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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.
B. Cameron Reed
Nuclear Technology | Volume 208 | Number 12 | December 2022 | Pages 1890-1893
Technical Note | doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2022.2084582
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This technical note offers comments and suggestions regarding four issues involved with the Frisch-Peierls memorandum of 1940: (1) Propagation of transcription errors in subsequent publishings of the memorandum; (2) Data bearing on F&P’s adoption of 10 b as the fission cross section of 235U; (3) The origin of their assertion that the critical radius is about 0.8 times the mean free path for fission if scattering is disregarded; and (4) The origin of a multiplicative factor of 0.2 in their yield formula and the consistency of their calculations.