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Self-regulating nuclear power module

United States Patent Application

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The present invention includes a nuclear fission reactor apparatus and a method for operation of same, comprising: a core comprising a fissile metal hydride; an atmosphere comprising hydrogen or hydrogen isotopes to which the core is exposed; a non-fissile hydrogen absorbing and desorbing material; a means for controlling the absorption and desorption of the non-fissile hydrogen absorbing and desorbing material, and a means for extracting the energy produced in the core.
Peterson, Otis G. (Los Alamos, NM)
10/ 630,111
July 30, 2003
[0002] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. W7405-ENG-36awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.