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Taylor Wilson is an 18-year-old scientist who built a nuclear fusion reactor in his parent’s garage at the age of 14 – and he just unveiled his work on a new modular nuclear fission reactor that could be more efficient than existing nuclear plants. After speaking last year about his first experiences with nuclear power, Taylor returned to TED2013 to talk about his new project.

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  1. injusticehere March 5, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Another Twerp showcased and groomed by the Nuke and Weapons industry, sure he will be fast talking and wanky but in the end help with the destruction of biological life on this planet.
    Come up with a solution to the waste please and stop this nonsense aka Social Network rubbish sponsored by weapons industry take 2.
    Start with cleaning this up and then the rest of the worlds waste then you are a genius anything else is just greed and ego.
    Go on I dare you little NWO Puppet twerp:

  2. aigarius March 3, 2013 at 10:16 am

    The size limiting factor of a fission power station is not fission – that part ir relatively easy (it’s basically a heating element), most of the design complexity is in the non-nuclear parts: steam generators, turbines, transformation, balance and maintenance in an enviroment where each (even a very minor) issue forces the powerplant into a lengthy shutdown-cooldown-investigate-report-fix-report-permit-reheat-restart procedure that can take years just because there was slightly too much vibration in one of the secondary turbines.
    And those other parts of the system need regular inspections and checks which can not be done with the reactor operational. This is usually done to councide with the reloading cycle.
    Molten salt reactor designs are very easy to stop (even in an emergency), but they are very, very hard to restart after that and that is bad, because shutdown for inspection and maintenance is part of the plant security protocol.
    Also a minor detail – you can not create a transportable reactor core with a self-cooling emergency core drainage containment – there simply will not be enough mass to cool the drained core. A functional liquid core drainage containment is a half-a-building sized solid concrete block with drainage pipe form cavities inside it to direct the 3000+ degree nuclear core into tens of separate cooling pockets evenly distributed trought the mass of the block (with a few meters of concrete left on each side for bioshielding).

  3. bthinker February 28, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I remember seeing an interview with him in those garage days, knew I would see more of him, and here it is. He’ll be center stage in his 20s.

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