Small modular nuclear reactors are often hailed as the savior of the struggling nuclear industry.

They’re cheaper, safer and more flexible than traditional light-water reactors. But many small modular reactor designs are also not fully proven on a commercial scale -- and they’ll likely not achieve scale for another decade.

In this week’s show, we’ll talk with Leslie Dewan, the co-founder and CEO of Transatomic Power, about what it will take to make nuclear 2.0 a reality. She’ll discuss regulatory challenges, cost barriers and finding venture capitalists willing to take on the risk.

Later in the show, we’ll examine some predictions for U.S.solar made by GTM Research’s Shayle Kann. And we wrap up with an overview of GTM Research's new report on how energy services are being offered in the connected home.

This podcast is sponsored by ReneSola, a tier 1 solar cell and module manufacturer with a decade of experience in the cleantech industry. 

The Energy Gang is produced by Greentechmedia.com. The show features weekly discussions between energy futurist Jigar Shah, energy policy expert Katherine Hamilton and Greentech Media Editor Stephen Lacey.