I'm not sure how one of these would be of much use to terrorists - you couldn't make any form of an explosive device from it because it contains nothing that would be of use. The Lithium-6 it contains is stable, and the quantity is very small.
There are easier ways for terroorists to do what they do.
I look forward to these reactors coming into use - half-price electricity sounds like a pretty attractive proposition, but I wonder how much the reactor costs in the first place.
would be in the form of possibly the ultimate dirty bomb. I used to know some guys who had a talent for opening things up with minimal amounts of plastic explosives that had to be seen to be believed. Such skills, although hard to come by, are by no means a monopoly of the military.
But the cost has to be put into perspective. Actual energy production from them-like all nuclear plants-is completely carbon free. The (carbon)commissioning costs would probably be similar to a conventional power plant. (It should be born in mind that a reactor is a surprisingly small piece of equipment. The ones that run nuclear submarines, for instance, are about the size of a large dustbin). Presumably so many are being planned in an effort to bring financial costs down.
And maybe they will be designed for ease of a complete swapout at the end of their lifetimes.
that a reactor is a surprisingly small piece of equipment"
Except that this one measures 20 feet by six feet.
I'm not sure that even the cleverest terrorist could make a dirty bomb from one of these reactors - there wouldn't be enough radioactive material to make much of a show, would there?
I didn't realise that the reactor in a nuclear sub was as small as a dustbin - the reactor compartments are certainly pretty big. In a US Los Angeles class sumarine the reactor compartment is around 40 feet by 30 feet, and weighs 1680 tons. The reactor itself can put out 550 Megawatts, which is enough to power around half a million homes. A thing that size would certainly make a very dirty bomb.
are a pretty old design, dating at least in concept back to the late 60's, with several variants. Things have come along considerably from those days. Eg: early american carriers had 8 reactors, now they have 2.
The large dustbin size figure I mentioned was told to me by a friend who is a chief on one of the trafalgars. But presumably thats without sheilding.