Value of Spent Fuel

Total value of unused fuel, fission products, and activation products, per tonne of spent fuel — 1000 kg, which produced about 52 Megawatt-electric years (MWe-yr): $71,668,246.68

Spent fuel processing ought to be a profit center, not a cost center.

Prices per gram taken from Wikipedia articles and suppliers' web pages.

A pyroelectric refiner separates spent fuel to four destinations: Anode, Electrolyte, Cathode, and Gas

Fission Products that remain in the Anode Basket


Element
Amount per
tonne of
spent fuel

Value $
per gram
Total Value
$ per tonne
of spent fuel
Cadmium 198.0 g 0.026 5.15
Molybdenum 5.059 kg 0.025 126.48
Niobium 7.06 mg 0.110 0.00
Palladium 2.359 kg 50.000 117,950.00
Rhodium 611.3 g 84.000 51,349.20
Ruthenium 3.465 kg 8.500 29,452.50
Technetium 1.136 kg 0.113 128.37
Zirconium 5.449 kg 1.570 8,554.93
Total 18.277 kg 207,556.32
Fission Products that remain in the Electrolyte


Element
Amount per
tonne of
spent fuel

Value $
per gram
Total Value
$ per tonne
of spent fuel
Antimony 29.06 g 0.006 0.17
Arsenic 0.2982 g 0.001 0.00
Barium 2.776 kg 0.100 277.60
Beryllium 0.229 mg 7.480 0.00
Bromine 31.96 g 0.050 1.60
Caesium 3.680 kg 11.000 40,480.00
Carbon 40.2 μg 0.024 0.00
Cerium(III) 3.607 kg 0.002 7.21
Dysprosium 2.568 g 0.147 0.38
Erbium 0.1055 g 0.450 0.05
Europium 233.4 g 0.260 60.68
Gadolinium 223.6 g 0.030 6.71
Gallium 7.93 μg 0.525 0.00
Germanium 0.9951 g 8.600 8.56
Holmium 0.2892 g 0.500 0.14
Indium 2.892 g 42.000 121.46
Iodine 357.6 g 0.083 29.68
Lanthanum 1.849 kg 0.002 3.70
Lithium 25.7 μg 0.270 0.00
Neodymium(III) 6.143 kg 0.025 153.58
Praseodymium(III) 1.689 kg 0.022 37.16
Promethium 11.02 g 0.000 0.00
Rubidium 524.5 g 12.000 6,294.00
Samarium 1.284 kg 0.004 5.14
Selenium(I) 84.68 g 0.180 15.24
Silver 115.4 g 1.000 115.40
Strontium 1.135 kg 1.000 1,135.00
Tellurium 749.1 g 0.240 179.78
Terbium 4.337 g 0.570 2.47
Thulium 95.4 μg 70.000 0.01
Tin 139.9 g 0.021 2.94
Ytterbium(III) 43.0 μg 14.000 0.00
Yttrium 676.2 g 0.040 27.05
Zinc 9.72 mg 0.033 0.00
Total 25.351 kg 48.965.71
Fission Products that escape as Gases


Element
Amount per
tonne of
spent fuel

Value $
per gram
Total Value
$ per tonne
of spent fuel
Krypton 533 g 0.330 175.89
Tritium 49.11 mg 30000.000 1,473.30
Xenon 8.024 kg 1.200 9,628.80
Total 8.557 kg 11,277.91
Total value of Fission Products per tonne of spent fuel
52.185 kg 267,810.32
Actinides' Daughters that remain in the anode basket


Element
Amount per
tonne of
spent fuel

Value $
per gram
Total Value
$ per tonne
of spent fuel
Lead 30.0 μg 0.002 0.00
Bismuth 1.6 ng 0.023 0.00
Polonium 10.4 pg 28,629,729.730 0.00
Astatine 1.00 pg 0.00
Thalium 10.6 pg 0.480 0.00
Total 30.002 μg 0.00
Actinides' and Daughters that remain in the electrolyte


Element
Amount per
tonne of
spent fuel

Value $
per gram
Total Value
$ per tonne
of spent fuel
Actinium 0.103 μg 0.00
Radium 0.450 μg 110,000.000 0.05
Total 0.553 μg 0.05
Actinides Deposited at the Cathode


Element
Amount per
tonne of
spent fuel

Value $
per gram
Total Value
$ per tonne
of spent fuel
Plutonium 11.420 kg 5,600.000 63,952,000.00
Neptunium 654.6 g 333.000 217,981.80
Curium 64.87 g .00
Americium 936.2 g 7,280.000 6,815,536.00
Thorium 8.678 mg 3.000 .03
Uranium 934.8 kg 0.044 41,131.20
Protactinium 0.587 mg 280.000 .16
Californium 12.7 μg 27,000,000.000 343.17
Berkelium 3.36 ng 185,000,000.000 .62
Francium 1.00 pg .00
Einsteinium 1.00 pg .00
Total 947.88 kg 71,026,992.98
Actinide Daughter that escapes as Gas


Element
Amount per
tonne of
spent fuel

Value $
per gram
Total Value
$ per tonne
of spent fuel
Radon 11.9 pg
Total value of Unused Fuel
947.825 kg 71,026,993.03
Activation Products that remain in the Anode Basket


Element
Amount per
tonne of
spent fuel

Value $
per gram
Total Value
$ per tonne
of spent fuel
Zirconium 237.9 kg 1.570 373,503.00
Niobium 0.857 mg 0.111 0.00
Technetium 1.15 mg 0.113 0.00
Rhodium 1.11 pg 84.000 0.00
Molybdenum 80.3 g 0.025 2.01
Ruthenium 0.1 mg 8.500 0.00
Palladium 1.00 pg 50.000 0.00
Total 237.9 kg 373,503.00
Activation Products that remain in the Electrolyte


Element
Amount per
tonne of
spent fuel

Value $
per gram
Total Value
$ per tonne
of spent fuel
Strontium 329 mg 1.000 0.33
Yttrium 24.8 mg 0.040 0.00
Total 353.8 mg 0.33
Activation Products that escape as Gas


Element
Amount per
tonne of
spent fuel

Value $
per gram
Total Value
$ per tonne
of spent fuel
Hydrogen 12.7 mg
Helium 16.3 mg
Total Value of Activation Products
per tonne of spent fuel


Element
Amount per
tonne of
spent fuel

Value $
per gram
Total Value
$ per tonne
of spent fuel
Total 237.9 kg 373,503.33
Total value of Unused Fuel
Fission Products
and Activation Products per tonne of spent fuel


Material
Amount per
tonne of
spent fuel
Total Value
$ per tonne of
spent fuel
Unused Fuel 947.815 kg 71,026,993.03
Fission Products 52.185 kg 267,810.32
Activation Products 237.9 kg 373,503.33
Total 1,237.9 kg 71,668,246.68

Activation products consist primarily of fuel-pin cladding.