Radiological impact of an intense fusion economy

T. Hamacher (Corresponding Author), Riitta Korhonen, K. Aquilonius, H. Cabal, B. Hallberg, Y. Lechón, S. Lepicard, R.M. Sáez, T. Schneider, D. Ward

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The radiological impact of an intense fusion economy, a 1000 GW operating capacity for a 1000 years, were investigated regarding the isotopes 14C and tritium. Both isotopes participate in global material cycles, the carbon and the water cycle. If a retention time of 10 000 years is assumed for the stored waste, 14C emissions from the repositories dominate the radiation impacts. While the cumulated collective doses over a long term period are rather high and according to the discount rate selected would lead to significant external costs, the individual doses are small compared with the doses associated with the natural background radiation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1037-1042
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Publication statusPublished - 2001
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed
Event21st Symposium on Fusion Technology, SOFT-21 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 11 Sept 200015 Sept 2000


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