Why nuclear power will never supply the world's energy needs May 11, by Lisa Zyga, Phys. As Abbott notes in his study, global power consumption today is about 15 terawatts TW.
The uranium ore must go through several steps before it can be placed in a reactor: Mining to excavate or extract the ore Milling to produce U3O8which is also called yellowcake Conversion - a 2 step process to purify the yellowcake and produce uranium hexafluoride Enrichment of the uranium portion from 0.
Processes used are gaseous diffusion or gas centrifuge. These separate the heavier U from the U Some of this uranium transforms into Plutonium and Plutonium - usually about kg form after a year of operation. To some, the plutonium is viewed negatively as the stuff bombs can be made from.
To others, plutonium is a resource we need to make use of. Based on DOE projections of fuel assemblies that will be discharged as spent fuel through the yearthere would be enough plutonium present in the U. Plutonium decays very slowly half life is 24, years.
Thus, this is a resource if the reprocessing option is selected in the future. It should also be pointed out that some of the plutonium byproducts formed during the reactor operation, e. Pu, do reduce the effectiveness of plutonium as a bomb material by forcing more specialized separation of the Pu isotope.
Countries that have civilian reprocessing facilities operational or under construction capable of separating plutonium are - France, India, Japan, United Kingdom, Russia as shown by the Nuclear Control Institute figure below.
The waste, in the form of the radioactive fission products, remains inside the fuel. As noted above about kg are converted to waste after 1. Currently, the fuel assemblies remain in cooling pools for about 10 to 15 years. After that time, they are being transferred to special casks for storage where air can be used to cooling.
The reduction in radioactivity and thermal levels for the spent fuel are illustrated by the US DOE figures below. To extract the waste and plutonium from the fuel can result in the generation of liquid wastes since currently nitric acid is used to breakdown the cladding material and the ceramic into solution.
The liquid and spent fuel wastes are very radioactive initially. However, these levels also drop as shown in the above figures.
Applications of Nuclear Energy other than Electricity Generation Radioactive materials, produced in reactors, are used in diagnostic and therapeutic treatments in medicine, weld inspection radiographypower sources in remote locations and space applications, and food irradiation. The Virtual Nuclear Tourist.
Friday April 01, History of the Nuclear energy policy of the United States.
Almost a year after World War II ended, Congress established the United States Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) to foster and control the peacetime development of atomic science and technology. Benefits of Nuclear Weapons. February 14, , J Juliet, 46 Comments. Benefits of Nuclear Weapons.
Nuclear weapons have existed for several years now and so has the debate about the need for making these weapons. Below you will find a nuclear energy pros and cons list, which covers the most important aspects of typical nuclear power plants.
There are commercial nuclear power plants in the United States producing a whopping TWh of electricity, in other words about 20 % of the entire electricity generation ().
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