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Microsoft veteran boots up nuclear reactor R&D

Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:21 pm
by MSimon
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http://djysrv.blogspot.com/2008/09/micr ... clear.html

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What makes the firm noteworthy for the nuclear industry is that in August the Puget Sound Business Journal reported that the firm has shifted gears away from short term returns and, for one project, started an investment with a payoff measured in decades. It hired 30 nuclear engineers to design a new type of nuclear reactor that doesn't require enriched uranium for its fuel. As advocates of alternative reactor designs know well, that kind of project could take a long time to gain market share.

Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 5:13 pm
by 93143
It hired 30 nuclear engineers to design a new type of nuclear reactor that doesn't require enriched uranium for its fuel.


[cough]CANDU[/cough]


...okay, fine, so it looks like they may be going for other advantages too...

Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 2:05 pm
by olivier
Their design is a ressucitation of Ed Teller's described here, a fast neutron breeder reactor fueled for a lifetime, a throw-away reactor in a sense. Sounds interesting, don't you think ?