Harnessing the power of the atomic nucleus for peaceful purposes was one most of the most astonishing scientific and technological achievements of the past century. Yet, after a few decades of rapid growth in nuclear energy, reliance on this power source stalled due to safety concerns and higher costs.
As the world focuses on the need to reduce CO2 emissions, it is an appropriate time to take a fresh look at the role of nuclear power vs. wind, solar, hydro and other green technologies.
Patrick Sajbel hosts University of Wisconsin Professor emeritus Michael Corradini, a leader in nuclear engineering and engineering physics and co-author with MIT on the interdisciplinary study “The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World”.
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