nuclearpowerplant Microsofts Bill Gates in talks with China for safer nuclear reactors

Bill Gates, former CEO and current chairman of Microsoft, is in talks with China on how to build a safer and more efficient nuclear reactor.

Bill Gates, former CEO and current chairman of Microsoft, is in talks with China on how to build a safer and more efficient nuclear reactor.

 
Gates announced the venture at a talk at the Ministry of Science and Technology in China, where he said that he is helping Chinese scientists to come up with a design for a fourth generation reactor that will be both cost effective, extremely safe, and generate very little waste, addressing three of the biggest concerns with existing nuclear reactors.
 
Gates' involvement comes through his company Terrapower, which attempts to find new solutions to energy problems. He said that Terrapower was still in the early stage of talks with China's National Nuclear Corporation.
 
nuclearpowerplant Microsofts Bill Gates in talks with China for safer nuclear reactors
 
He expects that that research into the new reactor will cost upwards of $1 billion, but the payoff could be significant, as countries around the world struggle to cope with energy demand, the environmental concern of high carbon emissions, and the safety concerns of nuclear reactors, demonstrated by the disaster in Japan earlier this year.
 
Part of the new design will involve building the reactor to withstand tidal waves and earthquakes, to help avoid a repeat scenario of the Fukushima incident.
 
“All these new designs are going to be incredibly safe,” said Gates. “They require no human action to remain safe at all times.”
 
Source: BBC