Business and government officials have said that Bill Gates will build a nuclear power plant in Wyoming. As per the officials, the nuclear power plant will be built at a location which has a thermal power plant now.
Gates said that the power plant will be safer and less expensive than traditional power plants. The plant will have a sodium reactor and molten salt energy storage systems. Bill Gates’s company Terrapower is working with Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway owned PacificCorp company, to build the ‘Natrium reactor’ power plant. The Natrium technology boasts a sodium fast reactor that offers carbon-free energy. Bill Gates believes that Natrium will be a game-changer for the energy industry.
Wyoming ranks as the top uranium mining state in the USA. The Natrium reactor to be built in Wyoming will use the mines from the state.
It has to be noted that Wyoming is the top coal mining state as well. However, due to the clean energy initiative, the state is moving to cheaper and cleaner energy to generate electricity.
Uranium mining in Jeffrey state. Image Credit – wyomingpublicmedia