Mini Nuclear Reactors for the masses?

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  1. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    Sounds interesting, and the comments on the page make it just a little more entertaining.

    http://www.dailytech.com/Miniature Nuclear Reactors to be on Sale Within 5 Years/article13389.htm

    http://www.hyperionpowergeneration.com/

    if it does as it states, its certainly a step in the right direction for my kind of energy production...cheap and less polluting.
     
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  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    When are we going to see this in a MacBook Pro?


    Hello?
     
  4. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    Sounds like a good plan really, 20,000 homes powered by a hot tube :p

    Technology (for me) is now passing the point of believability, it's getting to the stage of mind blowing...
     
  5. sangosimo Guest

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    portable nuclear reactors...accident waiting to happen imo
     
  6. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    At last, the power source for the G5 PowerBooks! :D




    <quagmire>I've got a hot tube in my pants. OH!</quagmire>
     
  7. Sdashiki thread starter macrumors 68040

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    You didnt read the article. And I even pasted it IN the thread, saving you the arduous task of clicking it.

    Its not "portable".
     
  8. Queso macrumors G4

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    Interesting, although many will be horrified at this prospect. However, what happens to the spent fuel? Does it get recycled into new fuel pods?

    Oh and BTW, I so want one of these :D
     
  9. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    that is awesome. lets hope its put to good use.
     
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    I would say this is a good company to buy stock in.
     
  12. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    It's only when they're also unlicensed and strapped to our backs that they truly become hazardous. ;)

    Seriously, interesting. The big danger with this, I think, is that, as small as these reactors are, we still need a plan for disposing of nuclear waste. Yucca Mountain is still far from reality.
     
  13. RumorzGuy macrumors 6502

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    I find the idea of everyone owning a mini nuclear reactor rather unsettling. Well, obviously, it won't really be everyone, as these things, if they ever really come to market, will undoubtedly be very expensive, and will only be affordable by the most affluent sectors of society. Yet still, the idea of having small nuclear reactors buried all over the place just causes me alarm. Accidents will eventually happen, particularly as the units become more readily available; then what?

    Maybe Freddie Flintstone had the right idea.

    Put your feet to the pedal . . . I mean, to the dirt, Freddie! :)
     
  14. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    When they are running down, just let them have enough power to propel them into the Sun.

    Problem solved. [​IMG]
     
  15. skunk macrumors G4

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    Christmas is just around the corner... :)
     
  16. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Too bad it's not in Wasilla.
     
  17. j26 macrumors 65832

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    Surely if it can run a chain reaction it can be over-stoked, or the control system could fail. There could be mini China Syndromes all over the place.
     
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  19. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Not really. These are most likely to be used all over the third world. Here in the US it is cheaper to drop a line from the nearest utility pole if you need power. These will see use where there are no utility poles.
     
  20. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Yes it does. And I think a direction in the right direction.

    It's not portable, nor cheap. The article also says that it does not use weapons grade fuel.

    :)

    I believe that this type of concept is the best way to proceed. Wind power is not reliable 24/7. Solar panels have their limitations as well.
     
  21. skunk macrumors G4

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    Out of mind, out of control...
     
  22. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    It is possable to design a "fail safe". That means when the failure does happen,and surly it will, it fails in a safe way. For example, if you are concerned about run-away heat and a meltdown then you make some critical parts out of a material that melts at a low (safe) temperature.

    This is different then simply instaling some kind of electronic sesor that detects a fault and shuts the device down. the sensor can fail. Fail safe devices are designed to fail under specific conditions. A reactor like this would have several design features that are each designed to fail in out of bounds conditions
     
  23. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Agree.

    From the Article:

    This in itself tells me that it will be a safe design.
     
  24. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    From Hyperion Power Generation:

     
  25. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Sounds promising, but I wonder if the environmentalists would ever allow this. They would probably tie it up in court for years and years.
     

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