The proposed nuclear system’s greatest safety advantages are its small size and simplicity. One of the ways new nuclear plant designs have increased safety over the last 20 years is by simplifying the overall design and operation. As stated in the Vision, if nuclear energy is to compete with fossil fuels, then we should assume that tens of thousands of reactors or more will be built. We should also assume that unplanned transients will inevitably occur. The impact of such a transient, however, would be much smaller and much easier to handle and maintain because of the small size of the system. Below are a number of ways the system will be incredibly safe:

Voyager 1 is powered by thermoelectrics and has traveled billions of miles for over four decades without any maintenance.