posted on Feb, 14 2005 @ 01:23 PM
The only information I could find on sodium reactors are fast breeder reactors, which only use sodium as a coolant. So I'm assuming that's what
you're talking about.
There was a fast breeder in the US, Fermi 1 in Michigan. It ran until 1972, I believe when it's license was not renewed. The only remaining reactor
in the world is somewhere in Japan.
Right now, it's been pegged on tha fact that fuel for conventional reactors is so cheap that Fast Breeders cannot compete. In my own opinion, it
also has to do with the attitude towards nuclear pwoer in the US. We haven't built new reactors in, what, 25 years? Economic and social reasons are
holding back nuke reactors, not any sort of underhandedness.
Originally posted by Countermeasures
Just a question: Are these sodium reactors unsuitable for breeding weapongrade plutonium ?
No, they can if they are designed 'incorrectly'. So can regular nuclear reactors, the stuff is usually produced by purpose-specific reactors. So
that doesn't seem to be a reason for or against them.
Fast Breeder Reactors
[edit on 2-14-2005 by Esoterica]