Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator
Based on work performed by DOE-NE’s Systems Analysis and Integration Campaign
This website allows users to calculate the levelized cost of electricity at equilibrium (LCAE) with algorithms based on the NE-COST tool to calculate and compare the economics of producing electricity with nuclear power plants.
Three specific nuclear fuel cycle calculators are provided here:
- Once-Through (EG01a) Fuel Cycle Calculator
- Limited recycle approach (EG13) Fuel Cycle Calculator
- Continuous recycle approach (EG23) Fuel Cycle Calculator
The above three fuel cycles have been evaluated in the Fuel Cycle Evaluation and Screening Study. For a comparison of these fuel cycle performance metrics using reference values from the Evaluation and Screening Study, click here.Default values are suggested for all variables based on the 2017 Advanced Fuel Cycle Cost Basis Report. However, users can change any values and recalculate costs. For more information on the default values suggested here or the most up to date information, please see:
- Current version of the Advanced Fuel Cost Basis Report
- 2017 Advanced Fuel Cost Basis Report
- F. Ganda, T. K. Kim, T. A. Taiwo and R. Wigeland, "Analysis of reactor capital costs and correlated sampling of economic input variables", Proceedings of ICAPP 2015, May 03-06, 2015, Nice (France), Paper 15342.
The DOE's Evaluation and Screening
Under a charter authorized by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy, an Evaluation and Screening study of nuclear fuel cycle options was conducted using established sets of criteria and metrics. For the study, nuclear fuel cycle systems are defined in terms of the activities and facilities required for the use of nuclear power, from mining through disposal. The NE-COST computational tool is used to quantify the economic and financial risk performance of fuel cycles. This tool is incorporated into this website.
a EG01 represents an Evaluation Group in the Fuel Cycle Evaluation and Screening Study