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New Class of Nuclear Reactor 100x Smaller Than Standard Reactor

Toshiba has developed a new class of nuclear reactor 100 times smaller than a standard reactor. These micro sized nuclear reactors could be used to power large houses, apartment blocks or some city blocks.

A more likely use for the new 20 feet by 6 feet reactors is to bring a reliable power supply to small remote communities.

The liquid lithium-6 powered reactors are designed to be fail safe, completely automatic and not over heat. The reactors themselves can last for up to 40 years, producing electricity for only 5 cents per kilowatt hour, about half the cost of grid energy.

Toshiba is expecting to being installing the reactors in Japan within a year, before moving to distibute them throughout 2009 in Europe and America.

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