Improving nuclear reactors: A new composite ceramic material?

Silicon carbide (SiC) monocrystal from the LMGP (Minatec) lab in Grenoble, France by David Monniaux / wikimedia *

Silicon carbide (SiC) monocrystal from the LMGP (Minatec) lab in Grenoble, France by David Monniaux / wikimedia

  • can sustain over 2,000 degrees Centigrade without showing any effect of strain
  • can withstand the intense neutron environment in a nuclear reactor
  • can reduce the price of electricity by 40% relative to current reactors
  • 80% less nuclear waste (1)

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