A report in the U.S. Department of Energy asserted that the oceans comprise more than four billion tonnes of uranium, enough to keep our cities glowing for:
“the next 10,000 years.”
But, the sole issue is the extraction of the uranium in the oceans. The Japanese scientists neared uranium mining that was successful . They developed an adsorbent material that was customized to hold molecules
Across America, the DoE requested the scientists in its effort to discover a method to extract uranium in the ocean to collaborate and find an alternative that was viable.
After five years of constant study, the researchers have developed adsorbent fibers that were unique to extract uranium. They’ve basically built upon the concept of the Japanese scientists. This stuff makes uranium extraction cost effective by reducing the costs that are incurred !
Braided polyethylene fibers are used by the adsorbent material. Amidoxime brings uranium dioxide, which makes it stick to the fibers. Uranium is gathered as uranyl ions via an acidic treatment. The uranyl ions need additional processing before their use as a fuel in nuclear power plants.
The study was printed in amp & Industrial; Engineering Chemistry Research journal.
Phillip Britt, Office Manager of Chemical Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory considers:
“For nuclear power to remain a sustainable energy source, an economically viable and secure source of nuclear fuel must be available. This special journal issue captures the dramatic successes that have been made by researchers across the world to make the oceans live up to their vast promise for a secure energy future.”
The uranium extraction from ocean must be made more cost effective and efficient in order for it to be utilized as a substitute fuel source.