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December 11, 2008

Mtg: Nuclear Energy Update

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TUESDAY January 13, 2009
OEB Power & Energy Chapter, with Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Chapter
Speaker: Jasmina Vujic, Professor and Chair, Nuclear Engineering Department, UC-Berkeley
Time: Registration and Networking at 5:00 PM; Announcements and Presentation at 6:00 PM
Cost: $15 for PES or NPSS members, $20 for non-members (includes one drink ticket and lite food items)
Place: Scottâ??s Seafood Bar & Grill, in Jack London Square, 2 Broadway, Oakland
RSVP: by email to rsvp@oebpes.org or call 510-455-4689
Web: ewh.ieee.org/r6/oeb/pes

This talk will discuss the existing technical challenges and opportunities that require a long-term strategy in building research capabilities and teaming among international and national laboratories, universities and industry to fully achieve the global sustainable nuclear energy benefits.? At the beginning of the 21st century the world is facing considerable energy and environmental challenges.? Almost one-third of the worldâ??s population does not have access to electricity.? Fossil fuels are the major source of energy today, and will continue to be in the future, unless more environment-friendly and sustainable sources of electricity are available.? Developed countries are concerned about energy security and energy independence.? Nuclear energy will play a significant and increasing role in the worldâ??s energy mix.? However, several obstacles must be overcome, including safe disposal of spent fuel and proliferation prevention.
In an unprecedented action, the directors of all ten national laboratories in the U.S. prepared a position paper on â??A Sustainable Energy Future: The Essential Role of Nuclear Energy??? in August 2008 for U.S. policy makers, which states their joint recommendations regarding specific near-term actions as well as a coherent long-term strategy.? The United States needs to urgently extend the life of its existing nuclear plants, build new plants, and implement further cost improvements in the near future.? Recycling of spent fuel and development of advanced fuel cycles must also be aggressively pursued, together with the development of advanced Generation IV reactors, in order to assure uninterrupted worldwide fuel supply and effective waste management.? Research and development in advanced safeguards will be emphasized, and expertise will be rebuilt across industry, national laboratories and academia.

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