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Abstract

The present paper describes the state-of-the-art of R+D and engineering concepts on innovative reactors and fuels. These concepts all aim at reducing the costs of nuclear power, reducing the radiotoxicity of the waste generated and satisfying the requirements of safety and safeguards for public acceptability in the next century.
From the various conceptual studies, two types of fuel cycles are mostly proposed:once through fuel cycles using ultra-high burn-up fuels and double strata fuel cycles in which nearly all long-lived nuclides are recycled and result in relatively short-lived nuclear waste.
Furthermore, there is renewed interest to intergrate thorium in future fuel cycles. .

Additional information

Authors: VAN GEEL J, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe (DE);SCHENKEL R, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe (DE);MAGILL J, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: GLOBAL 98 - International Conference on Preparing the Ground for Renewal of Nuclear Power, Paris (FR), October 22-23rd, 1998
Availability: Available from DG XIII D-2 as Paper EN 41955 ORA
Record Number: 199910231 / Last updated on: 1999-03-12
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en