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Topic # 115150 15-Mar-2013 11:38
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  Reply # 782207 15-Mar-2013 11:47
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Yes. But contains the word 'nuclear' so will never achieve widespread use. People would rather sit in their darkened homes on a windless evening watching windmills not turn :P

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  Reply # 782215 15-Mar-2013 11:54
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Wernt the Americains experimenting with these reactors in the 50's to power aircraft?


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  Reply # 782230 15-Mar-2013 12:14
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It was amazing the progress that was being made on nuclear in the 50s and 60s. The same way that we are now adapting the rocket plans from that era as well for Space X and co.

It looks like a good technology, so does the other Thorium reactor design being rolled out in China now aswell.

Unikely to get a license for importing nuclear waste into New Zealand for this reactor though!

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  Reply # 782245 15-Mar-2013 12:41
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really interesting, video was well worth watching.

thanks for sharing.

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  Reply # 782255 15-Mar-2013 13:00
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I think the idea of having something that can use that currently unspent nuclear waste and render in a whole lot safer has to be a great move.

It sounds great - we are much too dumb to ever build such a system.

We would sooner try and dig up coal that no-one wants and import oil which will only go through the roof in price in the next few years.

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  Reply # 782277 15-Mar-2013 13:47
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Great idea, but still many practical problems to overcome. As far as NZ goes importing nuclear waste would not be popular. Even though Japan and France exchange waste through the Tasman sea for reprocessing already. If we really wanted to do that kind of thing it is better and safer to import virgin uranium. Our geology does not inspire confidence either. Better to wait until the technology has matured.

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  Reply # 782287 15-Mar-2013 14:14
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Here's the answer: plasma converter. Rubbish in, electricity out. 


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