Getting Off the Ground
It was the conviction of scientists who worked in the World War II atomic energy project that the energy content of uranium, if it could be fully realized, promised a huge new source of low-cost electricity as well as the conservation of fossil fuels for uses for which they were peculiarly suitable, such as in transportation and as industrial raw materials. The scientists were further convinced that the development of breeder reactors—those that would produce more fissionable material than they consumed—was essential to making available this full potential.
KeywordsAtomic Energy Commission Light Water Reactor Demonstration Reactor Demonstration Plant Fissionable Material
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