Definition of nuclear fuel in US English:

nuclear fuel


  • A substance that will sustain a fission chain reaction so that it can be used as a source of nuclear energy.

    • ‘He gives documented evidence in his book that if 11 per cent of the arable land was planted with hemp it would replace all dependence on fossil fuels and nuclear fuels, which we know are detrimental to both the human race and the environment.’
    • ‘Fossil and nuclear fuels still completely dominate the U.S. energy supply, as in all industrialized economies.’
    • ‘They already have tons of bomb material that they've gotten from reprocessing their civilian nuclear fuel rods.’
    • ‘I'm going to focus on two aspects of nuclear energy; the carbon dioxide emissions from the nuclear fuel cycle and its very poor economics.’
    • ‘But I think you've got to look at the whole thing in the context of all of the energy inputs required over the whole of the nuclear fuel cycle.’
    • ‘That could cause the nuclear fuel rods to overheat and produce a steam explosion that could release lethal radioactivity into the atmosphere.’
    • ‘Russia no longer treats these burnable absorbers as part of the spent nuclear fuel and considers them radioactive waste.’
    • ‘The reality is that fossil fuels are finite and nuclear fuels are far too dangerous and deadly to fit into our definition of sustainable.’
    • ‘No sensible Australian energy policy can afford to ignore it, nor the nuclear fuel cycle upon which it depends.’
    • ‘The research is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and focuses on developing nuclear fuels that are better at conducting heat than conventional fuels.’
    • ‘The nuclear fuel for such a reactor could be made in Springfield, near Preston, or in France.’
    • ‘They are in an alarmingly poor state of repair, but the spent nuclear fuel is still loaded in their reactors.’
    • ‘Although nuclear fuels themselves may be stored, the electricity produced from them cannot be stored directly.’
    • ‘Otherwise, a switch by one member state away from coal towards a reliance on oil or nuclear fuels would throw out all of the calculations for coal production.’
    • ‘The nuclear fuel reprocessing and waste storage market is about to become much more competitive.’
    • ‘The communist country could possess some nuclear weapons within a few months if it reprocessed its spent nuclear fuel rods.’
    • ‘The problem arises because of the complexity of the nuclear fuel rod reprocessing process.’
    • ‘We do not want to be scaremongers, but we want people to see that this is a real threat and that there are alternatives to nuclear fuels and they are available now.’
    • ‘Secondly, the USA claimed satellite photographs had revealed the existence of a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant.’
    • ‘Indeed, the use of nuclear fuels for energy and the deposition of correctly packaged waste forms hundreds of metres underground will, over time, decrease Earth's background radiation field at surface level.’


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