The first time I danced Salsa was when I met Jesabel. It was forbidden to dance Salsa in my home.

Did you know there’s a grass-roots campaign to include advanced nuclear energy in Puerto Rico’s future clean energy system? It’s the Nuclear Alternative Project.

Just this week, the Canadian Provinces of New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Ontario announced they were doing things differently, signing an MOU towards the accelerated deployment of small modular reactors. This will build on the Canadian regulator’s considerable licensing progress with a dozen advanced nuclear designs.

Of these vendors, ARC Nuclear has already engaged with New Brunswick and infrastructure firms. The ARC-100 will be a modular fast reactor capable of consuming conventional used nuclear fuel, with a twenty year refueling cycle. The design is derived directly from the highly successful EBR-II operated until the 1990s at Idaho National Labs.

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The Canadian provinces are intending from the outset to demonstrate SMRs, like ARC-100, not only to decisively achieve their climate targets, but to export globally. These small and sustainable units might be just right for Puerto Rico. But as Jesabel and Eddie’s story outlines, the island’s grid is fragile. Maybe not many power plants of normal or even small, modular size will fit. Maybe Puerto Rico will lead in its own way, with local, community-centred micro reactors.

Reactors like the Aurora Powerhouse announced this week by Oklo.

Image courtesy of Forest Stearns, Gensler, Businesswire.

The Aurora is built on years of technology research, development, and demonstration done at the U.S. national labs and universities, and work done by Oklo to make the Aurora possible. While heat and electrons are the product, the Aurora powerhouse is the main point for community interaction. We spent years thinking about how it could look, how it would function, and how it would become a point of pride in a community.

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