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GPS_2008_POWER_Updating_Americas_Nuclear_Power

Date

2008

Abstract

America’s first commercial nuclear reactors began powering the grid in the 1960s, with the most modern designs and equipment available. While these reactors have aged, science and technology have progressed. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has declared that many of these geriatric reactors must be decommissioned, almost all within the next decade. The question remains: how can we respond to this challenge given that reactor energy provides one-fifth of the US electricity supply? New reactor designs, dubbed Generation IV reactors, are considerably more advanced than these aging relics, producing more energy, in a far more reliable and safe design, for less money. This project submits recommendations for four distinct sets of circumstances.

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Power the World

Language

English

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Course

Power the World

Program

Great Problems Seminar

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application/pdf

Updating America's Nuclear Power


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