Improvement of system code importing evaluation of Life Cycle Analysis of tokamak fusion power reactors

Hikaru Kobori, Ryuta Kasada, Ryoji Hiwatari, Satoshi Konishi

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Abstract

This study incorporate the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of tokamak type DEMO reactor and following commercial reactors as an extension of a system code to calculate CO2 emissions from reactor construction, operation and decommissioning that is considered as a major environmental cost. Competitiveness of tokamak fusion power reactors is expected to be evaluated by the cost and environmental impact represented by the CO2 emissions, compared with present and future power generating systems such as fossil, nuclear and renewables. Result indicated that (1) The objective of conceptual design of the tokamak fusion power reactor is moved by changing evaluation index. (2) The tokamak fusion reactor can reduce CO2 emissions in the life cycle effectively by reduction of the amount involved in the replacement of internal components. (3) The tokamak fusion reactor achieves under 0.174$/kWh electricity cost, the tokamak fusion reactor is contestable with 1500 degrees-class LNG-fired combined cycle power plant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)760-763
Number of pages4
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Volume109-111
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CO emission
  • LCA
  • System code
  • Tokamak

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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