Technical basis for the proposed high efficiency nuclear fuel program

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Greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fired electricity generating stations will dramatically increase over the next 20 years. Nuclear energy is the only fully developed technology able to supply large amounts of electricity without generation of greenhouse gases. However, the problem of noncompetitive economics and public concerns about radioactive waste disposal, safety, and nuclear weapons proliferation may prevent the reemergence of nuclear power as a preferred option for new electric energy generation in the US. This paper discusses a new research program to help address these issues, by developing fuel designs capable of burnup values in excess of 60 MWD/kgU. The ... continued below

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MacDonald, P.E.; Herring, J.S.; Crawford, D.C. & Neimark, L.E. July 1, 1998.

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  • MacDonald, P.E.
  • Herring, J.S. Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Co., Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Lab.
  • Crawford, D.C. Argonne National Lab., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
  • Neimark, L.E. Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)

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Greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fired electricity generating stations will dramatically increase over the next 20 years. Nuclear energy is the only fully developed technology able to supply large amounts of electricity without generation of greenhouse gases. However, the problem of noncompetitive economics and public concerns about radioactive waste disposal, safety, and nuclear weapons proliferation may prevent the reemergence of nuclear power as a preferred option for new electric energy generation in the US. This paper discusses a new research program to help address these issues, by developing fuel designs capable of burnup values in excess of 60 MWD/kgU. The objectives of the program are to: Improve the reliability and robustness of light water reactor fuel, thereby improving safety margins; significantly increase the energy generated by each fuel loading, thereby achieving longer operating cycles, higher capacity factors, and lower cost electric power; significantly reduce the volume of spent nuclear fuel discharged for disposal by allowing more energy to be extracted from each fuel element prior to discharge; and develop fuel that is much more proliferation resistant.

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  • Technical committee meeting on fuel cycle options for LWRs and HWRs, Victoria Island (Canada), 28 Apr - 1 May 1998

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  • Other: DE98057482
  • Report No.: INEEL/CON--98-00521
  • Report No.: CONF-980480--
  • Grant Number: AC07-94ID13223
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 663441
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc704355

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MacDonald, P.E.; Herring, J.S.; Crawford, D.C. & Neimark, L.E. Technical basis for the proposed high efficiency nuclear fuel program, article, July 1, 1998; Idaho Falls, Idaho. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc704355/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.