Bellevue, Wash.— March 24, 2010 — Executives and investors from TerraPower, a nuclear energy company managed by Intellectual Ventures Management, LLC, continue to meet with a variety of U.S. and international organizations and governments to listen, learn and discuss future options for the company’s Traveling Wave Reactor (TWR) design. The company has not entered into agreements with any companies to build or operate the TWR at this time.
Nathan Myhrvold, founder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures explained, "The TWR is in the research and development phase. These information-gathering meetings are part of our efforts to learn from existing technologies and the best engineering practices worldwide," he said.
The TWR is an advanced nuclear reactor design. Bill Gates is one of several TerraPower investors and has attended some of these information-gathering meetings with other TerraPower officials.
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