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Can The U.S. Wean Itself Off Russian Uranium?

Alex Kimani of writes on the ways that the U.S. is weaning itself off of Russian uranium.

The C3 Take
  • Russia supplies the U.S. with 14% of its uranium, which is needed to power traditional and advanced nuclear reactors. 
  • In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, American policymakers and innovators have begun to look for ways to diversify our uranium supply chain to bolster our energy security. 
  • Centrus Energy has collaborated with the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a centrifuge that enriches uranium for next generation reactors. 
  • Meanwhile, DOE is working with the private sector to advance thorium—a metal that can generate more power and less waste than uranium.  

“The United States Department of Energy (DOE), Nuclear Engineering & Science Center at Texas A&M and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) have partnered with Chicago-based Clean Core Thorium Energy (CCTE) to develop a new thorium-based nuclear fuel they have dubbed ANEEL. ANEEL (Advanced Nuclear Energy for Enriched Life) is a proprietary combination of thorium and ‘High Assay Low Enriched Uranium’ (HALEU) that intends to address high costs and toxic waste issues (thorium must be paired with at least a small amount of a fissile material due its inability to naturally fissile on its own).”

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