University of Minnesota
**Special Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics/CSDy Seminar**
Spring 2003 Seminar Series



The Future of Nuclear Power and Technology

Prof. Andy Klein, Department Head, Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Health Physics and Director, OSU Radiation Center


Abstract

Nuclear energy is the only large-scale electricity generation technology that is available today in significant quantities that does not emit greenhouse gases. There must be a better way to make electricity than burning fossil fuels, which currently fuels more than 70% of the electricity generation in the U.S. today. The negative impacts of fossil fuel usage for electricity production are well known: production of Greenhouse gases and acid precipitation, a limited supply for the long term, and better uses in transportation, home heating, chemicals, etc.

Twenty percent of U.S. electricity generated by nuclear power and 17% world-wide. There are 103 operating reactors in U.S with the lowest operating cost of all central station electricity generation (except hydro) and over the past two decades the nuclear power industry has developed more efficient operations and have seen significant cost reductions. Technologies already are available to safely and economically build and operate the next generation of reactors, manufacture alternate transportation fuels and generate less long-lived waste and Advanced concepts are being considered to effectively utilize uranium resources for long-term.

This talk will cover a variety of topics including the current state of nuclear affairs, advanced power systems, space applications of nuclear technology, nuclear waste, and other applications of nuclear technology.

Friday, May 9, 2003
131 Physics
10:00-11:00 a.m.


Disability accomodations provided upon request.
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