Oddity in Wikipedia Article
The Wikipedia article on EROEI (energy return on investment) mentions solar breeders (“a photovoltaic panel manufacturing plant which can be made energy-independent by using energy derived from its own roof using its own panels”) but not nuclear breeders. Nuclear breeders, of course, can render EROEI concerns irrelevant:
As far back as 1943, Manhatten project scientists including Phil Morrison, Harrison Brown and Alvin Weinberg began to understand the energy implications of nuclear energy. Weinberg later wrote:
Phil Morrison could hardly contain his excitement as he showed me his calculations. If uranium were burned ion a breeder, the energy released through fission would exceed the amount of energy required to extract the residual 4 ppm of uranium from granitic rock.