Nuclear- Heat Values and Fuels





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Principles of Uranium Stewardship-  “Sustainability must be the guiding principle of global development – requiring worldwide policies that meet the needs and aspirations of the present generation without compromising the opportunity of future generations to fulfil their needs and aspirations”.

World Nuclear Association: Charter of Ethics…Learn more>>


Our Finite World
Posted on July 5, 2011- Will uranium supply be adequate for planned nuclear electricity? This question has seen sharply differing views. The purpose of this post is to give an update, showing where we are now.

The supply situation is recently looking better, partly because…Learn more>>


Uranium Availability-


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Uranium Supplies Good For The Long Haul
Researched and written by World Nuclear News

World uranium resources are ample to meet requirements for the foreseeable future but timely investment in facilities will be needed to make sure production keeps pace with growing demand, according to...Learn more>>


How Much Longer Will World Reserves Of The Nuclear Fuel Uranium Last
by Jan Oliver Lofken for DLR,  Berlin, Germany (SPX) Nov 03, 2010

As controversial as nuclear power is, with its still unresolved risks, waste storage problems and high capital costs, it currently meets about 14 percent of global electrical power demand through 430 power stations.

However, as is the case with crude oil, coal or natural gas, reserves of uranium 235 – the fuel used in atomic power stations – are finite, meaning…Learn More>>


Mining and Processing Nuclear Fuels-

Today, uranium is mined in 19 countries around the world. The leading producer is Kazakhstan, followed by Canada and Australia. These three countries account for about 64% of world production. International trade in uranium is controlled by a regime of safeguards administered by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to ensure that it is used exclusively for peaceful purpose.

– Establishing a Mine;
– Mining;
– Milling;
– After Mining;


Uranium Overview-   Uranium is a silvery-white metal, roughly 70% denser than lead and is the only naturally-occurring fissile element on earth. Uranium is more common than tin, about 40 times more common than silver and 500 times more common than gold. It’s found in very low concentrations almost everywhere on earth in soil, rocks, water and even in your own back yard.

– Properties of Uranium;
– Radiation;
– Finding Uranium;
– Regulators;
– Markets;
– Uranium in Saskatchewan;
– Nuclear History Timeline;



Nuclear Fuel Processes

Watch this interactive graphic on how nuclear fuel is  produced, used and stored.

DYK NUCLEAR processing uranium


Uranium — Where Is It Found?
By: Dana S. Ulmer-Scholle

Uranium is a naturally occurring element that has the highest atomic weight (~238 g/mole) and is slightly radioactive. It can be found in minute quantities in most rocks, soils and waters (normally < 5 ppm), but the real challenge is…Learn more>>


How is Uranium Mined?
The Positives and Negatives
-Open Pit Mining
– Underground Mining
– Milling
– In-situ Recover (ISR) Mining
Read the positives and negatives of each process…


Processing Uranium to Make Fuel?
-Mining and Milling
-Uranium Conversion
-Uranium Enrichment
-Fuel Fabrication
-Size of Nuclear Fuel Assemblies
Read the description of each process…



Uranium in Canada


Canada is a country rich in uranium resources and a long history of exploration, mining and generation of nuclear power (for coverage of nuclear power, see Nuclear Power in Canada). To 2014, more uranium had been mined in Canada than any other country – 485,000 tU, about one-fifth of world total.


Strategy For The Management And Disposal Of Used Nuclear Fuel And High-Level Radioactive Waste.