Status and Prospects of Nuclear Power



I have been asked to lecture on the status and prospects of nuclear power. A few years ago such lectures would have centered around projections of world energy needs and world fuel resources, with nuclear power regarded as the means of filling the energy gaps, limited only by the technological and financial resources limitations of the various nations of the world. Today things have changed. A number of considerations other than economics and technological capability are affecting strongly the deployment of nuclear power plants. I believe my lectures will be more useful and practical if I devote much of my time to those considerations, although I will not ignore completely the subjects of world energy demand, uranium resources, and economics.


Fission Product Fuel Element Fuel Assembly Steam Generator Fuel Cycle 
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    Mid-range value from LWBR Environmental Impact Statement.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Combustion Eng./Inc.WindsorUSA

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