Bill Gates’ nuclear firm plans hot, salty push into power

The nuclear power firm being hailed by Bill Gates as the answer to mankind’s future energy needs is planning a proprietary approach to an old atomic idea to further its global ambitions.

TerraPower is an offshoot of patent holding company Intellectual Ventures, which was co-founded by former 14-year Microsoftie Nathan Myhrvold. It was showcased by Bill Gates at TED in 2010 and the main area the firm is working on is a traveling-wave reactor (TWR).

A TWR mostly burns depleted uranium fuel, which is stacked in a long candle-like column and then ignited with a cap of enriched uranium. Such a fission reactor would take 50-100 years to burn itself down, with virtually no maintenance required or spent fuel to dispose of, and proposed power plants could produce 300MWe and 1,000MWe cheaply and simply.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/25/bill_gates_nuclear_firm_plans_hot_salty_push_into_power/

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