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Within the frame of the Commission Forwards Studies Unit, and in view of the problem concerning the technological response options to the CO(2) issues, this study aims at establishing the key factors influencing the penetration of the nuclear electricity generation in the energy system. The 2 key issues identified as the main bottlenecks, precluding a wider development of the electronuclear industry, are reprocessing and recycling. The main arguments in favour of reprocessing include not only the necessity for a definitive disposal of nuclear waste (instead of any interim solution) but also as an efficient approach to facilitate fuel recycling, therefore reducing the consumption of uranium. The possible developments of this industry are assessed with the PUREX process still being considered as the reference procedure, at least in the short term.

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Authors: LANZA F, JRC Ispra (IT);ZANANTONI C, JRC Sevilla (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16319 EN (1995) 27pp., FS
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT)
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