NATURAL URANIUM EQUIVALENT FUEL - AN INNOVATIVE DESIGN FOR PROVEN CANDU TECHNOLOGY
35th Annual CNS Conference - 2015 May 31 - June 3


Presented at:
35th Annual CNS Conference
2015 May 31 - June 3
Location:
Saint John, Canada
Session Title:
3A4 - Advanced Fuel Cycles

Authors:
F. Pineiro (Candu Energy Inc.)
K. Ho (Candu Energy Inc.)
A. Khaial (Candu Energy Inc.)
M. Boubcher (Candu Energy Inc.)
C. Cottrell (Candu Energy Inc.)
S. Kuran (Candu Energy Inc.)
Z. Zhenhua (Third Qinshan Nuclear Power Company)
M. Zhiliang (Third Qinshan Nuclear Power Company)
  

Abstract

The high neutron economy, on-power refuelling capability and fuel bundle design simplicity in CANDU® reactors allow for the efficient utilization of alternative fuels. Candu Energy Inc. (Candu), in collaboration with the Third Qinshan Nuclear Power Company (TQNPC), the China North Nuclear Fuel Corporation (CNNFC), and the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC), has successfully developed an advanced fuel called Natural Uranium Equivalent (NUE). This innovative design consists of a mixture of recycled and depleted uranium, which can be implemented in existing CANDU stations thereby bringing waste products back into the energy stream, increasing fuel resources diversity and reducing fuel costs.



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