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Members focus on the dissemination of knowledge and information in the area of power reactors with particular application to the production of electric power and process heat. The division sponsors meetings on the coverage of applied nuclear science and engineering as related to power plants, non-power reactors, and other nuclear facilities. It encourages and assists with the dissemination of knowledge pertinent to the safe and efficient operation of nuclear facilities through professional staff development, information exchange, and supporting the generation of viable solutions to current issues.
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.
Richard M. Ambrosi, Daniel P. Kramer, Emily Jane Watkinson, Ramy Mesalam, Alessandra Barco
Nuclear Technology | Volume 207 | Number 6 | June 2021 | Pages 773-781
Technical Paper | doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2021.1888616
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Radioisotope power systems (RPSs) have transformed our ability to explore the solar system. RPSs have been in existence for almost seven decades. Most missions have utilized 238Pu as the radioisotope of choice to generate electrical power and to produce heat for the operation and thermal management of spacecraft systems. In Europe, for the past decade 241Am has been selected for RPS research programs. This paper hypothesizes that the inclusion of small quantities of relatively short-lived radioisotopes such as 232U and 244Cm, particularly when dealing with long-lived radioisotope 241Am, could have beneficial implications for future RPS designs. This paper focuses on the thermal output implications and impact on system-level design. The authors recognize that the selection of any new or modified radioisotope heat source material will require extensive research on fuel form stability, the radiological impact, cost of production, containment, and launch safety considerations.