Your backyard nuclear plant will be ready in five years

Paul Raven @ 26-09-2008

Energy crisis? What energy crisis? You’ll be laughing all night in your floodlit garden under the gaze of your jealous fossil-fuel using neighbours once you’ve got Hyperion’s clean, safe and portable[1] backyard nuclear reactor up and running!

Hyperion Power Generation - backyard nuclear reactor

Yes indeed; using good clean water as both moderator and coolant, the Hyperion reactor simply cannot become a runaway reaction, and the uranium hydride fuel is useless for making weapons with – so you’ll not get any politically-motivated sanctions imposed on you by coalitions of powerful nation-states!

The Hyperion reactor will start shipping in the summer of 2013, so start saving now! Or alternatively take out a loan based on the projected amount of energy you’ll be able to sell back to an increasingly desperate and expensive national grid – provided you can find a bank that’s guaranteed not to collapse[2], or a cooperative government administration to bail you out when the worst happens.

[ 1 – 2.5m tall concrete unit can be transported by most commercially-available heavy plant machinery. ]

[ 2 – You may want to consider researching financial institutions based in China or other Asian nations. ]

[Story originally found at; image from Hyperion’s website, and there’s an interview with surprisingly lucid and woo-free Hyperion CEO; please note snarky tone of post is a form of gallows humour after an hour of wading through the day’s news.]

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5 Responses to “Your backyard nuclear plant will be ready in five years”

  1. Kian says:

    What kind of energy output is this expected to provide? Also is it April 1st?

  2. Paul Raven says:

    From Hyperion’s website:

    Perfect for moderately-sized projects, Hyperion produces only 25 MWe — enough to provide electricity for about 20,000 average American sized homes or its industrial equivalent. Ganged or teamed together, the modules can produce even more consistent energy for larger projects.

    Looks pretty genuine, though a lot can happen in five years.

  3. Kian says:

    That is absolutly brilliant. I look forward to hearing more about it as time goes on.

  4. Rubab says:

    nuclear energy for civil purposes is really good and this idea i am sure can help in coping up of energy crisis..

  5. Adam Rakunas says:

    So, how can I convince my anti-nuke hippie neighbors in Santa Monica that this would be an excellent thing for our city? Five of these and we’re set.