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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 comprising a core open to an atmosphere containing a hydrogen or a hydrogen isotope material, said core consisting essentially of a powdered fissile metal hydride material that remains entirely within said core; a plurality of trays outside said core that store a non-fissile material thereon wherein said non-fissile material absorbs and desorbs said hydrogen isotope material based on said core's temperature; a means for heating and cooling said plurality of trays; and a means for extracting energy produced in said core.
Peterson, Otis G. (Los Alamos, NM)
11/ 804,450
May 17, 2007
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERAL RIGHTS [0002] The United States government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396 between the United States Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security, LLC for the operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory.