During the summer between high school and college, Peyton Williams responded to an invitation to learn a little about the benefits of peaceful uses of nuclear energy. His task was to study the book by Charles Till and Yoon Change from Argonne National Laboratory titled, "PLENTIFUL ENERGY - The Story of the Integral Fast Reactor. The complex history of a simple reactor technology, with emphasis on its scientific basis for non-specialists." He did a superlative report and we wish him the best in college and the future. Go Nuclear.
From its inception in the 1940's, nuclear power as conceived by the United States had a closed fuel cycle. Uranium would be mined and milled, enriched in its fissionable isotope U-235 from the 0.7% found in nature, manufactured into fuel and burned in reactors to generate electricity. As it burned, some of the uranium would be converted to plutonium. Then the spent fuel would be removed and shipped to a central plant where it would be dissolved and reprocessed chemically. The unburned uranium and plutonium would be separated and could be recycled in new fuel. The radioactive fission products would be buried as waste.
The depleted uranium from the enrichment program can power all of the electrical energy needs of the United States for over 700 years at 1994 levels. This is using fast reactor and spent fuel recycling technologies developed at Argonne National Laboratory.
(Argonne National Laboratory, Charles Till) USofA - FRONTLINE INTERVIEW -Why do Americans fear nuclear power19.Feb.2015
Charles Till led a team of thousands of scientists, engineers and technicians in the 1980s up to 1994 in the successful development of one of the world's greatest technologies for producing electricity only to have the project stopped by President Clinton and behind the scenes anti-nuclear activists, non-profits, industry and the government. This is surely one of the greatest reversals ever in modern civilisation. China, Russia and other countries are NOT following the example set by President Clinton and they will be far better for it.