These concrete and steel structures will store tens of thousands of spent fuel rods—but only for 100 years. After that, new casks or a permanent underground storage site will be required. (Click on the image to rotate and view it from different angles.)
Kevin BullisMy reporting as MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for materials has taken me, among other places, to the oil-rich deserts of the Middle East and to China, where mountains are being carved away to build the looming cities.
Growing up, I lived for a time in the Philippines, where I knew people who lit their tiny homes with single lantern batteries or struggled to breathe through the dense diesel fumes of Manila, so I have a feel for the pressing need around the world for both cheap energy and clean energy.