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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.
Executive Session|Panel|Sponsored by Executive Track
Friday, December 3, 2021|10:00–11:45AM EST |International Ballroom East
Kaushik Banerjee (Nuclear Sciences Division, Pacific Northwest National Lab)
Jun Jian Siu
While nuclear waste policy remains a hotly debated topic in Washington and the states, the U.S. Department of Energy continues its work developing the technical underpinnings of a comprehensive and nationally integrated nuclear waste management system. The DOE and its national laboratories are developing consent-based waste management facility siting processes, building a national transportation infrastructure for large-scale nuclear waste transportation, and creating innovative tools and technologies for integrated system support through extended storage, subsequent transportation, and final disposal. The panelists will discuss various DOE-sponsored activities, including consent-based siting approaches; system analyses to evaluate the integrated approach for transport, storage, and disposal; investigation of interim storage options and facility designs; planning for transportation of radioactive materials with stakeholder interactions (including states and tribes); and prototype railcar development and testing.
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