On the Need for Accelerator Breeders and Fission Converter Reactors
In the following discussion, the term “accelerator breeder” simply denotes a machine producing one metric ton of fissile plutonium per year. The question is whether developing and implementing such machines would have significant advantages with respect to the worldwide need for natural uranium. In considering this question we start by elaborating some yardsticks to judge what “advantageous” may mean and this leads us to an estimate of the long-term nuclear energy supply. We will restrict the discussion to the uranium-plutonium fuel cycle since it is the only one that has already been demonstrated.
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