Future reactors could “eat up” its own used fuel say NNL scientists

New research into nuclear energy generation published by National Nuclear Laboratory scientists together with academics from the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester proposes a paradigm change to support future reactor systems which ‘eat up’ used fuel without prior reprocessing. This would ‘squeeze out’ a factor of up to 20 times more energy from nuclear fuel. The systems could lead to a significantly simpler fuel cycle, an end to the accumulation of used fuel, and the elimination of any waste which would need to be stored for many thousands of years, while providing large-scale and secure low carbon electricity.

The full paper can be found at:

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0180703