Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator
Based on work performed by DOE-NE’s Systems Analysis and Integration Campaign
Limited Recycle approach
The limited recycle approach involves the re-use of nuclear fuel once. In Stage 1, plant operators send new nuclear fuel into the reactors (as in the once-through approach) and extract plutonium and uranium from fuel discharged from the reactor. In Stage 2, the extracted plutonium and uranium are formed into mixed-oxide fuel and fed back into similar reactors once. After a second pass through the reactors, the fuel is sent to storage and disposal without any further separation of materials.
All other products are stored and sent to geologic disposal sites – i.e., depleted uranium, surplus recovered uranium, minor actinides (MA), and fission products (FP).
Limited Recycle Calculator (EG13) Levelized Cost of Electricity
|Reactor Capital Recovery Cost ($/MWh)||30.6||30.6|
|Fuel Cost ($/MWh)||8.3||12.6|
|Reactor Operation And Maintenance Cost ($/MWh)||10.6||10.6|
|Total Levelized Cost of Electricity ($/MWh)||49.5||53.7|
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