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Subject: Re: Fuel Costs and economics
Date: Jul 31, 3:30 pm
Poster: Clay Codner

On Jul 31, 3:30 pm, Clay Codner wrote:

>Fission may be damned economical, but there are virtually zero systems on the drawing board for new installation. The technology is virtually frozen at the 1970's level as regards major reactor redesign or even experiments to improve same. Such improvements are limited to fuel recovery, packaging, use efficiency, and other old technology buff-ups of extant older fission plants.
>I am an immediate fission proponent as many have gathered from past posts. We can do it now in calm or later in haste, but I predict we will do it! (re-vitalize fission power plant construction)
>Fusion just won't be there when we need it 20 years from now, I predict. Especially if our old tattered, worn out and multi-punched fusion dance cards and moonlit promises by prior fusioneers are any indicator.
>Richard Hull

Which brings up an interesting point: There was recently a project known as the "Fast Fusion Reactor" that I read about. The research group claims that it closes the fuel cycle, thereby using the entire fuel rod to produce fission. The benefits are much less waste, less active waste, and 100x the lifetime per Kg of fuel.

Now, I don't know how true this info is, but I did read that Clinton used his vast scientific experience to cancel the project.

Anybody have any better info or deeper knowledge?