The Obama team is fond of saying that there are no silver bullets to solve our energy and economic problems. Generally good advice, but in fact there is a silver bullet for energy, and it even looks
like a silver bullet!
The Lone Polistranger is showing an actual-size core section of a Hyperion mini-reactor.
These are fully self-contained nuclear power capsules, developed at Los Alamos and already commercially available.
Each reactor gives enough electricity for 20,000 average households. This means that Spokane could be fully powered with a field of 15 Hyperions. The reactor never needs to be opened; when its fuel is used up (perhaps 5 years) the whole module is pulled out and replaced with a new one.
Present cost is about $25 million per unit, which will presumably drop when larger-scale production is possible.