Nuclear waste generated in the U.S. is stored at or near one of the 121 facilities across the country. High-level nuclear waste (HLNW) can last up to 125,000 years!
Older nuclear reactors used as little as 0.25% of the available fuel. Gen IV increases efficiency 100-300x. Under-utilized nuclear waste in storage is Gen IV fuel!
After the stored nuclear waste is reintroduced as a Gen IV Nuclear fuel source, approximately 60% of this becomes inert material that is no longer radioactive.
After nuclear waste is reintroduced as Gen IV fuel, about 14% becomes less radioactive material that is suitable for medical isotopes and radiotherapy -- for saving lives!
When nuclear waste is used as Gen IV fuel, about 13% has utility in industrial applications, such as Mega X-rays that test for leaks in pipelines and sprinkler systems.
The remaining nuclear waste comprises 13%, is much less radioactive, and only must be stored for 300 years vs. 125,000 years! Read this once more and let it sink in!
Vastly under-utilized nuclear waste can now be efficiently used as Gen IV fuel, yielding over 20,000 years of energy demand for the World -- not a typo!
If a Gen IV reactors get too hot, it automatically cools on its own. This all happens because of gravity—no pumps, external power, or human intervention is required.
Existing nuclear waste becomes impotent through the Gen IV process. Gen IV can also consume traditional fuel and no weapons-grade material byproduct will result.
Highly enriched uranium (HEU) from dismantled warheads could be part of a Gen IV international fuel reserve. HEU stockpiles are reported to be 260 tons.
A wind farm must be 8 times the size of New York City to produce the equivalent amount of electricity as one Gen IV reactor, which has a core the size of a 55 gallon drum.
The G7 is slow to implement Gen IV. TerraPower (Bill Gates) teamed with Southern Company to build a Gen IV facilities in California and Tennessee at the National Laboratories located there.