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With the nuclear factor again at the time table world wide, this hugely topical assortment steers a course throughout the controversies, featuring the perspectives of proponents of nuclear enlargement, studying the demanding situations that face them and exploring the arguments of these who aid replacement approaches.
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6 billion) had been spent on research and development (Flood, 1988), but the Prototype Fast Reactor operated only intermittently from 1974 to 1994. Germany pulled out of its own $5 billion Kalkar fast reactor project in 1991, and the troubled and unreliable French 1240 MW Superphenix reactor was closed prematurely in 1998 after costs of around $10 billion. Both the joint European fast reactor research programme and similar Japanese plans to commercialise fast reactors have been repeatedly delayed.
Meanwhile, Canada was going it alone with the novel CANDU reactor, a design using non-enriched uranium (of which the Canadians had plenty) and heavy water as the moderator. The first commercial CANDUs came on stream in 1971 at Pickering, near Toronto (Patterson, 1976). These were significant for being the first reactors designed specifically for power production (with no military or strategic overtones) and for incorporating a number of passive safety features. Unfortunately, cost over-runs on heavy water production seriously tarnished the profitability and image of the CANDU reactors, despite their reliability and high capacity factors.
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