They chose to attend Palo Alto-based Y Combinator’s accelerator program to focus on building aMininuclear reactor that would produce up to ten MWt and could fit in two 40-foot intermodal shipping containers.

The UPower reactor was designed to serve the need forOff-gridelectric power.

These off-grid customers were in remote locations such as mining operations, military bases, Arctic townships, or even island nations.

While DeWitte and Cochran were ecstatic about the progress they had made and the enthusiastic open-mindedness of Bay Area investors to backing groundbreaking and even potentially contentiousBig ideas,” they wondered if their investors would have the patience to finance UPower over the long-term.