Interesting developments in Canada

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Canadian Government tops up funding for General Fusion and Terrestrial Energy
The Canadian government in March, 2016 announced $206 million in support of clean technology initiatives, including a $18.5 million in grants for next-generation nuclear power companies Terrestrial Energy and General Fusion.

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) provided a $12.75 million package for General Fusion and $5.7 million for molten salt nuclear fission company Terrestrial Energy.

General Fusion I am ambivalent about - commercial fusion has been 'just around the corner' for the last 50 years. Lots of ideas have come and gone.

Now Terrestrial Energy sounds really great. They are developing a molten salt reactor but - the purpose is to generate steam for oil-sands extraction. Currently they burn part of their product to generate the steam so it canabalizes their output. By using the reactor to generate steam, this would increase the output by 6.4 million barrels per day - enough to pay for the entire reactor in about two years.

Here is a great five minute video on my favorite - the Liquid FlourideThorium Reactor - from Kirk Sorensen:

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