A tour of EBR-I: Birthplace of nuclear energy

Don Miley, tour guide at Idaho National Laboratory, takes viewers of this video on a trip to the Experimental Breeder Reactor I (EBR-I). In 1951, the first electricity from nuclear power was generated at EBR-I—using a reactor that actually bred more fuel than it consumed, using an all-plutonium core.

EBR-I paved the path for nuclear energy worldwide.

Looking for a unique and educational summer travel destination? The EBR-I National Historic Landmark is open to the public in the summer and to scheduled groups year-round

EBR-I Atomic Museum brochure

Thanks to Idaho National Laboratory

3 thoughts on “A tour of EBR-I: Birthplace of nuclear energy

  1. James Greenidge

    Thanks for this! I’m curious that of all the reactors built between Manhattan project times to EBR-I , nobody as far I know, ever had the whim to jury-rig and tap the heat/waste heat from a reactor to run a little boiler and generator with lights, just as a side demo.

    James Greenidge
    Queens NY

  2. Roger Blomquist

    This article leaves the impression that EBR-I was an INL reactor. It was designed, built, and operated by Argonne National Laboratory in Idaho long before INL or its predecessor institutions were established.

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