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Author Starr, C. ♦ Laubenstein, R. A.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS ♦ ECONOMICS ♦ EFFICIENCY ♦ ELECTRICITY ♦ FUELS ♦ HIGH TEMPERATURE ♦ PLUTONIUM ♦ POWER PLANTS ♦ REACTORS ♦ REPROCESSING ♦ URANIUM ♦ URANIUM OXIDES ♦ USA
Abstract A study of the economically available resources of U in the USA and the world indicates that available U in the USA should be sufficient to maintain the nuclear power industry in this country until the year 2005, and that available U all over the world should be sufficient until 2050. This conclusion is based on the assumptions of no change in the prices of U, no advance in nuclear technology, and the reactor type being that of a high-temperature, high-specific power reactor (high T and SP). An increase in price of U/sub 3/O/sub 8/ to / 1b would extend the limit in USA from 2005 to 2050. Improvements in nuclear technology, such as in conversion ratios, could extend this limit. It is concluded that high T and SI reactors have a promising future since they yield more electric energy per ton of U and will be less sensitive to possible increases in price. For example, present fuel costs for the low T and SP reactors with U/sub 3/O/sub 8/ at /1b are equivalent to those for the high T and SP reactors with U/sub 3/O/sub 8/ at /lb; such an increase in factor of six. Another way of obtaining more energy per ton of natural uranium would be through the development of a plutorium recycle or fast reactor. (D.L.C.)
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1960-04-01
Journal Atomic Age
Volume Number 1
Organization Atomics International, Canoga Park, Calif.


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