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Aug. 4th, 2008

04:55 am - Toshiba builds mini-nuclear reactor

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Toshiba builds mini-nuclear reactor [EDIT: Hoax!. Thanks, beeblism.]

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

The 200 kilowatt Toshiba designed reactor is engineered to be fail-safe and totally automatic and will not overheat. Unlike traditional nuclear reactors the new micro reactor uses no control rods to initiate the reaction. The new revolutionary technology uses reservoirs of liquid lithium-6, an isotope that is effective at absorbing neutrons. The Lithium-6 reservoirs are connected to a vertical tube that fits into the reactor core. The whole whole process is self sustaining and can last for up to 40 years, producing electricity for only 5 cents per kilowatt hour, about half the cost of grid energy.

Toshiba expects to install the first reactor in Japan in 2008 and to begin marketing the new system in Europe and America in 2009….”

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From:selfishgene
Date:August 4th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
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Nice tech. I'm not sure who will get permission to buy it. I suspect their actual market will be very small.
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From:crasch
Date:August 4th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
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It appears to be a hoax. However, not all countries are as nuke-phobic as the U.S. and Europe, so I could see a market for it, if one was developed.
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From:bandicoot
Date:August 4th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
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You could put one in your garage and use it to power your entertainment system ;)
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From:crasch
Date:August 4th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
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You'll be able to see me play WOW from space.
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From:crasch
Date:August 4th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
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D'oh. Thanks.
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From:girlvinyl
Date:August 4th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
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D:
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