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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.
Tanmoy Das, R. V. Kolekar, R. K. Gopalakrishnan
Nuclear Technology | Volume 207 | Number 4 | April 2021 | Pages 596-603
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2020.1792754
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The detection and measurement of transuranic activity in ambient air by counting alpha particles is confounded due to the presence of short-lived alpha-emitting isotopes due to radon and thoron. This paper describes an algorithm intended for use in a gross alpha-based continuous air monitor. The algorithm is capable of generating the variation of gross alpha count rate with time from air filter samples using in situ–measured radon progeny data. The required input of atom concentration can be obtained from a simple experimental technique, which is discussed here.