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More on the Denatured Molten Salt Reactor from David LeBlanc

April 15, 2012 by Charles Barton

The Denatured Molten Salt Reactor (DMSR) is probably the simplest Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) design. The DMSR concept was first proposed by T.J.Burns et al, in ORNL 5388, Interim Assessment of the Denatured 233UFuel Cycle: Feasibility and Nonproliferation Characteristics. A second document, ORNL TM/TM 7202, CONCEPTUAL DESIGN...[read more]

Nuclear start-ups have stretch goals

April 13, 2012 by Dan Yurman

The desire is for independence and to innovate with great results Conceptual drawing of a molten salt reactor (Image: Idaho National Lab)Two recent nuclear energy start-ups have the potential to create new business opportunities with unconventional reactor technologies.  Two of them are pursuing new designs using molten salts...[read more]

The Molten Salt Reactor Family: Uranium Fuel

April 27, 2011 by Charles Barton

In an earlier post, I stated that there were many different possible Molten Salt Reactor designs. I pointed to nuclear fuel as one possible source of reactor design variations. There are two potential nuclear fuel cycles that can be used in Molten Salt Reactors. Choice of fuel cycles can make a difference in reactor designs. Today, I...[read more]

Does Nuclear Grade Graphite Burn?

April 1, 2011 by Charles Barton

Does Nuclear Grade Graphite burn?The Union of Concerned Scientists's Ed Lyman never met a reactor he liked, despited his profession that he is not prejudiced against nuclear power in principle. Are Lymans concerns about nuclear safety sound? Or is Lyman trying to lead us off the deep end? Is Lyman trying to convince us that a safe...[read more]

Keeping up with China: The Economic Advantage of Molten Salt Nuclear Technology

December 1, 2010 by Charles Barton

Last Friday, Brian Wang called attention to a Boomberg's article on Chinese nuclear cost. The Bloomberg's story reported that the French designed EPR would cost 40% less to build in China that in Europe:Areva SA said the EPR nuclear reactor costs 3 billion euros ($4 billion) to build in China, 40 percent less than the price tag...[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]