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SMALL REACTORS IN EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD?

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The Washington Post gets on the small nuclear reactor bandwagon today. Well, sort of.

After reminding readers of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl — and advising folks that environmentalists see nuclear proponent and Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore as a "turncoat" — the Post gets down to business.

"Today supporting nuclear power as a green alternative is quite mainstream" — thanks to President Obama and Bill Gates.  The question to build is not when, it is "where and how."

To this end, the Post conjures up the romance of small reactors — in "Any Town, U.S.A." — with a stroll past a movie theatre, the smell of fresh bread from the local bakery, all coupled with the "gentle steam plume" from the cooling tower of your local "miniature reactor that powers the quaint little burg"!

Read more at the Washington Post

GATES TAKES THE LEAD ON TRAVELING WAVE

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Silicon Valley may be pursuing the will-o-the-wisp of a solar economy (while quietly moving their manufacturing facilities out of California), but up in Redmond Bill Gates is embracing nuclear.

The world’s third richest man just chipped in $35 million to fund TerraPower, which is trying to develop the traveling wave reactor – a fast breeder reactor that could run for thirty years without refueling by consuming its own wastes. TerraPower (energy from the earth – get it?) is the outgrowth of Intellectual Ventures, another Gates startup that has been looking for cutting-edge technologies. Nathan Myhrvold, Microsoft’s longtime idea man, heads Intellectual Ventures.

Silicon Valley, much more enamored to this point with trendy wind and solar ventures, may finally be getting on board. Vinod Khosla, who has spearheaded the California plunge into renewbles, kicked in a small amount on TerraPower, as has Charles River Ventures, one of Boston area’s leading venture capital firms.

Read more at Market Watch