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Uranium and Thorium

  • Roger James Kuhns
  • George H. Shaw
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Abstract

Nuclear energy relies on uranium resources, and the production of electricity from this fuel source is applicable to centralized power stations, military naval vessels, and to a lesser extent small-scale microgrid applications. However, the nuclear power industry is the most subsidized form of energy and therefore least economic. Additionally there are public concerns about safety, waste disposal, and possible terrorist attacks directed at power plants. Nuclear energy is a small part of a comprehensive sustainable energy policy due to the existence of plants operating through the midterm of the transition to a clean energy economy.

Keywords

Nuclear Uranium Thorium Breeder Waste disposal Electricity Resources Reserves Conventional 

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger James Kuhns
    • 1
  • George H. Shaw
    • 2
  1. 1.SustainAudit, LLCMysticUSA
  2. 2.Geology DepartmentUnion CollegeSchenectadyUSA

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