Shane and Rod talk about a new nuclear research project that has been designated at HT3R – pronounced “heater”. It is a 10-25 MW thermal reactor with a closed cycle helium turbine. The project is a partnership between General Atomics, the University of Texas Permian Basin, and Thorium Power. The pre-conceptual design agreement was signed on February 22 and that stage of the process is scheduled for 6 months.
They also discuss the historical background behind Thorium Power and by extension talk about the benefits of seed and blanket technology for long life reactors and then move on to the project that was the last core of the Shippingport Nuclear Power Station.