Monumental loss

In your article ‘Monumental task’ about Dounreay you describe the Fast Reactor sphere as a monument to a technology whose time never came.


In your article ‘Monumental task’ about Dounreay (Feature, 19 May) you describe the Fast Reactor sphere as a monument to a technology whose time never came.

Perhaps in future it will be viewed as a monument to yet another opportunity lost to the UK. A month ago Toshiba celebrated opening its new sodium test loop at its Yokohama Complex with ambitions to commercialise a new fast reactor design by 2020 that would operate for 30 years without refuelling.

Robin Herrick

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