Searching this thread didn't help much because the term is so common in it, but could somebody please direct me to (or maybe just provide) an explanation of the "running costs" of reactors? I've been puzzled by it for a while. It can't be including the cost of making fresh fuel rods, because then there wouldn't be such a thing as a "zero running cost" reactor, and none of the reactor designs listed in the initial post mention iron or uranium, but I don't see anything else that would need to be replaced in them, even with the "high power high running cost" design.
It's the material cost of anything that has to be replaced every cycle in addition to the uranium and tin (which is now iron in IC2e) for the fuel cells. This includes materials for neutronreflectors, fuel for condensators, and copper plates for dual and quad cells. When this thread was created, multicells required a great deal of copper in addition to the tin and uranium, which has also been changed in IC2e.
In other words, zero-running-cost reactors refer to reactors that:
- Do not use neutronreflectors
- Do not use condensators, and
- Do not use quad cells in IC2e or either type of multicell in pre-Experimental IC2.