Choosing AT-Reactor Spent Fuel Storage Technologies

by E. R. Johnson, E. R. Johnson Associates, Inc, United States,

Abstract: Need for expansion of the spent fuel storage capability of reactor sites was first caused by delays in construction of reprocessing facilities, later by cessation of commercial reprocessing in the U.S. and subsequently by delays in the deployment of a repository. A number of alternatives are available for a utility to choose from to meet future storage needs including reracking, consolidation, supplemental water pools, vaults, metal storage casks and concrete modules. The cost of each of these alternatives is discussed. The choice of storage method for a particular reactor site is dependent on cost, operational interference, institutional acceptability, space limitations, and amount of storage capacity needed. A decision methodology is described for selection of the appropriate alternative.

Subject Headings: Energy storage | Waste storage | Nuclear power | Fuels | Water storage | Construction sites | Storage facilities

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