Nuclear Power for Sustainable Development: Current Status and Future Prospects

  • In recent years there has been a resurgence in nuclear power- why now?
    • A global desire to diversify fuel sources, reduce dependence on fossil fuel imports, and develop immunity to power disruptions.
    • The desire to combat of volatile fuel costs due to the low dependence of the price of nuclear-produced kilowatt-hours on the price of uranium.
  • Dealing with climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions especially that from CO2.
  • A desire to decrease air pollution by taking advantage of the virtually 0 pollutant emitting nuclear power plants.
  • A way to pave the future for a transition into a hydrogen economy.   (p.5150)

Resources:

Adamantiades, A. and I. Kessides. “Nuclear Power for Sustainable Development: Current Status and Future Prospects.” Energy Policy, vol. 37, no. 12, Dec. 2009, pp. 5149-5166. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2009.07.052.

Leave a Reply

St. Lawrence University