"There's actually a couple studies being done, one by Pacific Gas and Electric in California, and one by Florida Power & Light, as a way to beef up their renewable program," said Deal, who is the co-founder of Denver-based SMR pioneer Hyperion Power Generation - now called Gen4 Energy - which is developing an SMR based on technology from the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Conventional, large nuclear power plants have a capacity of over 1,000 megawatts. Small reactors in principle have a wide range from around 10 megawatts to around 300. Solar farms range from tens of megawatts to hundreds; a few are planned at over 1,000 megawatts.
"Obviously, putting a smaller, modular reactor on an existing nuclear site makes a lot more sense than starting from scratch. We'll have to see how that goes."
Deal left Hyperion about two years ago and is now CEO of IX Power, a Denver-based clean water company. While at Hyperion, he advocated using SMRs to help power water desalination.