• 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