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Types of Reactors

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What is the difference between a conventional nuclear reactor and a breeder reactor?

A

A conventional nuclear reactor uses uranium-235 and a breeder reactor uses plutonium.

B

A conventional reactor is used to produce electricity and a breeder reactor enriches uranium for atomic bombs.

C

Both types of reactors use the same fuel types but breeder reactors produce more electricity.

D

Breeder reactors produce more fissionable material than they consume to produce electricity. A conventional reactor consumes more than it produces.

E

Breeder reactors and conventional reactors function in the same way but breeders tend to have more safety problems.