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Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century: World Nuclear University Press Paperback – September 22, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0123736222 ISBN-10: 0123736226 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 133 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 1 edition (September 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123736226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123736222
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,704,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ian Hore-Lacy guides the reader expertly through the many complexities of nuclear energy. This is an invaluable resource for anyone wishing to distinguish fact from myth and to gain understanding in this crucial field.” - Hans Blix, Chancellor, World Nuclear University, and Director General-Emeritus, International Atomic Energy Agency

Book Description

The most up-to-date information on nuclear energy and the production of electrical energy presented by an international authority.

More About the Author

Ian Hore-Lacy is Director for Public Information with the World Nuclear Association, an international trade association based in London. His function is primarily focused on public information on nuclear power via the Web: www.world-nuclear.org > Public Information Service.

He is author of Nuclear Electricity, the tenth edition of which was published in 2012 by the World Nuclear University as Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century (3rd end under that title).

His particular interests range from the technical to the ethical and theological aspects of mineral resources and their use, especially nuclear power. He has written several books on mining, environmental, economic and related issues, the latest non-nuclear one being Responsible Dominion - a Christian approach to Sustainable Development, published in 2006 by Regent College Press.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 30, 2008
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Ian Hore-Lacy has written a brilliant introduction to nuclear power in "Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century". The book is written for a generalist audience with an interest in nuclear energy issues. It is both comprehensible and comprehensive, a very difficult task given the complexity of the subject matter. The book is extremely well illustrated, and always provides all necessary background information before delving into deeper subjects: a firm foundation is provided for any reader regardless of their previous knowledge level about nuclear energy.

The book discusses energy demands of the future and the potential role of nuclear power in meeting those demands. The nuclear fuel cycle is fully explained from mining uranium through disposal of high level nuclear waste. Hore-Lacy's presentations argue powerfully for the use of nuclear power without overt editorialization: he lets the science speak for itself. Nuclear safety features and technological improvements in different reactor types from common Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) and Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) designs, to very obscure lead-bismuth and the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) currently in development are emphasized. Safety on a global level is also a theme of the book, both in explaining the dramatic effect nuclear energy has on lowering greenhouse emissions, as well as containing nuclear material proliferation, with particular emphasis on returning nuclear weapon reactants to use in the civilian electricity production network of the US and Russia.

The book is filled with helpful charts and illustrations, as well as useful appendices and glossaries. One of the most useful references is on page 155, which shows the radioactive decay and half-lives of the uranium, thorium, and actinium series elements.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By S. Duval on March 24, 2009
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This book is extremely well written with lots of pictures and charts.

The first chapter deals with energy sources and demand. It points out that electricity is the most useful form of energy and demand for electricity is growing faster than demand for energy.

The second chapter deals with demand and supply for electricity given that it is extremely difficult and expensive to store. Within a day there can be a 20% variation in the demand and different fuels/sources are used to supply base load, and peak load demand. Coal and nuclear supply base load and gas turbines provide peak load. Renewables, such as solar and wind, are not suitable for either base load or peak load because they are intermittent ie they are available when the wind blows or the sun shines rather than all the time (base load) or when everyone wants electricity at the same time (peak load). There is a comparison of coal and nuclear for producing electricity. There is a comparison of the cost of electricity from various fuels in different countries and for the US over time.

Chapter three deals with nuclear power. How many nuclear reactors are there in the world and where are they. How much uranium is there in the world and where is it located. What is the physics of a reactor. How are reactors controlled.

Chapter four deals with the production of enriched uranium which serves as fuel. Uranium ore contains .7% U235 and 99.3% U238. Enriched U is 3% U235. Nuclear bomb grade uranium is 90% U235. This chapter includes a description of advanced reactors including passive safety systems which work without operator intervention or electricity.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By environmental realist on January 29, 2009
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This book by the World Nuclear University Press is a terrifically well crafted primer on the whole topic of nuclear energy and other nuclear technologies. For someone interested in facts, not ideology, this is a fine piece of literature. I am told that the WNU uses this book as a background text in its annual 6-week summer programme in Oxford which is designed to develop a cadre of responsible future leaders for the global nuclear industry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pete the Geek on February 20, 2010
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I agree this is one of the best, and most current, over-views of nuclear energy I have ever read. The fact that Ian Hore-Lacy includes the "front-end" and "back-end" of the nuclear fuel cycle is enlightening. Could I be so bold as to make (2) recommendations for improvement ? One - The statement on page 104 "The Viking and Rover landers on Mars depended on RTG power sources....." is not true. The existing, currently residing on Mars, Rovers Opportunity and Spirit are powered by solar energy ( however future versions are indeed planned to be nuclear powered ). Two - please check the grammer within the last sentence in the 2nd paragraph on page 79 .... "In future reprocessing is likely also to remove the long-lived transuranic elements.....". Other than these (2) small complaints - great job Ian and World Nuclear University Press.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. T. Mansfield on August 4, 2010
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The general public has such a warped view of energy from nuclear reactors. This book is well written and presents an accurate picture of what is going on currently with the new generation nuclear reactors and the handling of nuclear waste. It should be required reading.
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