Spent Nuclear Fuel and Accelerator Driven Systems
One of the most pressing issues of our time is our global growing need for energy in the context of climate change. Of all realistic sources that may contribute to the solution, one of the more contentious is nuclear energy. Issues of safety, security, cost and spent fuel must be addressed if nuclear energy is to contribute to our energy future. In this talk I will motivate the need to address the issue of spent fuel, specifically the role accelerator driven transmutation may play to mitigate long term geologic storage. I will describe the basics of designing accelerator driven systems (ADS) as well as some of the important technical problems that have yet to be solved. As an example, the MYRRHA experiment at SCK•CEN in Mol, Belgum is one possible ADS design choice that will be mentioned as well as some alternative design ideas gaining momentum in the US National Labs.
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