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By: ryanmercer

Jan 01 2008

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http://www.nextenergynews.com/news1/next-energy-news-toshiba-micro-nuclear-12.17b.html

“Toshiba has developed a new class of micro size Nuclear Reactors thatis designed to power individual apartment buildings or city blocks. Thenew reactor, which is only 20 feet by 6 feet, could change everythingfor small remote communities, small businesses or even a group ofneighbors who are fed up with the power companies and want more controlover their energy needs.

The 200 kilowatt Toshiba designed reactor is engineered to be fail-safeand totally automatic and will not overheat. Unlike traditional nuclearreactors the new micro reactor uses no control rods to initiate thereaction. The new revolutionary technology uses reservoirs of liquidlithium-6, an isotope that is effective at absorbing neutrons. TheLithium-6 reservoirs are connected to a vertical tube that fits intothe reactor core. The whole whole process is self sustaining and canlast for up to 40 years, producing electricity for only 5 cents perkilowatt hour, about half the cost of grid energy.”

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