A greater desire to remove carbon from the energy generation industry has spurred renewed interest in nuclear power. There are however still serious obstacles to overcome, including the availability of the uranium required to fuel the process. Last week Paul Goranson, Uranium Producers of America President and Chief Operating Officer of Energy Fuels grumbled at a Senate Committee, “As I was starting my career, the US led the world in uranium production, employing over 20,000 workers and supplying almost all our own nuclear fuel, and we were a net exporter. Today, commercial reactors in the US import more than 90% of annual demand and less than 1% of the uranium they use is mined in the United States. This has left domestic production on the brink of collapse. One solution is to not rely on fresh uranium at all. Moltex Energy and Jacobs are teaming up to develop a new concept: the Stable Salt Reactor. The latter is going to build a thermal transfer test site at its Birchwood Park research and development facility in England. It is designed to generate low cost electricity by burning processed spent fuel pellets which would otherwise have to be stored as radioactive waste.
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