What can Recycling in Thermal Reactors Accomplish?
Thermal recycle provides several potential benefits when used as stop-gap, mixed, or backup recycling to recycling in fast reactors. These three roles involve a mixture of thermal and fast recycling; fast reactors are required to some degree at some time. Stop-gap uses thermal reactors only until fast reactors are adequately deployed and until any thermal-recycle-only facilities have met their economic lifetime. Mixed uses thermal and fast reactors symbiotically for an extended period of time. Backup uses thermal reactors only if problems later develop in the fast reactor portion of a recycling system. Thermal recycle can also provide benefits when used as pure thermal recycling, with no intention to use fast reactors. However, long term, the pure thermal recycling approach is inadequate to meet several objectives.
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- Conference: Global 2007,Boise, Idaho,09/09/2007,09/13/2007
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- Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
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- DOE - NE
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- United States
- 11 - NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; ECONOMICS; FAST REACTORS; LIFETIME; MIXTURES; RECYCLING; THERMAL REACTORS GNEP, AFCI, fuel cycle
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