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Nov 18, 2020

Company Aims to Make Nuclear Reactors Pocket-Sized

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Hydrogen boron could be used essentially for radiationless portable reactors.


These reactors use gravity and buoyancy to spontaneously circulate the cooling water. Another selling point is the size. WIRED reports that it’s “about the size of two school buses stacked end to end, you could fit around 100 of them in the containment chamber of a large conventional reactor.”

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In their integral system test, they heated water with electricity to mimic the real deal in a mock-up reactor for engineers to run their tests on different components and how they interact with circulating water. In this way, the company can also model and plan against accidents and emergencies.

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