New Nuclear Technology MIA?

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New Nuclear Technology MIA?

What has happened to the "instant off" nuclear reactor designs I read about ten years ago? There was a German design involving a core filled with ceramic pellets with fissionable material inside each pellet. When you wanted to turn off the reactor, you simply spread the pellets out into many separate chambers. There were a few other reactor designs proposed where the reactor core could be pemanently cooled off in just a few seconds. After the Japanese experience, I would expect to be hearing more about these designs. There was supposed to be a pellet style reactor operational in Germany. What ever happened to it?

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