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Why did the Breed Reactor Fail? - Swedish and international nuclear development in a cold war context

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  • Fjaestad, Maja

    (CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology)

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    This article discusses the visions about nuclear breeder reactors, plans set out in the aftermath of World War II. This seemed like the ideal solution for future energy, and even small countries, as Sweden, launched breeder reactor programs. The breeder reactor never reached industrial development, interestingly; however, different countries cancelled their breeder project at different times. In this article, in addition to discussing why breeder reactors failed generally, I also suggest possible explanations for the differences in when the reactors failed, particularly between Europe and the United States. Though the breeder reactor never fulfilled its promises, it is an interesting example about the complex mechanisms behind technological development. It tells us a story about a technological failure that is not simple, but must be understood in a social, economical and political context.

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    Paper provided by Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation with number 186.

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    Length: 11 pages
    Date of creation: 26 Aug 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:cesisp:0186

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    Keywords: technology; technology development; institutions; innovation; innovation failure;

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