Overview of the Science and Technology. Per F. Peterson Professor Department of Nuclear Engineering University of California, Berkeley California Science Center February 23, 2008. Energy from Nuclear Fission. Fission Fuel Energy Density: 8.2 x 10 13 J/kg
Per F. PetersonProfessor
Department of Nuclear Engineering
University of California, Berkeley
California Science Center
February 23, 2008
2005 Global Coal Consumption: 5.4 billion tons
A fuel assembly that will produce energy equivalent to burning 72,000 tons of coal
Nuclear energy produces small volumes of waste which makes it practical to isolate it from the environment.
The potential long-term impact from geologic disposal is limited groundwater contamination, a problem that current public health systems already understand how to manage
The potential incremental impact from Yucca Mountain in the next 1 million years is small
* 2005 Preliminary
Source: Global Energy Decisions / Energy Information Administration
Cents per kwhr
Production Costs = Operations and Maintenance Costs + Fuel Costs
Source: Global Energy Decisions
2000: 4-D computer aided design
and virtual walk-throughs
1978: Plastic models on roll-around carts
McGuire Nuclear Station Reactor Building Models.
1000 MW Reactor (Lianyungang Unit 1)
Current NRC Construction License Review Plan
Source: "Life-Cycle Assessment of Electricity Generation Systems and Applications for Climate Change Policy Analysis," Paul J. Meier, University of Wisconsin-Madison, August, 2002.
Concrete + steel are >95% of construction inputs, and become more expensive in a carbon-constrained economy
1. R.H. Bryan and I.T. Dudley, “Estimated Quantities of Materials Contained in a 1000-MW(e)
PWR Power Plant,” Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TM-4515, June (1974)
2. S. Pacca and A. Horvath, Environ. Sci. Technol., 36, 3194-3200 (2002).
3. P.J. Meier, “Life-Cycle Assessment of Electricity Generation Systems and Applications for
Climate Change Policy Analysis,” U. WisconsinReport UWFDM-1181, August, 2002.