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PostPosted: Feb 27, 2013 1:05 pm 
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In my readings on small scale Aqueous boiling reactors, has there been any work in the area of electric power generation from such an energy source ? I know the heat can be used directly, but I haven't found much on electric power.

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The used nuclear fuel has a decay energy which could be 6-7% of the fission energy of fuels in the reactors. I have, from time to time, raised the issue of using this heat for power via a boiling reactor or the RTG. I have had some interesting feedback about Stirling Cycle.


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PostPosted: Mar 01, 2013 1:01 pm 
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jagdish wrote:
The used nuclear fuel has a decay energy which could be 6-7% of the fission energy of fuels in the reactors. I have, from time to time, raised the issue of using this heat for power via a boiling reactor or the RTG. I have had some interesting feedback about Stirling Cycle.

The 6-7% heat output is only there for a short time. By the end of the first day after you take the fuel out of fission the power is down to 1%. In four months it is down to 0.1%. Still enough to require cooling but not a really a power source except for very specialized situations.


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