When today’s children are in their 40s, 9 billion people will want a decent standard of living as resources diminish. For every environmentally-friendly person, there are several thousand self-centred energy users who don’t care where it comes from, as long as it’s there 24/7.
Only one technology can meet the demands of everyone on the planet, for all of time. That technology is the breeder reactor and the cutting-edge version, ready for manufacture today, is the GE Hitachi PRISM Power Block.
Of all the issues facing the UK’s nuclear sector, the problem of plutonium is perhaps the trickiest. But a solution that could feed into a perceived need for the country to resume a position of developing and building new reactor technologies in the future is currently before the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.