Clean nuclear energy: should we rethink our nuclear policy?

By | September 21, 2014

Fast breeder (NPP) nuclear reactors are set to go into commercial production: Russia plans to go into production in 2015, while every other nation has plans to eliminate nuclear power plants.

But what fascinates me most is that the fuel for these plants is not radioactive when it leaves the plant, and furthermore can be manufactured from nuclear waste. With nuclear waste disposal already a problem, why not commission a few more of these plants to get rid of the current nuclear waste stockpiles that no one wants to bury? And with increasing energy demands, perhaps this could be a new source of clean energy?

/via +Charles An-y-man

No nuclear waste: Fuel of future produced at Russia’s high-tech underground plant
Russia’s ‘Breakthrough’ energy project enables closed a nuclear fuel cycle and a future without radioactive waste. The first batch of MOX nuclear fuel has been manufactured for the world’s only NPP industrially power generating breeder reactors.

6 thoughts on “Clean nuclear energy: should we rethink our nuclear policy?

  1. Francois Demers

    This may be another way for Russia to remind everyone it is a nuclear power, something it has been keen to emphasise this year.. Coincidentally, the Kremlin announced today a complete overhaul of the ground tactical arsenal.

  2. Peter B

    Regardless the source of the article, I'm always amazed at the people who are UBER-Anti-Global-Warming, YET histrionic against MODERN Nuclear Power, which is MAGNITUDES more efficient than the TMI Pressurized Water Reactor.

  3. Michael Heinrich

    Of course it leaves nuclear waste, yet of a different kind. The fission products will still be radioactive. Also breeders are notoriously hard to operate as they can't be cooled with water. The article does not say what coolant will be used in the new plant but in the 80ies/90ies liquid sodium was intended to be used, and if that stuff was leaking out all hell would break loose.


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