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    Toshiba has developed a new class of micro size Nuclear Reactors that is designed to power individual apartment buildings or city blocks. The new reactor, which is only 20 feet by 6 feet, could change everything for small remote communities, small businesses or even a group of neighbors who are fed up with the power companies and want more control over their energy needs.
    The 200 kilowatt Toshiba designed reactor is engineered to be fail-safe and totally automatic and will not overheat. Unlike traditional nuclear reactors the new micro reactor uses no control rods to initiate the reaction. The new revolutionary technology uses reservoirs of liquid lithium-6, an isotope that is effective at absorbing neutrons. The Lithium-6 reservoirs are connected to a vertical tube that fits into the reactor core. The whole whole process is self sustaining and can last for up to 40 years, producing electricity for only 5 cents per kilowatt hour, about half the cost of grid energy.
    Toshiba expects to install the first reactor in Japan in 2008 and to begin marketing the new system in Europe and America in 2009.

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    COOL!!!

    Can liquid lithium-6 be weaponized???
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Default Re: Toshiba Builds 100x Smaller Micro Nuclear Reactor

    How about :
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    Can liquid lithium-6 be weaponized???
    yes.....but......you could build something a thousand times more powerful for .0001 percent of the money and in .0000001 percent of the time.......splitting the Lithium atom was man's first nuclear reaction (Lithium Deuteride) and was the fusion fuel for staged nuclear reactions....but as a metal it's very unstable, a little moisture in the air and it turns to a black oxide compound.....but it's also high on the list of one of the most abundant materials on earth so there's lots to play with...
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    Default Re: Toshiba Builds 100x Smaller Micro Nuclear Reactor

    i have a Toshiba DVD player at home

    it sucks



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    Default Re: Toshiba Builds 100x Smaller Micro Nuclear Reactor

    Hmm. looks kinda like the old Navy PM3 reactor. Jim....

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    If these things work as claimed, it really does change everything.

    But will the environmentalists push their use to reduce coal and oil consumption? Will the US govt. allow them to be installed anywhere? Will the US energy industry lobby hard against them to protect their own interests?

    Five cents per kwh is less than I pay now, and I have a lower than average time-of-day rate. I expect to see "who killed the electric car" all over agian.

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    does that $.05/kwh figure in waste disposal?

    seems to me a proliferation of small nuke plants provides a proliferation of waste sites.

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    We can hardly handle recycling plastic bags,
    can you imagine.......

    I'm holding out for zero point energy
    We think we are living on a planet that is floating around the sun. It isn't true, there is no planet and there is no sun. There isn't anything, it's just pure consciousness and nothing more.


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    seems to me a proliferation of small nuke plants provides a proliferation of waste sites.
    How do you compare pounds of waste from fission plants to tons of waste from the burning of coal and oil --- waste that's released into the atmosphere and which is demonstrably destroying the planet? Do you really think there's a choice?

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    Default Re: Toshiba Builds 100x Smaller Micro Nuclear Reactor

    Question....what is the technology like in a nuclear powered sub? Something like this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanoose View Post
    Question....what is the technology like in a nuclear powered sub? Something like this?
    No. That's what's called a pebble reactor, a fairly new idea. Nuclear subs use conventional nuclear reactions, albeit somewhat miniaturized to the extent possible.

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    Default Re: Toshiba Builds 100x Smaller Micro Nuclear Reactor

    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Default Re: Toshiba Builds 100x Smaller Micro Nuclear Reactor

    I like my modules right where they are.

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    Default Re: Toshiba Builds 100x Smaller Micro Nuclear Reactor

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    Why not ?

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    I applied for a civilian nuclear reactor operator position for a swimming pool research reactor way back in the early 70's. The law then was that 3 licensed operators had to be on duty 24/7, one had to be within 30 (?) feet of the SCRAM switch at all times. Wonder if that's been changed?

    Any idea what they might cost?

    This is a lot like what Dwight Eisenhower had in mind in the late 50's when he envisioned a day when nuclear generated electricity would be so cheap that they wouldn't bother to meter it.

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    Default Re: Toshiba Builds 100x Smaller Micro Nuclear Reactor

    Quote Originally Posted by Milo Christensen View Post
    This is a lot like what Dwight Eisenhower had in mind in the late 50's when he envisioned a day when nuclear generated electricity would be so cheap that they wouldn't bother to meter it.
    Which does raise the question if is this another dream that in practice will not look nearly as pretty as it does in conception...

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    Default Re: Toshiba Builds 100x Smaller Micro Nuclear Reactor

    The lads over at slashdot are having some fun with this:

    Hopefully Sony doesn't get into this business. If you thought exploding laptop batteries were bad, wait until you get a Sony exploding nuclear reactor.

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    Default Re: Toshiba Builds 100x Smaller Micro Nuclear Reactor

    Quote Originally Posted by Nanoose View Post
    Why not ?
    Those smilies were in reference to Norm remark.
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Default Re: Toshiba Builds 100x Smaller Micro Nuclear Reactor

    The 200 kilowatt Toshiba designed reactor is engineered to be fail-safe and totally automatic and will not overheat.
    This ought to be fun to watch. I've got this electrician who reminds me some of "Curley". He'd probably take one of these suckers on with a hammer and a screw driver, if challenged.

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