The case for extended nuclear reactor operation

Szilard, R.; Planchon, P.; Busby, J.
July 2009
JOM: The Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TM;Jul2009, Vol. 61 Issue 7, p24
Academic Journal
Greenhouse gas emission is a mounting problem that threatens the future production of electricity from both coal and natural gas. In 2006, 70% of domestic electricity generation relied upon fossil fuels. Projections by the Energy Information Agency1 show U.S. demand for electricity increasing 30% to 40% by 2030. Today nuclear power is the largest source of non-greenhouse-gas emitting energy generation and will be an important source of energy production in the future. This paper considers potential construction of new plants as well as the long-term prospects of existing nuclear power plants in the United States.


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