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Texas Applies to Build Molten Salt Nuclear by 2025 |

September 2, 2022

For perspective, this reactor produces about 1300hp as heat. That is the equivalent thermal load of a 400 shaft-horsepower piston engine. It is warm enough to require cooling but not a significant size for power production. It is small enough to have large margins as they remove decay heat. The researchers can learn about fission product plating, radiation-induced material fatigue, and cooling loop corrosion. The next step is in-situ coolant reprocessing. RM

“Abilene Christian University (ACU) has applied to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a construction licence for a molten salt research reactor (MSRR), to be built on its campus in Abilene, Texas, as part of the Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing (NEXT) laboratory. ​ACU plans for the MSRR to achieve criticality by December 2025.”

Source: Texas Applies to Build Molten Salt Nuclear by 2025 |

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