2 results for month: 05/2008


Keys to Lowering Reactor Costs: Advanced Materials

The cost inflation that is effecting the price of all new electrical generating facilities all over the world is a matter of serious concern. If we assume that anthropogenic global warming is going to require the replacement of virtually every carbon based energy source in the world with a carbon-free energy sources that means that most of the world's generating capacity must be replaced during the next 40 years. The last thing that we need right now is run away inflation of new generator costs. Advocates of renewable energy must face the same inflationary prospects as advocates of nuclear power. The inflation problems of renewable generating ...

Raymond Clare Briant

In 1957 Alvin Weinberg presented a paper whose ostensive lead author, Raymond Clare Briant had been dead for three years. This is a procedure is science to memorialize a scientist who had made a significant contribution to a research project but who had died before the contribution could be recorded in a scientific paper. In the paper Weinberg recored:At the Oak Ridge National Laboratory we have been investigating another class of fluids which satisfies all three of the requirements for a desirable fluid fuel: large range of uranium and thorium solubility, low pressure, and no radiolytic gas production. These fluids, first suggested by R. C. ...