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LIVE INTERACTIVE LEARNING @ YOUR DESKTOP. Green Power for a Digital World Presented by: Natalie Wood and Marvin Fertel. January 25, 2012. Nuclear Energy: Green Power for a Digital World. Why do we need electricity?. Inscription above the entrance to Union Station in Washington DC:

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  1. LIVE INTERACTIVE LEARNING @ YOUR DESKTOP Green Power for a Digital World Presented by: Natalie Wood and Marvin Fertel January 25, 2012

  2. Nuclear Energy: Green Power for a Digital World

  3. Why do we need electricity? Inscription above the entrance to Union Station in Washington DC: “Fire - Greatest of discoveries, enabling man to live in various climates, use many foods and compel the forces of nature to do his work. Electricity – Carrier of light and power, devourer of time and space, bearer of human speech over land and sea, greatest servant of man – itself unknown.”

  4. Heat Neutrons Nuclear Energy Comes from Fission 4

  5. How It Works

  6. Fuel Equivalents 3 barrels of oil, 126 gallons 1 ton of coal, 2000 lbs 1 Uranium fuel pellet Each of these fuels powers a home for ~75 days 5,000 lbs of wood 17,000 ft3 of natural gas

  7. The Clean Truth about Nuclear Nuclear 0 Natural Gas 150 Coal 271 Oil 222 Greenhouse Gas Emissions (in equivalents) 7

  8. Jobs at a Nuclear Power Plant • Administration • Engineering • Fuel Supply • Operations • Maintenance • Radiological Protection • Regulatory Affairs • Security • Training

  9. Questions from the audience.

  10. America’s Nuclear Energy Industryafter Fukushima Marvin Fertel President and CEO Nuclear Energy Institute National Nuclear Science Week January 25, 2012

  11. Nuclear Energy Makes a Difference • Provides one-fifth of U.S. electricity • Demand for electricity increasing, even with efficiencies • Powers digital lifestyle • Growth in computing power • Nuclear energy facilities operate 24/7 to provide electricity when people need it 11

  12. Good for the Environment • No CO2 in generation of nuclear energy, protecting environment and health • 70% of carbon-free electricity • Plant sites are havens for protected species of wildlife and plants • Nuclear energy companies are recognized for work protecting our wetlands 12

  13. Safe Operation • Nuclear energy facilities protected by multiple layers of safety systems • Radiation safeguards • Plant security • Defense in depth • Plants must adhere to the strict regulations of the independent U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission 13

  14. Layer Upon Layer of Safety 14

  15. Earthquake, Tsunami Hit Japan • On March 11, 2011 a magnitude 9 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan • All nuclear power plants shut down safely • A massive tsunami—about 45 feet high—hit the east coast • At Fukushima Daiichi, the tsunami knocked out electricity for cooling systems that keep the fuel from overheating • Critical electrical equipment at Fukushima Daiichi plant was destroyed 15

  16. After the Accident… • About 80,000 people evacuated or relocated • Efforts underway to support return of people to their homes and businesses • Extensive monitoring of citizens and environment for radiation • Health studies planned by Japanese and international organizations 16

  17. The Aftermath of the Accident in Japan • Global implications as countries seek to implement lessons learned from Fukushima • U.S. companies took action immediately to help Japan and review safety at U.S. plants • Evaluation of how to make facilities even safer in coping with extreme events like floods and earthquakes 17

  18. U.S. Industry Actions • Verified equipment, procedures and staffing are capable of mitigating extreme events • Enhanced capability to protect spent fuel storage pools against extreme external events • Assessed effectiveness of reactor operator training • Improving ability to cope with an extended loss of electric power • Assessing additional instrumentation for monitoring spent fuel storage pools 18

  19. 2012 Outlook • Safe plant operations, including incorporation of safety enhancements from Fukushima lessons learned • Construction continues on five reactors • Small reactor programs will pursue NRC licensing • U.S. companies will work with the government to strengthen participation in the $500-plus billion global nuclear construction market • Strong bipartisan support continues as nuclear provides jobs and reliable, affordable low-carbon electricity 19

  20. For More Information • Nuclear Energy Institute (www.nei.org) • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (www.nrc.gov) • U.S. Department of Energy (www.energy.gov) • International Atomic Energy Agency (www.iaea.org) • American Nuclear Society (www.ans.org) • Health Physics Society (www.hps.org) • Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (http://www.nisa.meti.go.jp/english) • Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (www.jaif.or.jp/english) • Tokyo Electric Power Company (http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/index-e.html) 20

  21. Questions?

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  23. National Science Teachers Association Dr. Francis Q. Eberle, Executive Director Zipporah Miller, Associate Executive Director Conferences and Programs Al Byers, Assistant Executive Director e-Learning NSTA Web Seminars Paul Tingler, Director Jeff Layman, Technical Coordinator Brynn Slate, Program Coordinator LIVE INTERACTIVE LEARNING @ YOUR DESKTOP

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