Nuclear: The Next Generation

New nuclear research in Europe, looking at the so-called ‘4th generation’ reactor designs, seems to promise a ‘closed’ fuel cycle that recycles almost all of the heavy isotopes produced by the initial fission of uranium, leading to a more sustainable form of nuclear power station. The only problem is that the technology to actually build these reactors is still decades in the future, which is why it is heartening to learn that India is looking into using thorium reactors to solve its energy needs.

2 thoughts on “Nuclear: The Next Generation”

  1. Thorium will reduce, but not eliminate, proliferation issues, so hopefully it will work out.

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