Published On: Fri, Jun 4th, 2021

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Team On New Kind of Nuclear Power In Wyoming

it uses a Natrium reactor.

Natrium Power Plant (Artist’s rendering TerraPower)

Bill Gates’ TerraPower and Warren Buffet’s PacifiCorp are working together to build a Natrium nuclear reactor in Wyoming. Together with Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, they announced efforts to advance a Natrium reactor demonstration project at a retiring coal plant in Wyoming. The companies are evaluating several potential locations for it in the state.

TerraPower explains that the Natrium technology is one of the fastest and lowest-cost paths to advanced clean energy that can change the world. The company calls Natrium the best option for deploying advanced nuclear power given increasing demand for carbon-free energy and a growing mix of renewable sources. This is because it simplifies construction and architecture compared to previous reactor types, offers a cost-competitive, flexible technology that supports load following, energy storage and industrial process heat applications, brings step-change improvements in capital and operational costs and provides a utility-scale decarbonization solution that can make a meaningful impact on efforts to mitigate climate change.

Founded by Bill Gates 15 years ago, 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. It accepts and tackles some of the world’s most difficult challenges. Behind each of its innovations and programs, TerraPower actively works to bring together the strengths and experiences of the world’s public and private sectors to answer pressing global needs.

Owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, PacifiCorp provides safe and reliable electric service to 2 million customers in six western states. Through its operating divisions, Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho; and Pacific Power in Oregon, Washington and California, the company works to meet the growing electricity needs of our customers while protecting and enhancing the environment

“I am thrilled to see Wyoming selected for this demonstration pilot project, as our great state is the perfect place for this type of innovative utility facility and our experienced workforce is looking forward to the jobs this project will provide,” said Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon. “I have always supported an all-of-the-above energy portfolio for our electric utilities. Our state continues to pave the way for the future of energy, and Wyoming should be the place where innovative energy technologies are taken to commercialization.”

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