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The Politically Correct Atomic Reactor

The Politically Correct Atomic Reactor

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: EECS Colloquium Series. With energy emerging as an issue of domestic and international importance, the Nuclear Engineering Department at MIT has been quietly working on a technology that it hopes will meet the challenge of providing a clean, safe, and reliable source of electricity. What started in January 1998 as an Independent Activities Period (IAP) project, has blossomed into a full design effort whose goal is to build a nuclear plant that can compete with natural gas, be meltdown proof, and have a waste form that can be disposed of without reprocessing. The technology chosen was a high temperature, helium cooled, gas turbine powered, modular pebble bed reactor which was originally developed in Germany in the late 70's and 80's. The MIT... Show More

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