New Nuclear Fuel Rods could boost Energy Output between 10 and 17 Per Cent

An article in the MIT Technology Review describes how nuclear engineering company Lightbridge is testing a new type of fuel rod that is expected to increase energy output by between 10 and 17 per cent.

Lighbridge CEO Seth Grae states, ““We’re trying to do what is practical and what customers are asking us to address . . . The biggest problem is how to address the economics of nuclear power in a world of abundant natural gas, and with safety and security costs rising in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and Fukushima.”

The new rods are made of a zirconium/uranium alloy and are built in a spiral shape which allows more surface area to contact the water that flows past the rods more quickly than in current reactors. If the testing is demonstrated to be safe, adoption of these fuel rods in current reactors would increase energy output equivalent to building 10 new nuclear plants in the United States, and 40 throughout the world.

  • Alain Samoun

    It’s sad to see good scientists directed to research an obsolete field. In the same time the MIT DIRECTORS SABOTED THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN HAGELSTEIIN AND A COMPANY WILLING TO INVEST IN HIS COLD FUSION RESEARCH.


    The meme created by MIT and CalTech in 1989 remains in scientific and political circles to this day: that cold fusion is a phenomenon imagined in the minds of lesser scientists.

    Both MIT and CalTech have refused donor money for cold fusion research. Most recently, an “MIT physicist” denied a group’s ability to fund Hagelstein’s research by actually returning the dollars.

  • Alan DeAngelis
  • Doug Cutler

    Only nukes of interest now may be ones that recycle and consume existing nuclear waste.

    • yes, there is a market for decommissioning… LENR or fission may provide the solution.

  • some ideas and basic science maybe be reused…
    zirconium, high temperature, … with e-cat as we see it today it may be useful…
    anyway maybe it is no news … just good (obsolete) applied science.