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Climate Ripe for Nuclear Advancements

January 3, 2022

Public and private investment into research and development of advanced technologies for nuclear power generation is on the rise. There’s support for large reactors, with China and Russia leading the way in building multiple advanced units, along with smaller projects offering faster construction—and lower build costs—that are more flexible and scalable.

Most large reactors operating today are Generation II designs, but more Generation III (and III+) reactors are coming online, and Generation IV reactors are being tested. Ventures led by U.S. billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have entered the picture in support of smaller reactors, with the Gates-backed TerraPower teaming with PacifiCorp, Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway power company, and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy on next-generation small reactor technology that would use new reactor fuels.

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