Centrifuge technology is at the heart of the enrichment process, and the line between its uses for civilian and military purposes is hard to distinguish. Once a country has mastered this technology, the centrifuges can be reconfigured into cascades to either produce fuel for an electricity-generating nuclear reactor or the 25 kilograms of weapon-grade uranium […]
Nuclear energy exhibits great potential as a low-carbon energy source, but carries inherent risks of diversion to weapons-related uses. At its core, the nuclear fuel cycle includes the various industrial processes associated with the production of electricity from uranium in nuclear reactors. However, some of the industrial processes more easily open the door to produce […]
Research Analyst Samuel Hickey spoke with E&E News about the proliferation concerns inherent in fuel reprocessing policy conversations. Foes of reprocessing see similarities between such defunct nuclear designs and some of the advanced reactor technologies now under development. “There are some new designs, but they are not demonstrably greater, so we are still dealing with […]
Research Analyst Erin Connolly spoke to CTV (Canada) about the science behind uranium and what Iran’s renewed enrichment means for U.S. and global security.