Nuclear Power: A Balanced Approach

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Science  10 Nov 1978:
Vol. 202, Issue 4368, pp. 581-584
DOI: 10.1126/science.202.4368.581


A proposed technological approach to meeting recognized nuclear power needs is a symbiotic combination of breeders and advanced converter reactors. Breeders, situated in secured areas, would be fueled with and self-sufficient in plutonium. The excess fuel produced in the breeder would be uranium-233, sufficient in quantity to supply several advanced converters located near load centers. This approach is suggested as a balanced way to meet important criteria applicable to the continued development of nuclear power.