Bill Gates pitching fourth-gen TerraPower nuclear reactors to China

Shawn Knight

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates met with China’s largest nuclear group this week to discuss the future of the country’s nuclear energy program. Gates is the founder and primary investor of…

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"wtf Bill"

He's promoting a clean, safe, modern and proliferation-proof technology to mitigate the developing worlds dependence on dirty, dangerous, polluting coal and much less worse but still polluting natural gas. Sounds good to me.
 
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Here is Bill's TED appearance, in which he talks about this technology.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/bill_gates.html
 

DokkRokken

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tehbanz said:
more-so, why china bill?
Because in North America, we've yet to get over those 'Chernobyl' and 'Three Mile Island' things. I think it's because critical thought took a downward plummet during the eighties and has yet to rebound.
 

Mudvayne819

TS Enthusiast
why china? because they are in big need of new energy technology and usa/canada, etc is all controlled by the 'bad guys' who want to see their coal, gas, oil, w/e, not-renewable technology so they have monthly money coming in. basicly the same reason why we dont all drive electric cars.. they want u to buy oil every week for your car.
 

Ranger12

TS Evangelist
DokkRokken is right. Bill is in China because that's where the market for those reactors. Here in North America we've lost the ability to think logically and we rely on our emotions instead. We'll figure it out eventually, it's just a matter of time.
 

Burty117

TechSpot Chancellor
mudvayne819 said:
basicly the same reason why we dont all drive electric cars.. they want u to buy oil every week for your car.
No, I find that an Electric car costs more to buy, run and keep on the road than a simple Diesel powered car. If its cheaper to go with the Oil powered car, why not?
 

LinkedKube

TechSpot Project Baby
No, I find that an Electric car costs more to buy, run and keep on the road than a simple Diesel powered car. If its cheaper to go with the Oil powered car, why not?
It's easier to get into space if you just sail a ship to the end of the ocean and fall off rather than using a rocket ship.
 
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Corporate interests arent why nuclear fails here, far from it. They'd probably love nuclear; it'd provide a degree of long-term certainty about what energy prices would be as well as their availability.
 
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"It's easier to get into space if you just sail a ship to the end of the ocean and fall off rather than using a rocket ship. "

Thank you, you made my day!
 

Vrmithrax

TechSpot Paladin
tehbanz said:
more-so, why china bill?
Probably because China stands to be the single largest power consumer AND polluter in the world. Seems pretty smart to go after them with tech that can help with their growing power needs and reduce global environmental impact.

Besides, once China is doing it, everyone else will jump on the bandwagon. :)
 

amstech

IT Overlord
We will be back in the woods before long if we don't stop raping the world of its resources, I like Bill's vision.
 

Per Hansson

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Staff member
It's easier to get into space if you just sail a ship to the end of the ocean and fall off rather than using a rocket ship.
This is perhaps the best quote I have read in my whole lifetime, thank you!

burty117 said:
mudvayne819 said:
basicly the same reason why we dont all drive electric cars.. they want u to buy oil every week for your car.
No, I find that an Electric car costs more to buy, run and keep on the road than a simple Diesel powered car. If its cheaper to go with the Oil powered car, why not?
The brain washing has worked well on you I see!
You didn't stop to think WHY a diesel powered car is cheaper to own than an electric car?
 

Burty117

TechSpot Chancellor
Per Hansson said:
burty117 said:
mudvayne819 said:
basicly the same reason why we dont all drive electric cars.. they want u to buy oil every week for your car.
No, I find that an Electric car costs more to buy, run and keep on the road than a simple Diesel powered car. If its cheaper to go with the Oil powered car, why not?
The brain washing has worked well on you I see!
You didn't stop to think WHY a diesel powered car is cheaper to own than an electric car?
Well yeah, but at the end of the day its still cheaper? Driving (well at least here in the uk) is expensive as hell in the first place, if i'm gunna shell out ££££'s on a car, i'd rather it was a bit more involved and exiting to drive than a boring hum from some silly electic car? I'm more in it for the fun/useful factor, an electric car to me seems almost utterly pointless? Takes ages to charge, the battery has to be replaced in 5-7 years and costs tons to do so, the range isn't anything to brag about and the car in the first place costs almost twice as much as a fun little hot hatch? I dunno, is there some kind of point i'm missing here?
 
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guys, leave burty117 alone...it's not his fault he can't see past his nose.
 

Archean

TechSpot Paladin
+1 Burty
You are not, I don't believe Electric Car 'is' the future, it is not an 'cost-effective' option, and I am not going to talk about charging + range + maintenance issues. I think Hydrogen powered cars probably has the best shot for the future, however, with one caveat, a cleaner process to produce hydrogen has to be found. In other words, whoever does this, may turn out to be the next richest man in the world.
 

jonelsorel

TS Rookie
burty117 said:
mudvayne819 said:
basicly the same reason why we dont all drive electric cars.. they want u to buy oil every week for your car.
No, I find that an Electric car costs more to buy, run and keep on the road than a simple Diesel powered car. If its cheaper to go with the Oil powered car, why not?
You probably also think the present status quo regarding electric cars is just a coincidence, despite the brotherhood between oil and car industries.
 

red1776

Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe
The brain washing has worked well on you I see!
You didn't stop to think WHY a diesel powered car is cheaper to own than an electric car?
This thread seems kind of fragmented. I have a question. What is the "brainwashing" you are referring to?
 

Per Hansson

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Staff member
red1776 said:
The brain washing has worked well on you I see!
You didn't stop to think WHY a diesel powered car is cheaper to own than an electric car?
This thread seems kind of fragmented. I have a question. What is the "brainwashing" you are referring to?
The first cars released in the 1890's where electric drive, than came petrol cars and surprassed them, which is not so strange when you look at the price of electricity at that time (See the link above to the TED talk about the nuclear reactor by Bill Gates, the price of electricity was tenfolds higher than what we have today, adjusted for inflation of course)

But then we have had 120 years of development for the petrol car, but almost none for the electric car, you don't find this strange?
What happens is the oil industry is so big so they just buy up all patents they can, therefore we have not seen any significant breakthroughs in battery capacity in the last 120 years...
For more info you can watch the documentary "who killed the electric car"