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What is the difference between a fusion reactor and a breeder reactor? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a breeder reactor? You do have something in your archives about this but it only explains a breeder reactor and that its a fission reactor. I'm asking about the difference between a fusion reactor and a breeder reactor, so it doesn't help me.



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A breeder reactor is a particular sort of fission reactor that uses neutrons produced in the fission process to make new fuel--for example, to convert the stable isotope Uranium-238 into the radioactive isotope Plutonium-239. The advantage of a breeder reactor is that it produces fuel. A disadvantage is that the fuel produced can be used to make nuclear weapons, so it requires much greater security.

A fusion reactor produces energy by fusing light nuclei together, instead of splitting heavy nuclei apart.

Tim Mooney



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