New reactor that uses common U238

Discussion in 'Physics' started by Kermit2, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. Kermit2

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    http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/38148/?p1=A4

    Instead of expensive and complex refining and filtering to get U235, this reactor will use the much cheaper and much more abundant version of uranium, U238, to create Plutonium239 and let it power the reactor.

    Hurry up already :)
     
  2. BillO

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    Heck, one in every basement!:)
     
  3. nucleargungus

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    Seriously candu (canadian uranium deuterium) reactors have been in commericial production since the 1970's haven't worked at one but have friends who have.

    Robert
     
  4. Papabravo

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    U235 is for weapons - not power although I suppose it could be used for that purpose. U238 is impractical for weapons.
     
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