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Author:  Steaphany [ Feb 27, 2013 1:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Electric power froma small boiling reactor

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.

Author:  jagdish [ Feb 28, 2013 5:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Electric power froma small boiling reactor

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.

Author:  Lars [ Mar 01, 2013 1:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Electric power froma small boiling reactor

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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