R&D Advances in TerraPower’s Expanding Laboratory TerraPower

R&D Advances in TerraPower’s Expanding Laboratory TerraPower

TerraPower aims to develop a sustainable and economic nuclear energy system while greatly reducing proliferation risks and creating new options for converting low-level waste into vast energy resources.

For nearly a decade, TerraPower maintained about 10,000 square feet of laboratory space. This is where we prove aspects of our two advanced reactor designs and explore other innovative nuclear science and technology approaches.

In addition to a full-scale fuel handing machine for the traveling wave reactor (TWR) technology, this facility also houses several salt loop experiments for the molten chloride fast reactor (MCFR) program.

This summer, TerraPower achieved major milestones with both designs. Idaho National Laboratory inserted TWR fuel into the advanced test reactor for testing and an MCFR salt loop achieved 1000 hours of continuous operation.

With high-quality results coming in, the TerraPower team shifted attention to guests interested in seeing our work in progress.

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