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Human Factors, Instrumentation & Controls
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Conference on Nuclear Training and Education: A Biennial International Forum (CONTE 2023)
February 6–9, 2023
Amelia Island, FL|Omni Amelia Island Resort
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Nuclear energy: enabling production of food, fiber, hydrocarbon biofuels, and negative carbon emissions
In the 1960s, Alvin Weinberg at Oak Ridge National Laboratory initiated a series of studies on nuclear agro-industrial complexes1 to address the needs of the world’s growing population. Agriculture was a central component of these studies, as it must be. Much of the emphasis was on desalination of seawater to provide fresh water for irrigation of crops. Remarkable advances have lowered the cost of desalination to make that option viable in countries like Israel. Later studies2 asked the question, are there sufficient minerals (potassium, phosphorous, copper, nickel, etc.) to enable a prosperous global society assuming sufficient nuclear energy? The answer was a qualified “yes,” with the caveat that mineral resources will limit some technological options. These studies were defined by the characteristic of looking across agricultural and industrial sectors to address multiple challenges using nuclear energy.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021|10:00–11:30AM EDT
There’s lots of talk lately about pairing nuclear power with wind and solar for a carbon free energy future. Many political 'leaders' call for phase-out of fossil fuels and favors to unreliable electricity providers to mitigate climate change. But is that the correct goal? According to the OFRA/CRED International Disaster Database, climate-related deaths have declined 10-fold over the past 100 years, mainly in countries with sufficient energy to build resilient structures and to enable immediate medical response when disasters strike followed by robust economic recovery.
Let’s shift the focus from reducing energy consumption to addressing the needs of billions of people who, for lack of cheap and reliable fuels, are the most vulnerable. Our standard of living increased dramatically with use of energy dense fossil fuels that powered the industrial revolution. We need to take the next step, toward emission-free nuclear, the most energy dense and reliable fuel available.
We will examine the question, how will nuclear help us accomplish CE3D.
Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, PhDANS President 2020-2021
Mark P. MillsSenior Fellow, Manhattan InstituteFaculty Fellow, Northwestern University McCormick School of EngineeringStrategic Partner, Montrose Lane
Michael ShellenbergerAuthor "Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All"Environmental ProgressPresident
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