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NUCLEAR POWER TODAY Michael W. Golay Professor of Nuclear Engineering Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 02139
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GOALS • To Understand the Situation and Prospects of the Nuclear Power Enterprise Within the Overall Energy Context – Domestically – Internationally
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NUCLEAR POWER TECHNOLOGIES GOALS OF NUCLEAR POWER DISCUSSION: To Answer the Following Questions • Who used nuclear power today? Answer: Most industrialized countries. • Who is likely to use nuclear power in the future? Answer: East Asian and developing countries, countries wanting energy supply diversity. What are the important nuclear power technologies – Today? Answer: LWRs – pressurized and boiling water reactors. – Future? Answer: Maybe LWRs near term, gas-cooled reactors medium term, breeder reactors long term. • How could nuclear power relieve global warming? Answer: Most likely with large-scale, high-temperature breeder reactors. • What are the future prospects for nuclear power? Answer: That depends upon how concerned people are about the problems of other energy technologies.
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TYPES OF STEAM-ELECTRIC GENERATING PLANTS Fossil fuel, Nuclear BWR, Nuclear PWR, Nuclear LMFBR Diagram removed for copyright reasons.
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TYPES OF STEAM-ELECTRIC GENERATING PLANTS Four diagrams removed for copyright reasons. Fossil fuel, Nuclear BWR, Nuclear PWR, Nuclear LMFBR
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WORLDWIDE • About 440 Reactors Operating • Source of 17% of Worldwide Electricity • Source of 25% of Electricity in Industrial Countries • Source of 20% of United States Electricity (103 Reactors) • Effective New Plant Moratoria in Most Industrialized Countries • Japan, France Ordering a New Plant Every Few Years • China, Korea, Taiwan Have Been Ordering Frequently
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