nuclear reactor designs

Slowly Accelerate Fast Reactor Development

February 5, 2015 by Rod Adams

In one corner: people certain that breeder reactors that can effectively use the earth’s supply of fertile isotopes should be pursued as rapidly as possible. In the other: people who are just as certain that those devices have been proven to be such failures that it would be absurd to invest any more in them.[read more]

Can an Advanced Nuclear Reactor Design Ever Be Approved in the US?

January 12, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Advanced Reactor Design Approval

Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced that it is collaborating with Canadian firm Terrestrial Energy to develop the firm's proprietary Integral Molten Salt Reactor technology to the engineering blueprint stage -- and perhaps to regain some North American technological leadership in advanced nuclear power.[read more]

HTR-PM: Nuclear-Heated Gas Producing Superheated Steam

June 28, 2014 by Rod Adams

New Reactor Designs

The first HTR-PM (High Temperature Reactor – Pebble Module), one of the more intriguing nuclear plant designs, is currently under construction on the coast of the Shidao Bay near Weihai, China. This system uses evolutionary engineering design principles that give it a high probability of success.[read more]

Cheap Nuclear

May 5, 2014 by Breakthrough Institute

Nuclear Design and Technology

What is the best design to make next generation nuclear reactors safer and cheaper? That’s the question everyone is asking. The United States Department of Energy has recently bet that smaller will be cheaper, funding small modular reactors with passive safety features.[read more]


Energy Cost Innovation, Part 1: Liquid Fuel Nuclear Reactors

August 26, 2013 by Robert Hargraves

Liquid Fuel Nuclear Reactors

Low-cost, clean energy can help solve many world problems, from global warming to GDP stagnation. Nuclear power can be such an source, but the costs of solid fuel reactors continue to rise. Needed cost innovation may arise from a new technology: liquid fuel nuclear reactors.[read more]

Charles Forsberg's views on Generation IV nuclear costs

November 11, 2010 by Charles Barton

ORNL MSR development work focused almost exclusively on MSBRs, although Ed Bettis's reactor design shop did design some deep burn MSR converters. The AEC was interested in breeder reactors, so the ORNL focus was on the development of a MSBR, rather than on possibly simpler converters. During the 1960's the cost of Light Water Reactors...[read more]


UK moves ahead with eight new reactor sites

October 18, 2010 by Dan Yurman
UK Energy Minister Chris Huhne

Energy Minister Chris Huhne makes the urgent case for new nuclear power stationsThe UK coalition government confirmed eight sites Oct 18 as "suitable" for development of eight new nuclear reactor power stations within the next 15 years.  In a major policy statement the government also said it would release a statement on a price for...[read more]