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Bill Gates Deals New, Safer Nuclear Reactors With China

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If you’ve gotten used to seeing Bill Gates in the role of Microsoft CEO, then as the image of his foundation fighting for poverty alleviation, now it’s time to see him entering the energy business. Not kind of energy business, though, but a specially controversial one: nuclear power.

Gates has begun discussions with Chinese authorities on building a newer and safer generation of nuclear reactors (Generation IV). Not only the new reactor can run on recycled nuclear fuel (depleted uranium), but it has lower residues and can withstand the harshest of quakes and tsunamis.

“The idea is to be very low cost, very safe and generate very little waste,” he said during a talk at China’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

The Microsoft co-founder is not new to nuclear power, having funded TerraPower, a company from Wasghinton that develops the Generation IV nuclear reactor. Bill Gates said that he’ll invest as much as a billion in R&D over the next five years.

China National Nuclear Corporation has recently stated that Gates is in talks with them for the development of such a reactor.

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