Japan abandons Monju fast reactor: the slow death of a nuclear dream
1956 US Navy Admiral Hyman Rickover summarized his experience of these reactors by saying they are 'expensive to build, complex to operate, susceptible to prolonged shutdown as a result of even minor malfunctions, and difficult and time-consuming to repair.' Sixty years later, this summary remains apt.
Fast neutron reactors are "poised to become mainstream" according to the World Nuclear Association.
The Association lists eight "current" fast reactors. But three of them - India's Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor, and the Joyo and Monju reactors in Japan - are not... read more
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