Global Laser Enrichment
To enhance our ability to better serve our nuclear energy customers through expanded nuclear fuel services, Global Laser Enrichment (GLE) is developing uranium enrichment services capability. As the nuclear energy industry expands globally and the demand for enriched uranium increases, GLE is planning a consistent and secure source of uranium enrichment services.
GLE is implementing a phased approach to commercializing the laser enrichment technology with three key stages: completion of a test loop; construction of the initial commercial cascade; and finally, construction of a full-scale commercial production facility.
GEH plans to deploy a commercial enrichment facility in the near future, with an increase of approximately one million SWU per year thereafter. The initial commercial cascade would then be expanded in modules to a larger commercial facility, with an expected capacity of 3.5 to 6 million SWU per year.
Third-Generation Enrichment Technology - Uranium hexafluoride is vaporized into a gaseous form and exposed to a laser beam that preferentially excites the 235-UF6 isotope, which enables separation of natural uranium into enriched and depleted uranium. The process operation, while technically complex, is potentially more efficient than existing second-generation centrifuge enrichment technology.