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The reactor was taken offline in 1994, marking the end of nuclear power generation at the site. A remotely operated robot dubbed 'The Reactorsaurus' will be sent in to remove waste and contaminated equipment from this reactor as it is too dangerous a task for a human.
diddly1234 i think this is why thorium wont see the light of day in the western world at least.
watch India or China. they will be the first to do it.
A couple of things will happen…
diddly1234 as for thr UK, we have a serious power problem coming up as we have already extended the life of the life of our aging nuclear plants but no real plans to build new nuclear power stations.
That’s any type of Fast Neutron Reactor. But you do not need Sodium to cool down a Fast Neutron Reactor -almost any metal (including lead) will do. The only reason why engineers (originally) chose molten sodium-potassium was out of sheer greed (these metals conduct heat more easily than lead and are therefore slightly more cost effective). However it was a stupid type of greed; because using these flammable metals is only a smart option if there is no way, anything can ever go wrong. Of course nothing ever never does go wrong on paper, then someone actually built the Monju Reactor in Japan, and then England realised how lucky it had been decades earlier in choosing its welding team for at Dounreay.
tinhattribunal i heard that there was a process that could get almost 100% efficiency from the fuel rods using the liquid sodium process,
It’s mostly because there are more companies involved with decommissioning, more competition & experience between them. But by 2087 I imagine Bradwell's core will be dipped in acid piece by piece, its radioactivity separated, and then recycled-destroyed as fuel for Britain's upcoming Fast Neutron Reactors.
THE cost of decommissioning and cleaning up the Dounreay nuclear plant in Caithness has been halved and the site, with its golf ball dome, will be cleared about 40 years earlier than planned.
Details of Britain’s biggest site closure contract, to cost from £1.5 billio to £2 billion, will be announced tomorrow by the nuclear decommissioning authority. www.thesundaytimes.co.uk...
Originally posted by Liberal1984
The Separation of Plutonium From Uranium in 1 minute!
Here uranium containing small amounts of plutonium created within it, (from having once been inside a nuclear reactor) is separated having been put into nitric acid, and shaken with Kerosene…
Plutonium 239 can be used either for nuclear bombs or as conventional reactor Mixed Oxide (MOX) fuel (an idea originally invented by British Nuclear Fuels -now owned by several companies).
But all higher than Pu 239 isotopes are practical only as Fast Neutron reactor fuel, and are almost completely useless in nuclear weapons because they cause it to detonate too quickly making the bomb very inefficient. This is why something called Isotope Separation was developed www.atomicarchive.com...
I know this; and it’s also the biggest reason why there’s a difference between Reactor Grade plutonium and Military Grade plutonium (containing almost pure P239).
Bedlam Nope, you sort of missed it a bit here. Traditional isotopic separation of plutonium (Pu239 from Pu240) doesn't work well for several reasons. Pretty much no one does this. Where you use isotope separation is to remove U235 from raw uranium ore, leaving U238 as a waste product.
Which is why 8 out of 9, of the U.S military, plutonium producting reactors at Hanford, never made a Watt of Electricity (despite making loads of high temperature, waste heat more than capable of boiling water). en.wikipedia.org...
If you want straight Pu239 with a minimum of the other nasty contaminants, you generally have to do it by not making any Pu240 in the first place.
Yes I wish this technology had never been invented.
You can, although you won't hear it much in the news, achieve separation of plutonium isotopes with something akin to SILEX,