Since taking over as Google’s chief executive from Eric Schmidt, Larry Page has been cleaning house, shuttering services and initiatives that haven’t lived up to their billing. On Tuesday, Google axed its big green initiative called RE < C – renewable energy cheaper than coal – an ambitious effort to develop technologies that would make renewable energy competitive with coal-fired power plants.Bill Gates and China in discussions over new nuclear reactor, no Guardian:
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates confirmed on Wednesday he is in discussions with China to jointly develop a new kind of nuclear reactor.Os realces são meus.
"The idea is to be very low-cost, very safe and generate very little waste," said Gates during a talk at China's Ministry of Science and Technology.
Gates has largely funded a Washington state-based company, TerraPower, that is developing a Generation IV nuclear reactor, which can run on depleted uranium.
TerraPower says its traveling wave reactor would run for decades on depleted uranium and produce significantly smaller amounts of nuclear waste than conventional reactors.
"All these new designs are going to be incredibly safe," Gates told the audience. "They require no human action to remain safe at all times."