BN-800 fast neutron reactor starts working on “fuel of the future”


The Russian nuclear power industry was the first in the world to use MOX fuel for the operation of reactors, which was called “fuel of the future” only yesterday.


The press service of Rosenergoatom Concern announced the loading of the first serial batch of nuclear fuel into the reactor:

The first serial batch of MOX fuel was loaded into the BN-800 reactor of power unit No. 4 of the Beloyarsk NPP. Following the first overhaul in its history, the unit successfully resumed operation.

The commercial operation of the 4th power unit of the Beloyarsk NPP, operating on fast neutrons, began in 2016 and became one of the final stages of implementation Technology "Closure" of the fuel cycle.

Actually, with the loading of industrial MOX fuel, which uses depleted uranium and plutonium extracted in the process of reprocessing spent nuclear fuel from thermal neutron reactors, the cycle can be considered closed.

Nuclear scientists believe that the use of "fuel of the future" will significantly reduce the amount of radioactive waste due to the "burning" of hazardous radionuclides in spent fuel from conventional nuclear power plants.

According to experts, Russia, which was the first to solve the problem of creating an efficient MOX fuel, will squeeze out competitors in the world market of manufacturers of fuel for nuclear power plants.
Photos used: Alexandra Zolotova / wikipedia.org
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  1. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 28 January 2020 16: 09
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    And I always say: "Do not try to catch up with someone. We must create our own - fantastic, and let them catch us !!!!!"
  2. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) 28 January 2020 16: 52
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    ... with the loading of industrial MOX fuel, which uses depleted uranium and plutonium released during the processing of spent nuclear fuel from thermal neutron reactors, the cycle can be considered closed.

    - Some superficial arguments ... - And how long will this loaded "batch of fuel" be used and how constantly will it have to be reloaded with a new batch ... - every 3, 6, 8 months ??? - And what to do with the "extra isotopes" of plutonium itself ???
    - Yes, and plutonium itself is so radioactive (200 times more active than uranium) and so toxic .. that you need to think 000 times before starting something with plutonium ...
    1. gorenina91 Offline
      gorenina91 (Irina) 29 January 2020 06: 30
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      - It can be seen ... how the whole site fraternity rejoices with its prepared advantages ...
      - If only they would not make people laugh ... - And so all this illiterate brotherhood so unanimously approves ???
      - This is what happens ... - that before the appearance of the MOX, the construction workers simply shoveled radioactive material directly into the reactor ...
      - And then suddenly the MOX fuel appeared and ... and ... and ... and ... and now all the same builders can just stab with crowbars and sledgehammers (like ceramics) and push pieces into the reactor ... - Progress just there !!! - Let us all continue to applaud ignorance ... - Well, -Hahah, and only ... - Even a minus is a pity to evaluate such illiterate "reasoning" ...
      1. chemyurij Offline
        chemyurij (chemyurij) 29 January 2020 12: 26
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        Quote: gorenina91
        Let us all continue to applaud ignorance.

