Getting nuclear power without enriched uranium

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Re: Getting nuclear power without enriched uranium

Post by Cyril R » Mar 31, 2014 2:16 pm

Kirk Sorensen wrote:If you all want to discuss aqueous homogeneous reactor design there are plenty of other threads for that.
Well, to be fair there is something on topic about it, since AHR is one of the few options to get nuclear power without enriched uranium.

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Re: Getting nuclear power without enriched uranium

Post by KitemanSA » Apr 01, 2014 6:58 pm

o I guess the question becomes, what is the LOWEST % U235 that will run in a CANDU?
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Re: Getting nuclear power without enriched uranium

Post by jaro » Apr 01, 2014 8:34 pm

KitemanSA wrote:o I guess the question becomes, what is the LOWEST % U235 that will run in a CANDU?
Candu spent fuel contains 0.21% U235 and 0.40% plutonium isotopes.

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Re: Getting nuclear power without enriched uranium

Post by jagdish » Apr 06, 2014 9:55 am

Heavy water is as advanced a technology as enrichment, except that it is not counted as nuclear materials. The graphite moderation and gas cooling can start a reactor like the British and the French had done.
Once you reprocess and get plutonium, you could go for MSR, thorium burners, used fuel burning or fast reactors. The N. Koreans have even gone for weapons on their own by just not bothering.
If you have money and the political savvy, you can buy reactors and fuel at bargain prices like the UAE. Otherwise you can face problems like Iran even after complying with the international laws, because you are not politically liked.

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