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Energies 2017, 10(8), 1235; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10081235

A Review of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Strategies and the Spent Nuclear Fuel Management Technologies

Cátedra Rafael Mariño de Nuevas Tecnologías Energéticas, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, 28015 Madrid, Spain
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Received: 19 June 2017 / Revised: 1 August 2017 / Accepted: 6 August 2017 / Published: 21 August 2017
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Nuclear power has been questioned almost since its beginnings and one of the major issues concerning its social acceptability around the world is nuclear waste management. In recent years, these issues have led to a rise in public opposition in some countries and, thus, nuclear energy has been facing even more challenges. However, continuous efforts in R&D (research and development) are resulting in new spent nuclear fuel (SNF) management technologies that might be the pathway towards helping the environment and the sustainability of nuclear energy. Thus, reprocessing and recycling of SNF could be one of the key points to improve the social acceptability of nuclear energy. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to review the state of the nuclear waste management technologies, its evolution through time and the future advanced techniques that are currently under research, in order to obtain a global vision of the nuclear fuel cycle strategies available, their advantages and disadvantages, and their expected evolution in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: nuclear energy; nuclear waste management; reprocessing; recycling nuclear energy; nuclear waste management; reprocessing; recycling
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Rodríguez-Penalonga, L.; Moratilla Soria, B.Y. A Review of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Strategies and the Spent Nuclear Fuel Management Technologies. Energies 2017, 10, 1235.

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