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HOW IT WORKS

Before naturally mined uranium can be used as fuel, it must be enriched to the point where the concentration of one isotope, Uranium-235, is high enough for the fuel to be used in a nuclear reactor.

ETC’s gas centrifuge technology uses highly efficient centrifuges, rotating at high speed. Uranium, converted into a gas, is fed into the centrifuges where it is spun at high speeds. The centrifugal forces inside mean that lighter molecules move to the centre of the centrifuge, while heavier molecules move to the outside. This allows uranium gas with a higher concentration of the lighter molecule to be drawn off.

The process is repeated a number of times to increase the concentration, while depleted gas is drawn off to be recycled in the process. The gas passes through a number of centrifuges in series, known as a cascade. Once the desired concentration is reached, the uranium is processed back into solid form, where it can be transported to a nuclear power plant for processing.

ETC’s gas centrifuge technology

ETC has developed a very efficient and reliable gas centrifuge technology, which has proven its effectiveness over many years of operation. Our technology is proven to be 50 times more energy-efficient than its main alternative, the gas diffusion process. 

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INNOVATION

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

As a company ETC invests 20% of its annual revenue on Research and Development, putting us in the very top tier of companies worldwide for re-investment in innovation.

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NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE

THE PROCESS

ETC’s technology holds a key position in the nuclear fuel cycle – the process by which natural uranium is converted into fuel that can be used in a nuclear reactor to produce power.

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INSIGHT & NEWS

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01 July 2021

ETC Deutschland opens six charging stations for electric vehicles

Six charging stations for electric vehicles are now available at the car park of ETC Deutschland in Jülich. These charging stations are of the type “E.ON Drive eBox”.

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20 May 2021

ETC’s graduate scheme is reaccredited in the UK

ETC’s UK graduate development programme has recently been assessed and successfully re-accredited by its twin accrediting bodies, the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE). This achievement confirms the high quality of ETC’s on-the-job training for young engineers who are beginning their career in the energy industry.

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01 March 2021

ETC launches new website

ETC has today re-launched its website, with a view to providing better insights into the company’s activities for those seeking to further their career with a high-tech leader in energy solutions.

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