P5_1 Can the UK feasibly be powered solely by one nuclear power station?

Billy Peacock, Alfred Hopkinson, Jack Weston, Matthew Logan, Archie Page


The United Kingdom consumed 300 TWh of electricity in 2018 which came from a variety of sources. We calculated the mass of nuclear fuel one nuclear power station would need to power the UK for one year, for a typical nuclear reactor and a modern reactor. For a standard reactor this gave a total mass of 850 metric tonnes of uranium, this is equivalent to 34 standard nuclear power plants. Whereas it needed 650 tonnes of uranium for a modern reactor, equivalent to 25 standard reactors. It was found that one very large nuclear reactor is not a feasible answer to the energy needs of the country due to the high costs of maintaining the reactor and buying fuel.

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