Essay about The Progress of Commercial Nuclear Power

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As begins every typical paper written on the progress of commercial nuclear power, a bit of history related to the nuclear power industry is custom. Beginning with the Generation I reactors (early prototype reactors), such as Shippingport, Fermi I and Magnox, which lead us to Generation II reactors (commercial power reactors), such as the more commonly known light water reactors; pressurized water reactors (PWR) and boiling water reactors (BWR). Other General II reactors include the CANada Deuterium Uranium reactor (CANDU), advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR), and the voda voda energo reactor (VVER). Next are the Generation III reactors, which consist of the advanced boiling water reactors (ABWR), System 80+, AP600 and European pressurized …show more content…
State-of-the-art computational capabilities and expanded data and research have allowed company to venture into the research once again. One of the main companies seriously researching the route is TerraPower. In 2006, a company called Intellectual Ventures held an Invention Session to find a solution to global energy issues. The convention decided on the traveling wave reactor (TWR) as the path forward []. In 2008, TerraPower, a spin-off company of Intellectual Ventures, became a private company. The company began developing the first practical engineering embodiment of a breed-and-burn fast reactor. The initial studies focused on having the wave travel through fixed fuel []. Continuing further, in 2011, TerraPower completed the first practical engineering designs for the TWR-P (TerraPower’s prototype TWR reactor), with the fuel traveling through the wave []. Then, in 2012, TerraPower completes the conceptual design for the TWR reactor core. They are ready to finalize the conceptual design for the entire plant, and move to final design and start construction. They are also conducting test on materials and fuels and exploring potential partners to build the TWR-P [].

TerraPower, a company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, has not only the determination to turn the concept into reality, but also a well-rounded pool of

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