Microsoft is searching for a key figure to spearhead its nuclear technology strategy, focusing on implementing small modular reactors (SMRs) and microreactors for its data centers, reports Datacenter Dynamics. This move follows the company's recent procurement of Clean Energy Credits from Ontario Power Generation involving. The global demand for sustainable power is surging, and Microsoft aims to be at the forefront of this energy transition.
To stay ahead in the energy game, Microsoft is actively recruiting a principal program manager specializing in nuclear technology. This individual will be tasked with devising and executing a strategy revolving around SMRs and microreactors. Their primary objective will be to ensure these reactors can efficiently power Microsoft's vast array of data centers.
This initiative is not Microsoft's first foray into the nuclear realm. Recently, it entered into an agreement with the Canadian firm Ontario Power Generation, acquiring Clean Energy Credits. While these credits currently encompass traditional nuclear energy, there's potential for including credits from future SMR projects that Ontario Power Generation has in the pipeline.
The chosen candidate for this pivotal role will join Microsoft's energy innovation team, collaborating closely with P. Todd Noe, the company's director of nuclear technologies engineering. Noe has publicly emphasized the transformative nature of this position, viewing it not merely as employment but as a mission to revolutionize the way energy is produced and consumed globally.
The urgency for such a role is underscored by the increasing challenges data centers face worldwide. With power availability becoming a significant hurdle, especially in densely populated regions like Northern Virginia, there is a pressing need for new power solutions. Traditional nuclear plants have had their share of setbacks, but SMRs, with their compactness and cost-efficiency, are emerging as a potential game-changer.
Several industry giants are already exploring the potential of SMRs. Rolls-Royce, Last Energy, NuScale, and Oklo are some of the notable names making strides in this domain. With the global shift towards renewable energy sources, data center operators are eyeing SMRs as a viable solution to their escalating power demands. Plans are already in motion, with initiatives like Green Energy Partners' proposal to construct multiple SMRs near Virginia's Surry Nuclear Power Plant.
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If they can do this and prove the viability, reliability, and safety of the technology, maybe we'll finally get people to accept nuclear fission is the way to go to meet our clean power demands until fusion is finally a thing.Reply
Yes, lets give Skynet the energy independance it needs ;)Reply
SMRs are very much not renewable energy as you can't just create more nuclear fuel....Reply
But if Microsoft or whoever can lawfully use one of these reactors, they might as well give it a shot. The waste should be pretty manageable and more energy diversity is more better, as long as it's not wasting tax money.
How very Soviet of them.Reply
Yes you can. At least in the sense that you can get more out of whatever fuel you put in than in a traditional reactor.Giroro said:SMRs are very much not renewable energy as you can't just create more nuclear fuel....
Breeder reactors and SMRs are not one and the same thing though. So, supply, such as in the U.S. currently half from abroad, and waste management, those are still issues. And e.g. here in Europe, wind farms still end up producing electricity at a lower cost per kWh.hotaru.hino said:Yes you can. At least in the sense that you can get more out of whatever fuel you put in than in a traditional reactor.
So solar panel farms are old school now. If I live long enough and I have a great. great grand son and he asked can we go see the historical old school data center. Hell no little one unless you want 3 eyes and a tail.Reply
I was back east in Tennessee and the nuclear power plants where I was staying pretty much said if we have a melt down don't worry running your already dead and Have a nice day. I started to ask the locals why every bank or building had the nuclear sign with nuke symbol. o_O
But there's nothing preventing breeder reactors in something classified as an SMR. SMR only defines size, capacity, and how it's manufactured, not the type used.DavidLejdar said:Breeder reactors and SMRs are not one and the same thing though.
stonecarver said:I started to ask the locals why every bank or building had the nuclear sign with nuke symbol. o_O
It has been a long time since I have seen a fallout shelter sign. As a kid you would see these all over the place. Are you old enough to remember the duck and cover drill at school?
Shhh My dad my whole life said he was 37 I'm sticking to that myself. He passed at 78 but I will say my 30's now feel like a distant memory.punkncat said:Are you old enough to remember the duck and cover drill at school?