Bill Gates talking to China about TerraPower

Source: Aislyn Greene, TechFlash, December 10, 2011.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, is in talks with China to jointly develop a new and safer kind of nuclear reactor using technology from TerraPower, a Washington-based firm.

TerraPower — which springs from Nathan Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures — says it has developed a new type of nuclear reactor, the traveling wave reactor, that does not contribute to global warming. Gates has been a vocal advocate of TerraPower, touting it as a possible “energy miracle.”