In 2016, a group of Puerto Rican-born engineers, working for the U.S. nuclear industry, and motivated by the benefits modern nuclear reactors can have for Puerto Rico and its economy, decided to launch the #Nuclear4PuertoRico effort.
The group realized that the only way to eradicate misinformation about nuclear was by bridging the gaps between the experts and grassroots community, taking into consideration the history and culture of Puerto Rico.
Why an Advanced Reactor for Puerto Rico?
Reliable Base Load
Puerto Rico possesses a modern infrastructure, U.S. military bases, manufacturing and pharma sector. Puerto Rico needs a base load with the reliability and resiliency commensurate with
With a capacity factor of 90%, passive cooling safety enhancements, and robust design, no other base load generation can match nuclear.
In response to the effects of climate change in Puerto Rico, local leaders have adopted an aggressive path towards decarbonization of the power generating fleet.
Modern Nuclear Reactors provide the zero-emission base load to achieve decarbonization goals.
Puerto Rico needs an energy source that produces jobs and can sustain the demands of a vibrant and robust economy.
No other energy source matches the tax base revenue for local schools, job creation capability, and
global export potential that nuclear energy can provide.
Protection of Natural Resources
The path to decarbonization must not sacrifice one of Puerto Rico's most valuable resource - its land.
Puerto Rico needs to cut its heavy dependency on fossil fuel imports.
Compared with other energy sources, modern reactors require less land per kilowatt hour. Also, the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) for new reactors is limited to the site boundary.
The fuel cycle for advanced reactors is very low, with most modern designs requiring refueling no less than 2 years. This will drastically reduce fuel imports to the Island.