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Ellingson, Kenneth L

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Can nuclear fuel be recycled indefinitely?
« on: 19/10/2008 13:03:08 »
Ellingson, Kenneth L  asked the Naked Scientists:

Can nuclear fuel (from power plants) be recycled indefinitely so there is no waste?

Knute Ellingson, Chicago

What do you think?


 

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Can nuclear fuel be recycled indefinitely?
« Reply #1 on: 19/10/2008 13:47:56 »
Obviously not. because you cannot extract energy without creating changes. However the fissionable isotope of Uranium is only a small proprtion of natural Uranium and turning the non fissionable common isotope U238 into a fissionable isotope will increase the amount of enrgy avaiable by a large factor.
 

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Can nuclear fuel be recycled indefinitely?
« Reply #2 on: 21/10/2008 14:14:35 »
Sorry, What I meant is can nuclear fuel be recycled (refined and reused) until it is no longer toxic waste or harmful?
 

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