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Author:  paul wick [ Sep 23, 2015 11:26 am ]
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Dan Yurman's article on today's news of deal between Terrapower and CNNC to prototype and commercialize the "Traveling Wave" reactor.

Terrapower inks deal with China’s CNNC to build fast reactor

Author:  jagdish [ Sep 25, 2015 4:46 am ]
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AP1000 design of US origin has been developed in China before being approved by the US NRC. Outsourcing of development to China after the initial design seems to be an expedient arrangement. There is no reason why the Terrapower should not follow the Westinghouse example. In case of MSR, even the design has been undertaken by the Chinese.
I hope the Terrapower will popularise the design as a means to dispose off the used LWR fuel stocks. They need to develop an economical reprocessing method too.
The UK, the holders of a large fissile fuel stocks, are stuck with costly French systems. Could they possibly take the lead with a fast MSR breeder? Moltex could be starting point.
If the rest of the world stumbles, Russia and China are quite steady on their nuclear feet.

Author:  Burghard [ Oct 03, 2017 6:53 am ]
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TerraPower Establishes Joint Venture with CNNC for TWR Co-Development

Author:  jagdish [ Oct 04, 2017 9:57 am ]
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Puts China firmly on fast reactor path. I wonder if they will buy up the RG recovered plutonium stocks quickly?

Author:  camiel [ Oct 05, 2017 1:00 pm ]
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'Traveling Wave Reactor' has become somewhat of a misnomer. As I understand the TerraPower design is now more like a standing wave reactor, where they try to shuffle the fuel around during the lifetime of the reactor. But it's really just a sodium-cooled fast reactor, which has already been tried and tested in several countries (EBR-II, Phenix, BN-800...)

Author:  jagdish [ Oct 06, 2017 7:11 pm ]
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Fast reactors are a new technology currently in progress only in India, Russia and China. Nothing wrong in an American company developing it in China.

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