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PostPosted: Aug 31, 2010 8:30 am 
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.....CNS Seminar:

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Title: CANDU Used Fuel “Waste” in Canada: A $36 Trillion Energy Resource in Fast Reactors
Speaker: Peter Ottensmeyer BASc PhD FRSC Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

Summary:
CANDU used fuel, now stored as “waste”, contains more than 99% uranium and transuranic actinides, all of which can fuel fast-neutron reactors. This fuel is slated for burial in the planned Deep Geological Repository. However, if completely “burned” Canada’s 40,000 tonnes of used fuel can create $36 trillion of electricity, from 135 times more nuclear energy than already extracted from the current 0.74% uranium used. Such fast-neutron reactors existed and exist for power production and research, with the EBR_II, a US paragon reactor to emulate, which ran successfully and safely for its 30-year lifetime. These reactors have not been considered for deep burns of uranium with transuranic actinides in used fuel “waste”. My calculations show that a burn-up of between 35% and 50% of uranium-238 can be achieved. In recycle mode with CANDU fuel “waste”, 100% of the uranium and transuranic actinides in each “top-up charge” are burned. This approach achieves a huge expansion of our non-carbon energy reserves, complete burn of long-lived radioactive actinides, and a potential 60,000-fold reduction in total long-term radioactive burden of the “waste”. It may also create a positive paradigm change towards nuclear energy in the mind-set of the population.

Date/time: Wednesday September 8, 2010, 4:00 pm
(Coffee and donuts at 3:30 pm)

Location: Main Conference SP1, AECL
2251 Speakman Dr., Mississauga


Note: Visitors to AECL must pre-register to access Sheridan Park Buildings. Please contact Peter Schwanke at schwankep@aecl.ca for information and registration.


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PostPosted: Sep 08, 2010 7:38 pm 
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Did anybody go see this ?


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