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Nuclear: A Nonrenewable Energy Type

Paul F. Meier

in The Changing Energy Mix: A Systematic Comparison of Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780190098391
eISBN:
9780190098421
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190098391.003.0005
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Sustainability

With the exception of nuclear submarines and some military applications, nuclear energy is only used to generate electricity. In the United States, uranium and plutonium are the fuels of choice, ... More


Nuclear Power Generation

Peter Rez

in The Simple Physics of Energy Use

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198802297
eISBN:
9780191840708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198802297.003.0005
Subject:
Physics, Geophysics, Atmospheric and Environmental Physics

The primary advantage of nuclear power is that a lot of energy can be generated from very little material—that too with no ongoing CO2 production. The disadvantage is the problem of dealing with ... More


Choices

Robert Pool

in Beyond Engineering: How Society Shapes Technology

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195107722
eISBN:
9780197561027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195107722.003.0010
Subject:
Environmental Science, Social Impact of Environmental Issues

During the 1940s and early 1950s, when atomic energy was new, it was common to hear reactors described as nuclear “furnaces.” They “burned” their nuclear fuel and left ... More


Business

Robert Pool

in Beyond Engineering: How Society Shapes Technology

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195107722
eISBN:
9780197561027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195107722.003.0008
Subject:
Environmental Science, Social Impact of Environmental Issues

In January 1975, the magazine Popular Electronics trumpeted the beginnings of a revolution. “Project Breakthrough,” the cover said: “World’s First Minicomputer Kit to ... More


The Power of Ideas

Robert Pool

in Beyond Engineering: How Society Shapes Technology

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195107722
eISBN:
9780197561027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195107722.003.0007
Subject:
Environmental Science, Social Impact of Environmental Issues

When Edison introduced his new-fangled electric-lighting system, he found a receptive audience. The public, the press, and even his competitors— with the possible ... More


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