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# Nuclear Fuel Energy and CO2 Balance Calculator

(last updated 16 Feb 2016)
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Calculate material, energy, and CO2 emission balance for the front end of the nuclear fuel chain.

Enter a value into any one field of the flow chart and click the "Calculate" button below.     HELP
"t" means metric tonne.

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 Uranium Mine –> t Waste Rock | t Uranium Ore (= t U) | Uranium Mill –> t tailings solids m3 tailings liquid | t U3O8 (= t U) | Conversion Plant –> t solid waste m3 liquid waste | t UF6 (nat) (= t U) | Enrichment Plant SWU –> t UF6 (depleted) (= t U) | t UF6 (enriched) (= t U) | Fuel Fabrication Plant –> m3 solid waste m3 liquid waste | t UO2 (= t U) | Nuclear Power Plant –> t spent fuel | Electricity Production GWhe ( = GWae)

Energy ConsumptionCO2 Emission
Fossil FuelElectricityfrom
fossil fuel
from
electricity
Total
[TJ]= [GWhth][GWhe][t][t][t]
Mining
Milling
Conversion
Enrichment
Fuel Fabrication
Total

## Charts

### Contribution of energy forms to energy consumption and emissions

Process Parameters
Ore Deposit Waste/Ore Ratio:  ·  Ore Grade: wt-% U
Mill Extraction Losses: %
Solids in tailings effluent: wt-%
Conversion Losses: %
Solid waste: t per t U  ·  Liquid waste: m3 per t U
Enrichment Product Assay: wt-% U-235  ·  Tails Assay: wt-% U-235
Fuel Fabrication Losses: %
Solid waste: m3 per t U  ·  Liquid waste: m3 per t U
Power Plant Fuel Burnup: GWd/t U  ·  Efficiency: %

Energy Consumption Parameters
Fossil FuelElectricity
Mining MJ per t ore
MJ per t waste rock
kWhe per t ore
kWhe per t waste rock
Milling MJ per t ore kWhe per t ore
Conversion MJ per kg U kWhe per kg U
Enrichment MJ per SWU kWhe per SWU
Fuel Fabrication MJ per kg U kWhe per kg U

Emission Parameters
Fossil FuelElectricity
CO2 t per TJ t per GWhe