The reactor being built by TerraPower, a start-up, won’t be finished until 2030 at the earliest and faces daunting obstacles. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission hasn’t yet approved the design, and the company will have to overcome the inevitable delays and cost overruns that have doomed countless nuclear projects before.

This is the kind of high-risk project where it makes sense to have somebody with really deep pockets financing it. There’s a good chance that it’s not competitive with the improved storage technologies which are likely to be available when the demonstration reactor is completed.

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    @silence7 I don’t think Gates is climate minded but instead pushes for nuclear because he’s aware of the main risk to growth of the tech industry: Shortage of clean energy to feed the growing and grotesque energy demand of data centers and AI.

    To a tech-bro listening to lobbyists , „new“ nuclear seems like a good solution and even better if you intend to cash in some tax payer money while you’re at it. Risks and waste are secondary to them.

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      There are other low-probability-of-success-but-amazing-if-it-works things he’s put money into, notably some of the enhanced rock weathering studies.