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Imagine how the nuclear energy debate might differ if the fuel was abundant and distributed across the world; if there was no real possibility of creating weapons-grade material as part of the process; if the waste remained toxic for hundreds rather than thousands of years; and if the power stations were small and presented no risk of massive explosions
Despite not making a ripple in the wider press, there's a chance this development could be very significant. If the advocates of LFTRs are proved correct – and their arguments are certainly very compelling – then the Chinese could be taking one of the first substantial steps in a new type of nuclear race. And the stakes are high: as Sorensen reports, the project "aims not only to develop the technology but to secure intellectual property rights to its implementation". It will be very interesting to see what happens next.
Originally posted by tsawyer2
reply to post by discostu123
Thanks! That is some good reading. I didn't seem to understand the graph in your second link though:
That seems to say that this type of reactor is quicker to put out a 5 rem dose of radiation to an individual a heck of alot quicker than weapons grade plutonium.
Did I read that right?