Moving New Technology to Market
TerraPower stands on the shoulders of giants. The original concept for the traveling wave reactor (TWR) has been around since the 1950s. Over the years, researchers periodically studied the idea, but no one fully investigated the concept. Until TerraPower decided on the concept in 2006, no one considered the practical engineering and fuel performance limits for the design. With the advent of today’s analytical and modeling software, TerraPower has been able to create the first practical engineering design for the concept.