Electrifying Nuclear Power Promises Fall to Earth

A nuclear energy startup’s bold claims are fading. Transatomic Power, which is backed by Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, famously promised to upend the nuclear power sector, claiming that a new molten salt reactor design could run on spent nuclear fuel and "generate up to 75 times more electricity per ton of mined uranium than a light-water reactor." But prompted by an informal investigation by MIT professors, the company has updated its calculations and now says that it can only generate "more than twice" as much. Our own James Temple investigates.
Source: MIT Technology Review

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