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When do we run out of uranium? How much is used per year?

  1. Dec 30, 2009 #1
    When do we run out of uranium? How much is used per year? How much is in stock piles? How much is in deposits that we can afford to extract?
     
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  3. Dec 30, 2009 #2

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  4. Jan 1, 2010 #3
    Re: uranium

    Astronuc, thanks. From these I get yearly production 43KT (1000 tones), yearly usage 65KT, reserve at current spot market price 5,500KT. So about 85 years at current rate of use. Current nuclear accounts for 6.5% of world energy per year. If we went say 65% nuclear we would have 8.5 years of reserve. Good thing we do not use much nuclear.

    Yes, there is much more thorium I will look at that next.
     
  5. Jan 1, 2010 #4
    Re: uranium

    Well I thought there was more thorium but I find 2.6x10^6 ton global reserve from
    http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/default.aspx?id=448&terms=thorium [Broken]
    assuming a Kg of U and a Kg of Th are about the same energy yield I would say there is less Th(?). A point of interest is that about 2/3 of the thorium is in India. So from a global point of view there may not be lots of thorium but from an India point of view thorium looks great.
     
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