Monday, October 3, 2011

U.S. Federal Innovation 7/365: 1951, First Useful Electricity Produced by a Nuclear Reactor...

The world's love-hate relationship with nuclear-powered electricity generators got its start in 1951 at Argonne National Laboratory. On a cold December day, Experimental Breeder Reactor-I (EBR-I), situated in a small building in southeastern Idaho, lit four 100-watt light bulbs wired in series. The 16 scientists and engineers working on the project celebrated the accomplishment by chalking their names on a wall next to the reactor. After pausing a moment to enjoy a glass of champagne, they got back to the unfamiliar work of monitoring the reactors' status. Source: Argonne Logos

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