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Russian nuclear reactor using ‘innovative’ fuel switches to ‘full power mode’


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Russian nuclear reactor using ‘innovative’ fuel switches to ‘full power mode’

Russian nuclear reactor using ‘innovative’ fuel switches to ‘full power mode’

The use of the new fuel is expected to significantly increase the fuel base of the nuclear power generation industry and further reduce radioactive waste. 23.09.2022, Sputnik International

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On September 22, Unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant in Russia reached 100% capacity for the first time. mixed oxide fuel (or MOX fuel for short) fabricated from plutonium dioxide, which is fabricated from reprocessed fuel rods used in standard VVER pressurized water reactors, and depleted uranium oxide fabricated from reprocessed by-products of the uranium enrichment process. The use of MOX fuel essentially brings the entire Russian nuclear industry closer to a “new technological platform based on the closed nuclear fuel cycle”, significantly increasing the fuel base of the power generation sector. nuclear and further minimizing radioactive waste, the portal suggests. Ivan Sidorov, director of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant, explained that, according to the license agreement, the reactor of unit 4 had to spend 300 hours operating at 85% of its capacity after loading the new fuel, and that nothing extraordinary happened during this period. As a result, Sidorov said, the “innovative” MOX fuel is working as intended, and the reactor can now generate electricity and heat “reliably, safely and at full capacity.” .”

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The use of the new fuel is expected to significantly increase the fuel base of the nuclear power generation industry and further reduce radioactive waste.

On September 22, Unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant in Russia reached 100% capacity for the first time.

According to the Atomic Energy web portal, the entire active area of ​​Unit 4’s BN-800 fast breeder reactor has been switched entirely to mixed oxide fuel (or MOX fuel for short) made from plutonium dioxide. , which is made from reprocessed fuel rods. used in standard VVER pressurized water reactors and depleted uranium oxide made from reprocessed by-products of the uranium enrichment process.

The use of MOX fuel essentially brings the entire Russian nuclear industry closer to a “new technological platform based on the closed nuclear fuel cycle”, significantly increasing the fuel base of the power generation sector. nuclear and further minimizing radioactive waste, the portal suggests. .

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Ivan Sidorov, director of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant, explained that, according to the license agreement, the reactor of unit 4 had to spend 300 hours operating at 85% of its capacity after loading the new fuel, and nothing out of the ordinary happened during that time.

As a result, Sidorov said, the “innovative” MOX fuel is working as expected and the reactor can now produce electricity and heat “reliably, safely and at full capacity”.



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