Tuesday, 18 December 2012

A great short video on nuclear recycling

A great short video on nuclear recycling from the Argonne National Laboratory: http://ansnuclearcafe.org/2012/12/14/nuclear-cafe-matinee-nuclear-recycling/ "The 800 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity produced by the 104 nuclear reactors in the United States each year – all while emitting no greenhouse gases — is by far America’s biggest source of green energy. And this abundant energy source can become even greener by recycling used nuclear fuel.
Currently, only about five percent of the uranium in a nuclear fuel rod gets fissioned for energy; after that, the rods are taken out of the reactor and put into storage. There is a way, however, to use almost all of the uranium in a fuel rod. Recycling the uranium in used nuclear fuel could power the United States for a thousand years, just by using the uranium we’ve already mined, and all of this energy carbon-free."

No comments:

Post a Comment