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Closing the cycle: how South Australia and Asia can benefit from re-inventing used nuclear fuel management


Heard, BP and Brook, BW, Closing the cycle: how South Australia and Asia can benefit from re-inventing used nuclear fuel management, Asia and The Pacific Policy Studies, 4, (1) pp. 166-175. ISSN 2050-2680 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1002/app5.164


A large and growing market exists for the management of used nuclear fuel. Urgent need for service lies in Asia, also the region of the fastest growth in fossil fuel consumption. A logical potential provider of this service is acknowledged to be Australia. We describe and assess a service combining approved multinational storage with an advanced fuel reconditioning facility and commercialisation of advanced nuclear reactor technologies. We estimate that this project has the potential to deliver a net present value of (2015) AU$30.9 billion. This economic finding compares favourably with recent assessment based on deep geological repository. Providing service for used nuclear fuel and commercialisation of next generation nuclear technology would catalyse the expansion of nuclear technology for energy requirements across Asia and beyond, aiding efforts to combat climate change. Pathways based on leveraging advanced nuclear technologies are therefore worthy of consideration in the development of policy in this area.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:used nuclear fuel, integral fast reactor, PRISM, pyroprocessing, technology, climate change
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Resources engineering and extractive metallurgy
Research Field:Nuclear engineering (incl. fuel enrichment and waste processing and storage)
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Mitigation of climate change
Objective Field:Climate change mitigation strategies
UTAS Author:Brook, BW (Professor Barry Brook)
ID Code:122678
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (FL160100101)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2017-11-22
Last Modified:2018-05-08
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