Relation of Security with Safety

Good Safety minimizes Security Risk – Nuclear safety makes system less useable to terrorists. The nuclear fuel isn’t very useable outside the power station.

Good Safety design of the Power Station and equipment is inherently robust against penetration or damage. Nuclear equipment is packaged in separate / strong rooms with controlled access and radiation protection / shielding.

Electronic controls and monitoring are “on” all the time, with local and remote sensing and reporting of any safety and/or security operations. All electronic functions are protected, both local and remote with secure cyber technics and equipment. All remote access is with secure lines and fully encrypted.

Nuclear Security

Lower threat to security due to the use of TRISO fuel, which is not easily used for “bad purposes” nor can it be “weaponized”. It is not likely to be used for unlawful or terrorist uses.

TRISO fuel is in a form that is inherently safe from being “converted” into some form of “radiation bomb” or “spread around a community” since the nuclear fuel is encased in small pellets of multiple layers of ceramic, which are then encased in a Carbon stack.

The ceramic coatings retain fission products during both normal operation and severe conditions. The coating temperature limit is higher than can be achieved during even the most severe conditions. Therefore, no significant quantities of radioactive fission products can be released under any credible condition. These practically indestructible ceramic fuel coatings assure the safety of the public and prevent any releases of radioactivity to the environment at all times.

Physical Security

The 5 Megawatt power station design is a modular design, with the nuclear power equipment located in a separate room with very significant thick walls, below ground level, incorporating radiation shielding and using multiple materials in the walls to thwart penetration.

The power output equipment is in a separate compartment in the single building complex. The power turbine uses heated Helium from the reactor to heat the nitrogen that is used in the Brayton Cycle power turbine to produce electricity. The Helium is not possible to become radioactive so it cannot transmit or release any radiation.

The control station houses the electronic control and monitoring equipment and the station operators and any security personnel assigned. The control station will be manned 24/7, and (like a fire station) provide living quarters for all personnel during their duty service.

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