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In the event of a revival of interest in nuclear energy, so-called Generation IV power systems will come into operation between 2030-2050. These systems should be highly economical, have enhanced safety features, give rise to a minimum of waste, and be proliferation resistant.

Prominent among the performance goals of such reactors is the fact that they should be competitive with other electricity generating sources. Specifically, the cost in US dollars should not exceed 3 cents/kWh on the basis of year 2000 prices. In addition, plant capital investment costs should not exceed $1000/kWe on the same basis.

Another performance goal is that these Generation IV systems should have high proliferation resistance. The fear is sometimes expressed that, in a nuclear revival situation, where many different power systems may be available, one can no longer control the flow of fissile material and the uses to which such systems may be put (e.g. clandestine fissile material production). Taken to the extreme, can proliferation issues become "showstoppers"? Proliferation issues can be classified as follows:

-Minimal attractiveness to potential weapons proliferations.
-Intrinsic and Extrinsic proliferation resistance.
-Evaluation of proliferation resistance.

Additional information

Authors: MAGILL J, JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe (DE);SCHENKEL R, JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: The International Converence on Global Warming and Energy Policy, Global Foundation. Held at: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (US), 26-28 November 2000
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