Nuclear Renaissance: Technologies and Policies for the Future of Nuclear Power

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CRC Press, Dec 31, 2004 - Science - 336 pages
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With growing concerns over environmental issues and global energy consumption, there is increasing interest in nuclear power generation, despite its diminished role in the West over the last few decades. Many of those involved with nuclear power and environmental agencies see controlled expansion of nuclear plants as the most environmentally friendly way of meeting growing energy demands.

Nuclear Renaissance: Technologies and Policies for the Future of Nuclear Power examines the future of nuclear power in the contexts of economics, environmental sustainability, and security of electricity supplies. A range of future technologies is considered, illustrating the technical challenges and opportunities facing nuclear power.

This semi-technical overview of modern technologies meets the growing interest from scientists, environmentalists, and governments in the potential expansion of nuclear power. Various countries are starting to announce plans for new nuclear plants, either to replace those being decommissioned or to provide additional power. Many commentators regard this renaissance as just beginning.

Nuclear Renaissance: Technologies and Policies for the Future of Nuclear Power is essential reading for physicists, engineers, policy-makers, researchers, energy analysts and graduate students in energy sciences, engineering and public policy.
 

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Contents

The nuclear renaissance an introduction
1
THE POLICY LANDSCAPE
11
Issues in energy policy
13
Nuclear electricity generation
25
Nuclear waste management
79
NUCLEAR FISSION TECHNOLOGIES
121
Watercooled reactors
123
Hightemperature gascooled reactors
158
Generation IV
216
NUCLEAR FUSION TECHNOLOGIES
239
Fusion an introduction
241
Magnetic confinement fusion future technologies
275
Inertial confinement fusion
289
Afterword
305
Index
313
Copyright

Nuclear waste burners
183

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