28 Feb '13, 11am
Mini Nuclear Reactors Earn Golden Fleece Award For Government Waste
nuclear power can be clean, although right now it is not. E.g. travelling wave reactor concept is far cleaner energy source than wind power. Also thorium / uranium / spent nuclear fuel reserves would last hundreds of millions of years and it would produces very little waste and is inherently safe. Too bad that it only works at drawing board, but not in the real life. Today there are no promising nuclear power concepts, because 4th gen nuclear is not economical and 3th gen nuclear produces far too much non-renewable waste to be considered clean. Also 3th gen nuclear is hardly economical. I think that there should be build prototypes of compact, maintenance free and self-contained nuclear reactors because we need then in near future Mars colonies. The launch costs are by itself so gigantic that it is irrelevant how economical LFTRs and TWRs are!