experimental breeder reactor


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experimental breeder reactor

[ik‚sper·ə′ment·əl ′brēd·ər rē‚ak·tər]
(nucleonics)
A fast, heterogeneous nuclear reactor used for research and breeding; its core consists of enriched 235U surrounded by a blanket of natural uranium.
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On December 20, 1951, at a remote location in the Idaho desert, Experimental Breeder Reactor No.
Annual data on orders and other characteristics from 1953 forward can be found in EIA's Annual Energy Review 1998, Tables 9.1 and 9.2.) Although most orders were placed by electric utilities, several units are or were ordered, owned, and operated wholly or in part by the Federal government, including BONUS (Boiling Nuclear Superheater Power Station), Elk River, Experimental Breeder Reactor 2, Hallam, Hanford N, Piqua, and Shippingport.
The SFR technology development traces its beginnings to the Experimental Breeder Reactor I (EBR-I) at Argonne National Laboratory in the United States, which first generated useable amounts of electricity in December 1951.
Though the first reactor to produce any amount of electricity was the experimental breeder reactor at the U.S.

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