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As the US nuclear fleet ages, one lab group hopes to give it a second wind

4 days ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / The Watts Bar nuclear power plant in Tennessee. (credit: Tennessee Valley Authority / Flickr )
Nuclear power provides roughly 20 percent of the United States' electricity and about half of the its low-carbon electricity. Whether you think nuclear power is a good or a bad thing, the fact is that the existing nuclear power fleet contributes a significant amount of energy to the US grid, and all that capacity is rapidly approaching its sunset years.
Most nuclear power plants were built in the 1970s and '80s and were planned around a 40-year lifespan. Only one new nuclear reactor has...
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