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    TheTimPotter
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    So, Bill Gates’ new company TerraPower is looking for a location to build a prototype reactor which will require rewriting laws if located in the states. Does anyone think that we might sell him on a concrete barge?

    #12799
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    TSI could and probably should! If not as ‘seasteading’ then as an opportunity to develop operational theories.

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    TheTimPotter wrote:
    So, Bill Gates’ new company TerraPower is looking for a location to build a prototype reactor which will require rewriting laws if located in the states. Does anyone think that we might sell him on a concrete barge?

    This looks very interesting, and putting it at sea gives a whole new meaning to “traveling wave reactor”.

    Such reactors could even be moved around the world as needed, as for instance in case of a natural catastrophe that damaged power infrastructure.

    #12817
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    Some links to information on this would be a good addition to this thread.

    TheTimPotter wrote:

    So, Bill Gates’ new company TerraPower is looking for a location to build a prototype reactor which will require rewriting laws if located in the states. Does anyone think that we might sell him on a concrete barge?

    #12818
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    Technology.

    WSJ coverage.

    And finally the page that gave me this thought, quoting the relevant text below:

    “A prototype traveling wave reactor still needs to be constructed, in order for that to happen a suitable location will need to be found and local nuclear regulations and laws will need to be changed.”

    #12819
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    That’s exactly what I was looking for, thanks.

    This does seem pretty interesting, though I haven’t seen yet what makes this systemn different from all the past failed attempts. Put one of these on a barge and you could power several seasteads for a very long time. It also go tme thinking about the viability of electric boats. I really haven’t seen much other than electric thrusters powered by diesel generators. But with a sea based reactor small electric vessels for ‘stead to ‘stead transport may be a good idea as well.

    Is there anyone at TSI that thinks this wave reactor could be a good step towards its eventual goals?

    TheTimPotter wrote:

    Technology.

    WSJ coverage.

    And finally the page that gave me this thought, quoting the relevant text below:

    “A prototype traveling wave reactor still needs to be constructed, in order for that to happen a suitable location will need to be found and local nuclear regulations and laws will need to be changed.”

    #12824
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    It’s a huge reactor so it would not work for boats, that would be the competing LFTR that you might be able to put on a boat. I have no idea how safe that would be.

    It wouldn’t be built to power anything…but to test the idea. It would support a small economy, and yes it would also supply all the power although that is more of an externality. It would be there for 50 years, and when it is spent there would be a barge that needs to be repurposed.

    #12825
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    HaHa. I wasn’t talking about putting a reactor on a boat.

    I was thinking it would allow us to have anough power to charge elctric boats that are docked to it. You probably wouldn’t want electric boats if you were using wind or solar because they use too much power, but with a reactor you’d probably have power to spare on a seastead. You have a boat ferrying people from the mainland to the seastead, plug the boat in for 20 minutes and you have enough power for another trip (Obviously a 20 minute charge would probably only get you 2 or 3 hours, so may not be pheasible for the IEE, except for ferrying between seasteads in close proximity).

    TheTimPotter wrote:

    It’s a huge reactor so it would not work for boats, that would be the competing LFTR that you might be able to put on a boat. I have no idea how safe that would be.

    It wouldn’t be built to power anything…but to test the idea. It would support a small economy, and yes it would also supply all the power although that is more of an externality. It would be there for 50 years, and when it is spent there would be a barge that needs to be repurposed.

    On an unrelated note, how would this reactor on a stead hold up to a Tsunami like the one that just ran across the pacific? At least if it did get F-ed up it wouldn’t melt down a whole city.

    #12826
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    Oh ok. Yeah maybe for ferrying. Probably a better idea for submarines.

    I don’t think that a Tsunami would be an issue…the wavelength is thousands of feet until it gets close to a shoreline. It would be a substantial barge too.

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