A group of researches at MIT have developed a new nuclear power technique that can increase energy output while reducing operating temperature. Rather than using the cylindrical uranium rods commonly used today, the new method utilizes hollow rods. This technique increases the surface area exposed to water and cuts operating temperatures back from 1800C to 700C.
This development could make nuclear power more appealing by increasing efficiency and reducing the risk of meltdown. The process was developed over three years and was announced before a patent could be fulfilled. The researchers say it could take 10 years before the method is commercialized.
MIT promises safer, more efficient nuclear plants [The Register]