Reactor That Burns Depleted Fuel

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    A Reactor That Burns Depleted Fuel Emerges as a Potential 'Game Changer' - NYTimes.com

    This reactor (pdf) works something like a cigarette. A chain reaction is launched in one end of a closed cylinder of spent uranium fuel, creating a slow-moving "deflagration," a wave of nuclear fission reactions that keeps breeding neutrons as it makes way through the container, keeping the self-sustaining reaction going.

    And it goes and goes, perhaps for 100 years, said former Bechtel Corp. physicist John Gilleland.

    http://www.intellectualventures.com/docs/terrappower/IV_Introducing TerraPower_3_6_09.pdf

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