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Underground Nuclear Energy Complexes: Technical and Economic Advantages

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Jay F. Kunze, James M. Mahar, Kellen M. Giraud

Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID

C. Wes Myers

Consultant, Los Alamos, NM

Paper No. IMECE2010-39458, pp. 493-498; 6 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 5: Energy Systems Analysis, Thermodynamics and Sustainability; NanoEngineering for Energy; Engineering to Address Climate Change, Parts A and B
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4429-8
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Underground nuclear power plant parks have been projected to be economically feasible compared to above ground installations. This paper includes a thorough cost analysis of the savings, compared to above ground facilities, resulting from in-place entombment (decommissioning) of facilities at the end of their life, reduced costs of security for the lifetime of the various facilities in the underground park, reduced transportation costs, and reduced costs in the operation of the waste storage complex (also underground), compared to the fair share of the costs of operating a national waste repository.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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