Toshiba Corp and Microsoft Corp chairman Bill Gates controlled TerraPower of the U.S. may jointly develop a small- sized nuclear generator to tap rising demand.
The Nikkei business daily earlier reported that the two sides would team up to develop a compact next-generation reactor that can operate for up to 100 years without refueling to provide emission-free energy.
The joint project would develop a next generation ‘travelling-wave reactor’, which could operate for up to 100 years without refuelling, the paper said. At present, light-water nuclear reactors require refuelling every few years.
Toshiba has developed its own small-sized reactor. The company’s “4S Reactor” is aimed at tapping demand for compact nuclear plants from remote areas and villages including those in Alaska in the U.S., Ohmori said.