Nuclear fuel recycling could offer plentiful energy
Argonne National Lab: Nuclear fuel recycling could offer plentiful energy: http://www.anl.gov/articles/nuclear-fuel-recycling-could-offer-plentiful-energy "Imagine the mess if we mined one ton of coal, burned five percent of it for energy, and then threw away the rest.
That is what happens with uranium for nuclear fuel today. Currently,
only about five percent of the uranium in a fuel rod gets fissioned for
energy; after that, the rods are taken out of the reactor and put into
permanent storage. There is a way, however, to use almost all of the
uranium in a fuel rod. Recycling used nuclear fuel could produce
hundreds of years of energy from just the uranium we’ve already mined,
all of it carbon-free. Problems with older technology put a halt to
recycling used nuclear fuel in the United States, but new techniques
developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne
National Laboratory address many of those issues."
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