        I join, standing ovation, shouting "long live" and "vivat", with tears of tenderness and delight, and all this to you !!!
  3. boriz Offline
    boriz (boriz) 28 January 2020 17: 43
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    This is a major breakthrough for our scientists. If someone does not understand: MOX fuel is not metal, in fact, it is ceramics. In the event of a serious accident, fuel does not flow into a molten, terribly radioactive puddle, as in Fukushima, and will not create an “eternal” uncontrolled nuclear weapon. You can slowly and calmly deal with the accident. No risk to the health and lives of people.
    This technology allows the use of waste from other nuclear weapons, increases the efficiency of using extracted natural uranium by 100 times, and the amount of radioactive waste decreases by several times.
    The Americans tried to create this technology, spent many times more money and could not do anything.
    1. gorenina91 Offline
      gorenina91 (Irina) 30 January 2020 03: 50
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      - No, well, it’s necessary ...- an entire department of construction battalion came running .. with the shovels at the ready ...- And with the same shovels they grabbed the pluses apparently and invisibly ...
      - Hurray ...- the construction workers are already in charge in the Russian nuclear power industry ...- As, however, in Roskosmos ..., as in the Russian Defense Industry, as in all other Russian key areas, areas ... What a breakthrough ... -To cry, or laugh ...
      1. duchy Offline
        duchy (Salih) 30 January 2020 06: 07
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        Irina, it is evident that in your youth the construction battalions really upset you. True, in Russia this kind of troops ordered to live long in the last century. Right, wink at least in old age, recoup. laughing
        1. gorenina91 Offline
          gorenina91 (Irina) 30 January 2020 07: 49
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          - Yes, personally, I am so old that even musketeers could upset me ... what kind of construction battalion are there ...
          - As for the construction battalion specifically, then ... now ... now ... I personally found out about them from my serving relatives ...- specifically asked them about this "kind of troops" ... -None of mine served in the construction battalion ...- Mor. Fleet; Marine Corps (personally, I already wrote about this somehow); Border Troops; Airborne Forces and even the Presidential Regiment, etc ...- here in these types of troops at different times, different generations of my relatives served in the USSR Army and the Russian Army (there are also veterans of military operations in Afghanistan and Chechnya) ...
          - I must say ...- Mother Siberia has always and at all times been strained precisely in the “shock military unit” ... “shock combat arms” ... -Personally, I myself am also a military liable (I also wrote about this) .. .
          - It’s from my serving relatives that I personally learned (I was especially interested) that the construction battalion ... were, as it were, more decent ... they were the most dumb, recruited from the social strata of the population with low social responsibility (criminal record, lack of average education, health restrictions, etc.) "troops" ...- and this, if we take the Slavic European population of Russia ...- And so ...- the non-Russian population of the USSR and Russia was mainly called up to the construction battalion ... -population from the outskirts, nat. republics, etc ... -And the tasks of this "kind of troops" were very, very "conditionally limited" ...
          - They weren’t given weapons at all ...- Interestingly ...- how did the builders at all take the oath ??? -With a shovel at the ready, or what ???
          - And you, Mr. duche (Salih), have already managed to give me a minus ... - probably, and you are led by the "courage of a veteran of the construction battalion troops" ...
          - Personally, I will not put a minus to you ...
          1. Georgievic Offline
            Georgievic (Georgievic) 30 January 2020 09: 55
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            The article writes that the specialists completed the next stage of the promising area of ​​nuclear energy, and you paint here about the construction battalion! Alcohol is poison!
          2. 321 Offline
            321 (321) 30 January 2020 21: 38
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            "That ... now ... now ... now ... then" - it’s very difficult to understand why, or why such a manner of writing, laughing and yet - you’re not yet used to the fact that practically everything is possible in our country — the drunken ensign in the military enlistment office did a trick by sending the boy to the construction battalion for a long time, but the ensign didn’t know that the boy managed to live with his parents a lot, when the grandfathers gathered to educate him, the boy just ran along the almost vertical wall and “grandpa” was very upset, like - it doesn’t matter ... but after such a crawl they disappeared somewhere, especially when several uncles of oriental appearance arrived to the unit many times, well let's call it conditionally, the clan the rest - details. hi
            So anyone could get into the construction battalion ...
          3. duchy Offline
            duchy (Salih) 2 February 2020 19: 37
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            Irina, I’m on the drum, what kind of mathematical sign will you put under my answer, you just express your thoughts in such a way that a strong belief is created that you live on the other side of the ocean, and the achievements of our scientists and builders cause you attacks of rage. A man who has a military dynasty will never write like that, anathema to those who, for the sake of your peaceful coexistence, have given their whole lives to defend the Fatherland. The first experimental reactor was assembled from graphite blocks and fissile material MANUAL our scientists. Do not waste your skepticism and do not spray the poison of slander in public networks. It does not color you. hi
            1. gorenina91 Offline
              gorenina91 (Irina) 3 February 2020 06: 28
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              You express your thoughts in such a way that a strong conviction is created that you live on the other side of the ocean, and the achievements of our scientists and builders cause you attacks of rage.

              - And away we go, and let's go ... - And this was where we had to start ... - this is a "win-win trick" ... -You will support this all at once ...
              - Well, success to you ... in this field ..., the last "true patriot" of Russia ...
              1. duchy Offline
                duchy (Salih) 6 February 2020 18: 05
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                Thanks for the wishes of success. I wish you more specifics and as little verbiage as possible, and this one .... Good luck.
  4. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) 31 January 2020 12: 41
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    - It is difficult to understand the reasoning (and whether it is worth doing) of the "Stroibat" on "Russian nuclear energy" ...
    - Well, it is clear .. that - "Do not renounce from prison and from sumy" ... - and also do not "denounce" from the construction battalion ... - Although the site audience understood this ... - Yes, nobody and did not deny ... - Who denied this at all ??? - Anything can happen ...
    - But to continue to speak in "white" that it is "red" ... or vice versa - it is already ... from the category ...
    - And the position of the "site builders" is good ... - you can just keep quiet (and creatively sniff) and put down the pros and cons ... - It’s not necessary to broadcast and explain something at all ...
    - Here, judging by the abundance of "pluses" and "minuses" exposed with such agility and without any argument .., you can easily understand the level of development of these "affixed" individuals themselves ... -There you don’t have to blame on the "drunken ensign "- as long as there are no brains ...
    - And when there are no brains, then it's time to talk about "Russian nuclear energy" ... - Yes, let it be at least the nonsense of "drunken ensign" ... - it does not matter ... - It will always be supported by a whole crowd of adherents of this " drunken ensign "... - And judging by the abundance of" pluses "and" minuses "- this happens ...
    - It remains only to be horrified, this abundance of pros and cons; at the same time horrified by the fact that in the real industrial and economic life of Russia such adherents of “drunken ensign” may also appear ... which is already much worse and worse ...
    - Most likely, this is the way it is ... in the Russian economy and, in particular, in the Russian Atomic Energy ... these "pluses" and "minuses" can cause so much harm and irreparable harm .. that let all of these the "pluses" and "minus ones" triumph only here ... here ... here ... here on the site ... and do not go beyond ... - Well, it is better that way .. than ....... .........
    - Not everywhere it is possible to transfer arrows so successfully to “drunken ensign” ...
    1. 321 Offline
      321 (321) 31 January 2020 22: 21
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      As expected, there was no response to "such and such ...", moreover, the second series began - "here and there" ... laughing bully laughing