Those of us who study climate change know what’s needed is a safe, zero carbon energy source that is both cheaper than fossil fuels and able to supply electricity at all times, not just when the sun is shining or wind blowing.
A breakthrough has arrived with the Moltex Stable Salt Reactor. This technology is unlike conventional nuclear power in that the fuel, rather than being under pressure in solid form, is dissolved in molten salt. This makes it inherently safe because radioactive fission products – Caesium and Iodine – form a stable part of the salt mixture operating at atmospheric pressure. So there is no danger of these isotopes escaping and being carried in the air as happened at Chernobyl and Fukushima. Fuel can be existing nuclear waste, which is almost completely burned up. Very little of its own waste remains, and this decays after 300 years.
The technology team is being welcomed by the Canadian government to produce a working prototype, which could be up and running within ten years.
Affordable zero carbon electricity can finally be available to replace existing coal plants and provide baseload power to intermittent renewables at a price affordable in all parts of the world!