Monday, October 29, 2012

What!? Produce Power AND Consume All the Existing Nuclear Waste?!

Since it uses nuclear waste as fuel, countries could actually Pay to have them take the fuel to use in their reactors. 

Imagine if the government actually had brains.


Their invention is called a Waste Annihilating Molten Salt Reactor. It is a high temperature reactor which can consume the spent fuel left over from conventional light-water reactors (LWRs). The Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) is much more efficient at converting the uranium fuel into energy than LWRs. An LWR can make use of about 3% of the potential energy, whereas Transatomic suggest their MSR could utilize up to 98% of the energy in the fuel.

As the name suggests, the fuel in and MSR is liquid, which means that if a ‘meltdown’ starts to occur it is more easily dealt with. The MSR has a reactor shaped like a bathtub with a plug whole at the bottom. If anything goes wrong with the reaction, the plug melts and the entire contents of the reactor core can drain into a shielded underground container.

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1 comment :

  1. Intellect and government generally are as far apart as North pole and South pole.