Nuclear high-radioactive residues: a new economic solution based on the emergence of a global competitive market
AbstractNuclear energy is economic and does not emit CO2 but has two central setbacks. First, it has not been yet implemented an efficient method of disposing the spent fuel. Second, the reactors’ complexity is expensive and turns possible the occurrence of accidents. In this paper, first I propose a very simple, economic and safe boiling heavy-water reactor that may constitute a way of mitigating these setbacks. The reactor is a container filled with a hydraulic suspension of fuel that is crossed-over by two fluxes: by one side, the fuel suspension that remains 250 days in the reactor and, by another side, the cooler that remains 50 seconds in the reactor. Second, I discuss that the solution of nuclear high-radioactive residues problem passes by the emergence of a global competitive market.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto in its series FEP Working Papers with number 223.
Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2006
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Nuclear reactor; Heavy water; Boiling water; Continuous fuel feeding; IV generation; Nuclear residues pricing and trading;
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