New Nuclear Engine Speeds Nuclear Power
- Aug 27, 2018 9:00 am GMT
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Rotary Engine Burns Used Nuclear Fuel
King writes in his current column that
The engine would combine gasified transuranic elements -- ideally from nuclear waste sources -- with hydrogen in a Wankel engine, which looks like the one that powered some
Testing some components for the new engine is now taking place at the
The new nuclear engine is being privately funded; government money isn’t involved yet. Adams is chief executive officer of
In his article, King writes that the concept of the reactor is important because it moves beyond boiling water to make electricity. The engine produces direct shaft horsepower and doesn’t involve the normal heat-transfer stage of today’s nuclear power plants.
King’s article quotes Adams as saying the new engine will produce 340 megawatts of electricity “in a combined-cycle configuration,” which will be financially competitive with other generating sources.
Adams says in the article, “Much like the way your car converts chemical energy into mechanical work, our engine converts nuclear energy directly and safely into useful mechanical work. This eliminates a lot of expensive reactor equipment and paves the way for low-cost nuclear power plants.”
King cautions readers, as with much new technology, to be skeptical but excited.
The full column can be read at whchronicle.com
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