Full Title: The Path to Sustainable Nuclear Energy: Basic and Applied Research Opportunities for Advanced Fuel Cycles
Author(s): P. Finck, N. Edelstein
Publication Date: 9/2005
Length: 20 pages, PDF
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In response to a request from the Director of the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy, a small workshop was convened to summarize the scientific basis, technology challenges, and basic and applied research needs that could impact the design of nuclear fuel cycles which strive to minimize waste, minimize long-lived radioisotopes, and maximize energy output.
The objective of this report is to identify new basic science that will be the foundation for advances in nuclear fuel-cycle technology in the near term, and for changing the nature of fuel cycles and of the nuclear energy industry in the long term. The goals are to enhance the development of nuclear energy, to maximize energy production in nuclear reactor parks, and to minimize radioactive wastes, other environmental impacts, and proliferation risks.