Email of the day on molten salt nuclear reactors
Comment of the Day

January 13 2016

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Email of the day on molten salt nuclear reactors

Some encouraging news from the advanced nuclear sector. I am pleased to see that Terrestrial Energy (disclosure: I own shares) has successfully raised the equivalent of USD 7m in equity. Albeit modest, it is an important step forward. The company is making steady progress in its task to finalize its Molten Salt Reactor design, while the next step is to work with Canadian authorities with the aim to license the technology. Commercialization in the first part of the 2020’ies is still some years ahead, but this technology should, as I hope and believe, prove to be an important tool to reduce carbon emissions in the future.

Eoin Treacy's view

Thank you for this update and the MIT review articles which gives additional insights on the development of new nuclear. Perhaps the greatest challenge facing the nuclear industry is that despite the fact technology continues to improve quickly, regulatory change is moving at a glacial pace. With sufficient government backing there is credible scope for new nuclear to flourish but it is dependent on political will to make it happen.

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