Molten-salt reactors promise safer power, less cost

03/12/2013 | MIT Technology Review online

A revival of an old type of nuclear power reactor could run on nuclear waste, be immune to meltdowns and provide power at half the cost of current plants with a new design being developed by Transatomic, a spinoff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The reactors, which use molten-salt technology proven at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the 1960s, also are much smaller and can be produced in factories and shipped by rail.

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