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Unformatted text preview: Nuclear energy consumption by area .S. Energy Production by Energy Source Figure 13.6 13-6 Source: Annual Energy Review 1999 , U.S. Energy Information Administration, Department of Energy. .S. Nuclear Power Plant Locations Figure 14.12 14-11 Source: Data from Annual Energy Review 1999 , U.S. Energy Information Administration. Diablo Canyon, California Types of Uranium Natural Uranium - uranium that contains 99.3 percent of the isotope uranium-238 and 0.7 percent of the fissionable isotope uranium-235. Low Enriched Uranium - uranium that contains the isotope uranium- 235 in a concentration less than 20 percent and higher than 0.7 percent. Most commercial reactor fuel has been enriched to 3-5 percent of uranium-235. Highly Enriched Uranium - uranium that contains the isotope uranium- 235 in a concentration above 20 percent. Highly enriched uranium is used in research reactors, naval propulsion reactors, and weapons. Depleted Uranium - uranium with less than 0.7 percent of the isotope uranium-235. Uranium Facts One ton of natural uranium can produce more than 40 million kilowatt-hours of electricity. This is equivalent to burning 16,000 tons of coal or 80,000 barrels of oil. There are currently 103 operating U.S. nuclear power plants that produce over 20 percent of U.S. electricity....
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This note was uploaded on 07/17/2008 for the course GS 203 taught by Professor Leavell during the Spring '08 term at Ohio State.

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