Taylor-Wilson-nuclear-weapon-detectorA teenager designed a cheap and safe modular fission reactor at the impressive age of only nineteen. The reactor is an invention of Taylor Wilson, who worked on it for the past one year. He claims that his design has 30-year fuel life and very low usage cost, making it perfect for developing nations.

Instead of following the conventional procedure for heating up water using uranium dioxide fuel, Wilson decided to test heating up of gas, creating 50 % more efficient molten salt reactor. This increase in efficiency is due to the much higher temperature at which the new reactor operates.

Besides operating at up to 700 degrees Celsius, the new reactor also generates up to 100 megawatts of electricity. The fuel used to operate the molten salt reactor is the the highly enriched uranium and weapons-grade plutonium collecting dust since the Cold War.

The reactor should be refueled once every 30 years, which significantly reduces the risk of proliferation. Compared to conventional reactors, the new design does not operate at high pressure, making it less prone to explosions.

Wilson is convinced that in a few decades from now, his new design will lead the way to a carbon-free energy generation

1 COMMENT

  1. I don’t want to disparage Mr.
    Wilson, and indeed we should celebrate the interest being generated
    surrounding the Molten Salt Reactor technology. 
    We should know this technology has been around since the middle 60s and
    was ignored, pushed aside by powers interested in the current nuclear energy
    scheme.
    Ref: 
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molten_salt_reactor    (See
    the history and note: 1965 – 1969)
    Edward Teller, father of the H-Bomb
    endorsed the technology:
    http://www.coal2nuclear.com/MSR%20-%20Thorium-Fueled%20Underground%20Power%20Plant%20Based%20On%20Molten%20Salt%20Technology%20-%20moir_teller.pdf
    http://energyfromthorium.com/

    Kirk Sorenson – have followed this fellow for at least 3
    years
    http://flibe-energy.com/company/
    We should embrace this technology and my
    hat is off to Taylor Wilson, he is indeed a bright fellow and we need his kind
    to move us to the future.

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