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February 19, 2013

OSU builds simulator to test VHTR reactors

  • VHTRs have safety advantages over conventional nukes, and could one day lead to automobiles with zero emissions.
  • By BENNETT HALL
    Corvallis Gazette-Times

    CORVALLIS, Ore. — A new test facility under construction at Oregon State University could pave the way for next-generation nuclear technology that would do double duty, not only generating electricity but also producing hydrogen for fuel cells.

    Work is under way on a small-scale simulator of a very high-temperature nuclear reactor, known in the industry as a VHTR. The $4.8 million research project, funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is expected to come on line in April.


     
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