Lecture_17 - LECTURE 17 ALTERNATIVE ENERGY RESOURCES 17.1...

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LECTURE 17- ALTERNATIVE ENERGY RESOURCES 17.1 FISSION POWER FISSION SPLITTING APART OF ATOMIC NUCLEI WITH ACCOMPANYING RELEASE OF ENERGY 20 OUT OF >250 ISOTOPES SUPPORT FISSION POWER GENERATION FUEL ENRICHED IN URANIUM-235 (0.7% OF ALL URANIUM) CONTROLLED CHAIN REACTION ->HEAT HEAT -> STEAM -> ELECTRICITY "BURNER" REACTORS DISTRIBUTION OF NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS CURRENTLY 111 OPERABLE NUCLEAR PLANTS IN U.S. GENERATES 20% OF ITS ELECTRICAL ENERGY FROM NUCLEAR POWER OVER 400 OPERABLE NUCLEAR PLANTS IN WORLD FRANCE GENERATES 80% OF ITS ELECTRICAL ENERGY FROM NUCLEAR POWER URANIUM
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GENERATED BY SOLUTION AND PRECIPITATION OF URANIUM AS AN OXIDE U 3 O 8 (YELLOWCAKE) CONCENTRATED MAINLY IN SANDSTONES URANIUM-235 MAKES UP ONLY 0.7 % OF NATURAL URANIUM AND IS CONSIDERED A NONRENEWABLE ENERY RESOURCE U.S. URANIUM SUPPLY MOSTLY IN WESTERN STATES PRODUCTION COULD BE INCREASED BY 2010 TO 4 TIMES PRESENT PRODUCTION POTENTIAL FOR MEETING ONLY 15% OF TOTAL U.S. ENERGY NEEDS BY YEAR 2010 RESERVES FOR ONLY SEVERAL DECADES
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  • Fall '08
  • Larson
  • Capital Investment, nuclear power plants, major capital investment, OPERABLE NUCLEAR PLANTS, NUCLEAR POWER URANIUM

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