Oregon State University started construction on a $4.8 million nuclear facility designed to be safer and more efficient.
Researchers said the technology could produce electricity, hydrogen to power automobiles, steam to heat a building complex, or provide a cheaper way to desalinate seawater.
“Like any new technology, it will take some time for this to gain acceptance,” said Brian Woods, an associate professor of nuclear engineering at OSU and director of this project, in a press release. “But by the middle of this century I could easily see high-temperature nuclear reactors becoming a major player in energy production around the world.”
Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.