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The economy of the nuclear fuel cycle

Abstract

Heat extracted from nuclear fuel costs by a factor of 3 to 7 less than heat from conventional fossile fuel. So, nuclear fuel per se has an economical advantage, decreased however partly by higher nuclear plant investment costs. The standard LWR design does not allow all the fission energy stored in the fuel during on cycle to be used. It is therefore the most natural approach to separate fissionable species from fission products and consume them by fissioning. Whether this is economically justified as opposed by storing them indefinitely with spent fuel has widely been debated. The paper outlines the different approaches taken by nuclear communities worldwide and their perceived or proven rational arguments. It will balance economic and other factors for the near and distant future including advanced reactor concepts. The specific solution within the German nuclear programme will be explained, including foreseeable future trends. (orig.).
Authors:
Stoll, W [1] 
  1. Alpha Chemie und Metallurgie G.m.b.H. (ALKEM), Hanau (Germany, F.R.)
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1989
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
CONF-8810114-
Reference Number:
NLN-89-004493; EDB-89-158075
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Nuclear Materials, on Metallurgy, Ceramics and Solid State Physics in the Nuclear Energy Industry; (Netherlands); Journal Volume: 166:1/2; Conference: Symposium on transuranium elements today and tomorrow (TTT) - properties, prospects, problems - on the occasion of the 25. anniversary of the European Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe (Germany), 26-27 Oct 1988
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; FUEL CYCLE; ECONOMICS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; COST; FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY; GLOBAL ASPECTS; INVESTMENT; LOCAL GOVERNMENT; RADIOACTIVE WASTE STORAGE; REPROCESSING; SPENT FUEL STORAGE; DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; EUROPE; EVALUATION; MANAGEMENT; RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT; SEPARATION PROCESSES; STORAGE; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTE STORAGE; 051000* - Nuclear Fuels- Economic, Industrial, & Business Aspects
OSTI ID:
5792244
Country of Origin:
Netherlands
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: ISSN 0022-3115; CODEN: JNUMA
Submitting Site:
NLN
Size:
Pages: 160-164
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Stoll, W. The economy of the nuclear fuel cycle. Netherlands: N. p., 1989. Web.
Stoll, W. The economy of the nuclear fuel cycle. Netherlands.
Stoll, W. 1989. "The economy of the nuclear fuel cycle." Netherlands.
@misc{etde_5792244,
title = {The economy of the nuclear fuel cycle}
author = {Stoll, W}
abstractNote = {Heat extracted from nuclear fuel costs by a factor of 3 to 7 less than heat from conventional fossile fuel. So, nuclear fuel per se has an economical advantage, decreased however partly by higher nuclear plant investment costs. The standard LWR design does not allow all the fission energy stored in the fuel during on cycle to be used. It is therefore the most natural approach to separate fissionable species from fission products and consume them by fissioning. Whether this is economically justified as opposed by storing them indefinitely with spent fuel has widely been debated. The paper outlines the different approaches taken by nuclear communities worldwide and their perceived or proven rational arguments. It will balance economic and other factors for the near and distant future including advanced reactor concepts. The specific solution within the German nuclear programme will be explained, including foreseeable future trends. (orig.).}
journal = {Journal of Nuclear Materials, on Metallurgy, Ceramics and Solid State Physics in the Nuclear Energy Industry; (Netherlands)}
volume = {166:1/2}
place = {Netherlands}
year = {1989}
month = {Jul}
}