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a tomexpo 2013 forum: “Nuclear energy and public acceptance”, Saint Petersburg, 28 June 2013 Plentiful Energy – k ey advantages of the I ntegral F ast Reactor (IFR). Environment Institute Where ideas grow. Prof. Barry W. Brook Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change

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atomexpo 2013 forum: “Nuclear energy and public acceptance”, Saint Petersburg, 28 June 2013

Plentiful Energy – key advantages of the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR)

Environment

Institute

Where ideas grow

Prof. Barry W. Brook

Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change

barry.brook@adelaide.edu.au

http://bravenewclimate.com

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“Technological fixes have unforeseen

and deleterious side effects –

but so do social fixes, especially revolutions”

Weinberg, A.M. (1980) Technological optimism. Society 17, 17–18.

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Cheap, large-scale energy storage

3G Biodiesel

Wave

Wind

Solar CP

Coal CCS

Gen IV nuclear

Gen III+ nuclear

HDR Geothermal

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Annual Mass Flow for LWR

100 tons

85 tons

Depleted

Uranium

Uranium Ore

Enrichment

15 tons

1000 MWe

LWR

Used Uranium

Reserve

13.85 tons U

0.13 tons Pu

13.85 tons Uranium

1.00 tons Fission Products

0.13 tons Plutonium

0.02 tons Minor Actinides

1.00 tons F.P.

0.02 tons M.A.

Reprocessing

Disposal

(100,000 years)

Disposal

(100,000 years)

Spent Fuel

European recycle

- Saves 15% uranium

- But no reduction in waste life

Direct disposal is

the current U.S. policy

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Unlocking ALL of

uranium’s potential

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Realistic low-carbon 2060 energy mix?

50-fold increase

15-fold increase