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Trying to create a list of Gen4 Reactors & Status,

  1. May 16, 2013 #1
    This comes from the reactors listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_IV_reactor

    If more are presented in this format I will edit this post and allow mods to edit this post. I think it is interesting to follow the current progress of fission and hopefully I can get help in creating the list as some of you may also find a complete list interesting and useful. Perhaps we can submit a wikipedia page if we get a respectable list.

    If someone knows of a somewhat complete list let me know. My idea is to catagorize them, have a small segment about their status and provide a link for further information. I am submitting this post now so I can get feedback and whatnot. Either way this is my work in progress, I will probably be including interesting reactors like AVR since it has interesting history.

    Red=Current Blue=future Black= decommissioned etc

    Gen 4 reactors & Status

    Thermal reactors

    -A 25 MW, light water version of CAREM is currently being built near Atucha I Nuclear Power Plant as the first prototype and a second one of 200 MWe is planned to be installed in Formosa Province.
    --no working link and I'm not chasing it atm.

    Pebble bed reactors

    -High contamination, the reactor vessel was filled in 2008 with light concrete in order to fix the radioactive dust. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AVR_reactor

    HTR-10/ (HTR-PM)(possibly red?)
    -In 2005, China announced its intention to scale up HTR-10 for commercial power generation. The first two 250-MWt High Temperature Reactor-Pebblebed Modules (HTR-PM) will be installed at the Shidaowan plant in Shandong Province and together drive a steam turbine generating 200 MWe. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2009 and commissioning in 2013.

    -suffered a number of technical difficulties, and owing to these and political events in Germany, was closed after only four years of operation. One cause for the closing was an accident on 4 May 1986 with a limited release of radioactive dust caused by a human error during a blockage of pebbles in a pipe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/THTR-300

    -postponed indefinitely http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PBMR
    Last edited: May 17, 2013
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  3. May 17, 2013 #2
    CAREM isn't really a Gen IV reactor -it's just a basic LWR, mostly quite a lot like the hundreds of others already in use in power stations and submarines, although it does fit with most definitions of SMRs (small modular reactors).

    The WNA site is a good place to start (and generally more accurate/up to date than Wikipedia) - there's a decent list of the various fast spectrum reactors that have been built/planned over the years here. Also including some Gen IV reactors is the advanced power reactors page, and there's some good info on the Gen IV reactors page. The WNA reactor database allows searching by type and is pretty thorough, although it doesn't include all research reactors.

    The Gen IV International Forum site includes brief summaries of the technologies and the work being done on them.
  4. May 17, 2013 #3
    what a post zoomstreak! I feel foolish for not being acquainted with that website. I may need to re consider m original post or include the information from those websites, should I have the time. Seems like I cannot edit my first post, so for now it will include a LWR ;(
  5. May 18, 2013 #4
    NASA has taken some interests in developing next generation reactors for space.

    There's a couple of links in that paragraph that weren't included with the quote that lead to some interesting papers and news articles.
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