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Plentiful Energy: The Story of the Integral Fast Reactor: The Complex History of a Simple Reactor Technology, with Emphasis on Its Scientific Bases for Non-Specialists

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The Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) is a fast reactor system developed at Argonne National Laboratory in the decade 1984 to 1994. The IFR project developed the technology for a complete system; the reactor, the entire fuel cycle and the waste management technologies were all included in the development program. The reactor concept had important features and characteristics tha ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Yulin Zhuang
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was an odd combination of memoir, position paper, and technical exposition.

The authors draw from their experience working on the Integral Fast Reactor to address the possibilities of the technology. The argument is quite convincing, though I'm sure there are easier summations available elsewhere.

The anti-nuclear lobby and environmentalism make for quite odd bedfellows. Given the enormous damage that fossil fuel burning is causing right now, environmentalists are in direct opposition to
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Jani-Petri
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very good and detailed account of the history and technology behind integral fast reactor. Sometimes the book is probably not accessible to a layman since authors assume that readers know something about fundamentals of nuclear energy. Even I couldn't follow some of the discussion about electrorefining since I didn't have strong enough background in chemistry. Discussion about proliferation was very good. I thought that when authors promoted IFR as better than LWR because it will be easier to li ...more
Jon-Erik
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scientia
Couldn't keep going. A bunch of bureaucratic history (and whining) that makes the volume impenetrable in places. I'd rather read about the technology and how it applies. Moving on.
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