Advanced Nuclear Energy Concepts for a Safe, Sustainable, Carbon-Free Future

Sunday, February 21, 2010: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM
Room 9 (San Diego Convention Center)
The public's acceptance of nuclear power has increased in recent years. However, several issues remain that, in the mind of the public and policy-makers, still present significant barriers to the further penetration of nuclear energy into the global marketplace. Among these, the most prominent are safety, sustainability, nuclear waste, and nuclear proliferation. Recently, concepts have been advanced that, if technically and commercially feasible, would greatly mitigate many, if not all, of these concerns. These concepts range from the creation of international nuclear fuel banks and waste disposal sites to potentially game-changing, disruptive technologies such as traveling wave reactors and hybrid fusion-fission energy schemes. This symposium will explore the technical feasibility of such advanced concepts as well as the societal and global policy implications of these schemes. A moderated panel discussion of global energy and nuclear power experts will explore the gaps in making these technologies a reality and key steps required to make progress toward safe, sustainable nuclear energy that minimizes nuclear waste disposal and nuclear proliferation concerns.
Organizer:
Tomas Diaz de la Rubia, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Co-Organizer:
Robert Rosner, University of Chicago
Moderator:
Richard A. Meserve, Carnegie Institution for Science
Discussants:
Thomas Isaacs, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
and Dan Kammen, University of California
Speakers:
Mike Dunne, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Hiper: The European Path To Inertial Fusion Energy
Shunsuke Kondo, Japan Atomic Energy Commission
TBD
Catherine Cesarsky, Commissariat Ó l'Únergie atomique
Nuclear Energy Is Part of the Solution for a Sustainable Carbon Free Future
Edward Moses, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Laser Inertial Fusion-Fission Energy
John Gilleland, TerraPower
Advanced Traveling Wave Reactors
John Parmentola, General Atomics
Changing the Game in Nuclear Energy
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