Upgrade to access all content for this subject
What is the difference between a conventional nuclear reactor and a breeder reactor?
A conventional nuclear reactor uses uranium-235 and a breeder reactor uses plutonium.
A conventional reactor is used to produce electricity and a breeder reactor enriches uranium for atomic bombs.
Both types of reactors use the same fuel types but breeder reactors produce more electricity.
Breeder reactors produce more fissionable material than they consume to produce electricity. A conventional reactor consumes more than it produces.
Breeder reactors and conventional reactors function in the same way but breeders tend to have more safety problems.