Brook slams Bill Gate’s adoption of the TWR

The TWR might give a bit more power earlier on, but in the longer term is an extremely wasteful strategy because it does not breed fuel!

Fact: Every tonne of fissile invested in a non-breeding reactor is a tonne of fissile unavailable for use in a reactor type that has growth potential.

Comment: Investing fissile material in a non-breeding (break-even) reactor is like putting money under a mattress. Deliberate net burning of fissile material is analogous to throwing banknotes into a fire.

via TerraPower’s Travelling Wave Reactor – why not use an IFR? « BraveNewClimate.

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