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The Traveling Wave Reactor: New Technology Would Use Nuclear Waste as Fuel, Eliminate It

Science & Tech  (tags: technology, nuclear power, nuclear energy, nuclear reactor, traveling wave reactor, bill gates, terrapower, science, energy, electricity, nuclear waste, nuclear waste disposal )

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Washington-based TerraPower is developing a new form of nuclear power called the traveling wave reactor. The experimental reactor, which would use nuclear waste as fuel, has attracted the investment of billionaire Microsoft Founder Bill Gates.


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Jo Fergus (2)
Wednesday March 9, 2011, 11:05 am
If people can stop auto-demonizing nuclear energy, perhaps we could get on with solving just about ALL the worlds biggest problems by creating clean and sustainable sources of energy...Sources that are NOT controlled by the PetroChem Giants!

Star Trek Federation...Here we come !

PollyAnna ;-P

David C (75)
Friday March 11, 2011, 7:12 am
Interesting article in Newsweek recently about the French nuclear energy system. Very interesting subject and even if we don't build new nuclear plants we still have to deal with the waste from old ones so this is a great potential process. Even if in the US we don't build more nuclear energy the rest of the world is moving forward with nuclear power...

I prefer we get off of petrol energy and use wind/solar, but nuclear seems to fit a piece of the puzzle from climate change emissions perspective. Lets just make sure that the owners don't self-regulate and aren't in it just for profit and if this technology can be done more good!!

Fareena Narine (58)
Friday March 11, 2011, 8:37 am

Deanna Shoemaker (7)
Friday March 11, 2011, 8:56 am
It seems it would be a great start. And starting a difficult journey is half the battle.

Ian Donelson (149)
Friday March 11, 2011, 10:21 am
Sounds viable, this could change the world.

Roger G (148)
Friday March 11, 2011, 1:22 pm
why try to stop technological advances ? do we still want to live with horse drawn carriages ?

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 12:16 am
Low maintenance, low risk, burns nuclear waste and with a long working life the carbon footprint of it's construction would be small. Unless you have a kneejerk nuclear reaction (sorry if that seems a bit punnish), where's the downside?
I will watch this one with interest.

Krasimira B (175)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 7:55 am
Noted with interest.

Nelson B (0)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 9:39 am
Sounds too good to be true.

LeMoyn Salmonsen (88)
Saturday March 12, 2011, 7:12 pm
Great we have plenty of waist to feed in.

Gvapo T (22)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 1:09 am
I have read about it in National Geographic some time ago. Great idea and I just hope it will not be missused

Gvapo T (22)
Sunday March 13, 2011, 1:10 am

Bonnie B (103)
Tuesday March 15, 2011, 3:23 pm
Noted with interest. Even long time anti-nuke activists seem to be sitting up and taking notice of this.
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