What advanced nuclear reactor designs are likely to be successful and why?
- Nov 15, 2018 10:02 pm GMTNov 15, 2018 10:02 pm GMT
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Recent studies by the Third Way, a DC think tank, point to 40 separate efforts to develop advanced nuclear reactor designs.
As some readers may recall, US Navy Admiral Hyman Rickover pointed out that paper reactors are easy to design. The hard part is building one.
This axiom was proved recently as Transatomic Power folded its high profile tent saying that their design would not be commercially viable.
Examples of advanced designs include TRISO fueled systems, molten salt, sodium cooled, lead cooled, etc. It's a long list.
So what are the success factors that will bring any of these designs to market and what firms are more likely to master them than others? Please post your replies here.