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How America's First Digitally Operated Reactor Could Push Nuclear Technology Forward

By Popular Mechanics

September 6, 2019

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The Purdue University Reactor Number One (PUR-1) nuclear plant has switched over from analog to all-digital operation as a testbed for the technology.

PUR-1, an academic power plant used for research purposes or to power other projects at Purdue, is extremely small, and can only legally generate enough energy to power a toaster or hair dryer.

The reactor will allow live data-streaming to remote locations, with researchers able to monitor experiments and students to observe its working components in real time.

PUR-1 supervisor Clive Townsend said, "We are inviting and forming partnerships—that could be private, other universities, or national labs—to explore how we can leverage the strengths of digital systems in order to ensure reliability."

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