breeder reactors

Russia Continues Sustained Fast Breeder Reactor Effort

July 1, 2014 by Rod Adams

Russia Reactor Development

On June 26, 2014, the 60th anniversary of the start of the 5 MWe Obninsk reactor that was the first reactor in the world to routinely supply electricity to a commercial power grid, Russia started up the latest in a series of sodium-cooled fast reactors, the BN-800.[read more]

Fast reactor future – the vision of an atomic energy pioneer

September 14, 2010 by Barry Brook
Dr. Leonard J. Koch

REACTOR PIONEERS — Some of those who worked on EBR-I posed in front of the sign chalked on the wall when EBR-I produced the first electricity from atomic power. Koch is front row, second from right. When I was in Idaho Falls in August 2010, one of the places I visited was the Experimental Breeder Reactor I. It’s now a publicly accessible...[read more]

The MSR, LMFBR decision: Reason and Science Take a Back Seat

May 24, 2010 by Charles Barton

Nuclear Green has in the past offered sketches of the early history of reactor design. The classic reactor design was created by Enrico Fermi, and featured a solid core. Fermi was a physicist, and in a way designed his first reactor as a physics experiment. From the view point of process, materials were placed in the nuclear core and...[read more]

Will We Run Out of Uranium?

February 7, 2010 by Charles Barton

I noted on Friday, that there is strong evidence that a nuclear Renaissance is underway, and that the number of new reactors under construction, being planned, and under consideration is rapidly increasing. Brian Wang has pointed out in a private communication that present world Uranium mining capacity would be unable the demand for...[read more]