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Fuel availability in nuclear power: An overview of the present demand and supply situation of nuclear fuels and possible future developments
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Global Energy Systems.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Nuclear power is in focus of attention due to several factors these days and the expression “nuclear renaissance” is getting well known. However, concerned voices are raised saying that the fuel availability will phase out nuclear power faster.

The Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences declared in 2006 a wish for scientific focus on nuclear power in years to come. The Academy identified six areas of interest regarding nuclear power and fuel availability was one.

In this thesis an attempt is made to give an overview of the circumstances regarding fuel availability in nuclear power by gathering information from relevant scientific articles, the industry and international authorities.

The results presented in this thesis show that in the coming 20 years it is likely that the construction rate of new power plants is a bigger challenge than fuel availability. The rate of new constructions must within a few years reach the peak levels that were reached during a few years in the 1980´s on over 30 new reactors per year. This is a challenge since only the amount of new nuclear reactors have been less than four on average the last 15  years and it needs to increase 5 folds at least.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 49 p.
UPTEC ES, ISSN 1650-8300 ; 10 027
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-145113OAI: diva2:395335
Available from: 2011-03-02 Created: 2011-02-05 Last updated: 2011-03-02Bibliographically approved

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