Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator
Based on work performed by DOE-NE’s Systems Analysis and Integration Campaign
Once-through fuel cycle
In this approach, natural uranium is converted to low-enriched uranium (LEU) oxide fuel. Power plant operators then use the fuel to generate electricity in a standard light water cooled nuclear reactor before sending the fuel directly to storage and geologic disposal. The once-through fuel cycle is the basis upon which all other fuel cycle approaches are compared in this calculator.
Once-Through Calculator (EG01) Levelized Cost of Electricity
|Reactor Capital Recovery Cost ($/MWh)||30.6||30.6|
|Fuel Cost ($/MWh)||8.3||8.3|
|Reactor Operation And Maintenance Cost ($/MWh)||10.6||10.6|
|Total Levelized Cost of Electricity ($/MWh)||49.5||49.5|
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