TerraPower is a leading nuclear innovation company that strives to improve the world through nuclear energy and science.

TerraPower has emerged as an incubator and developer of ideas and technologies that offer energy independence, environmental sustainability, medical advancement and other cutting-edge opportunities.

We accept and tackle some of the world’s most difficult challenges.

Behind each of its innovations, technologies and programs, TerraPower actively works to bring together the strengths and experiences of the world’s public and private nuclear research and energy sectors. This approach takes root in our original impetus: TerraPower was founded when Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries decided that the private sector needed to take action in developing advanced nuclear answers for pressing global needs.

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2006

Bill Gates and like-minded visionaries determine the private sector needs to take action to develop energy resources to raise global living standards.

2006

2006

Nuclear power is identified as an essential element of energy infrastructure.

2006

2007

Work on Traveling Wave Reactor (TWR) physics and engineering concepts begins.

2007

2007

Great potential benefits of the TWR concept are identified.

2007

2008

TerraPower is officially launched as an innovative energy technology developer.

2008

2008

Engineering design of TWR concept begins.

2008

2009

Initial computing cluster commissioned.

2009

2010

Collaboration begins with multiple national laboratories.

2010

2011

Detail added to reactor and fuel design for the TWR concept.

2011

2011

Materials development program established.

2011

2012

TerraPower laboratory established.

2012

2012

Test reactor irradiation programs and ion irradiation programs established.

2012

2012

Collaboration with universities, national laboratories and companies

expanded to start a global fuel, materials and component development program.

2012

2012

Molten salt reactors identified by TerraPower as a research technology.

2012

2013

Design tools and methods greatly improved through additional data as well as automation.

2013

2014

Significant advances in materials with fuels and materials experiments underway.

2014

2015

TerraPower signs a MOU for cooperation with China National Nuclear Corporation for TWR program development.

2015

2015

TerraPower expands laboratory to a 10,000-square-foot research and development lab geared toward innovative development.

2015

2016

TerraPower awarded U.S. Department of Energy $40 million award for the research, design and testing of TerraPower’s molten chloride fast reactor project.

2016

2017

TerraPower reaches a cooperation agreement with China National Nuclear Corporation to form a joint venture to co-develop TWR technology.

2017