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 Responses to A tour of EBR-I: Birthplace of nuclear energy

  1. 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.

  2. Roger Blomquist

    See http://www.ne.anl.gov/About/ANL-Reactors.shtml for more information on EBR-I, as well as the other reactors designed and built by Argonne, including fourteen in Idaho.

  3. 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