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The energy in nuclear waste could power the U.S. for 100 years, but the technology was never commercialized

Catherine Clifford writes for CNBC about nuclear waste’s energy potential.

The C3 Take
  • Spent nuclear fuel could provide an innovative pathway power sector decarbonization.
  • Using what is known as a fast reactor, scientists can salvage enough uranium from nuclear waste to power the United States for 100 years.
  • Next-generation nuclear companies such as Oklo and Terra Power are implementing fast reactors in their designs in order to reduce and repurpose waste.
  • Despite its economic drawbacks in the past, fast reactors could be crucial to reducing emissions in the United States.

“Fast reactors don’t slow down the neutrons that are released in the fission reaction, and faster neutrons beget more efficient fission reactions, Gehin told CNBC.”

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