Another nail in the coffin of the ‘integral fast nuclear reactors’ championed by Ben Heard, Barry Brook et al.

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Jim Green.Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1021186047913052/– 9 May 19

Another nail in the coffin of the ‘integral fast reactors’ championed by Ben Heard, Barry Brook et al.
UK consideration as to how to manage a growing stockpile of separated plutonium: “Re-use in PRISM [IFR] fast reactors – an option proposed by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) involving the construction at Sellafield of a fuel fabrication plant and two PRISM reactors (all ‘first of a kind’ facilities) to irradiate a plutonium alloy fuel. The option was put forward by GEH as ‘ready to deploy’ and therefore capable of quickly dispositioning the complete plutonium stockpile.‘ However, the studies undertaken by NDA with GEH over the past few years have shown that a major research and development programme would be required, indicating a low level of technical maturity for the option with no guarantee of success.

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