NOW matters a lot! The world is on a path to dangerous levels of CO2 by mid century. We have wasted 30 years through paralysis in nuclear research, driven by the events at Chernobyl. But safe and cheap nuclear power is the only way to transform the energy landscape which does not involve some as yet far-fetched scientific breakthrough.
Today we have the technology in Stable Salt Reactors to transform the energy landscape. Technologically these reactors represent small mountains to climb compared to all other advanced reactor concepts.
The fuel assemblies which are the core of the reactor are well established technologies and our research shows that the exact same alloys used today will be just fine with molten salt fuel.
All the reactor parts can be made from standard stainless steel whose use in nuclear applications is very widespread
Circulating high temperature coolant salt was a new technology 10 years ago but today is commercially deployed in solar heat systems
If nuclear deployment was like any other industrial process then private capital would be flooding in and reactors would be rolling off the production line this decade. There is after all a huge amount of profit to be made.
But nuclear energy is different. Nothing can legally happen without government support. The decision by a government, somewhere in the world, to back Stable Salt Reactors will determine how quickly we can start to roll back global CO2, enrich the whole planet and transform peoples lives.