Nuclear energy for Australia?
It’s a question that is too important to ignore in any examination of Australia’s energy options, but attracts immediate questions about the implications. Are nuclear power stations safe?
What would we do with the wastes? Where would such power stations be located? How would they be cooled? Are they dangerously radioactive? Can they be the source of nuclear weapons? Is the regulatory environment adequate? On the other hand – Could they reduce emissions and help Australia meet its carbon reduction targets? Would they provide low-cost baseload power, able to charge low-emission electric vehicles at night? Would they provide high level secure jobs – and more?
The recent Energy White Paper for Australia
acknowledges the option of nuclear power as a proven low-emissions generation technology and Australia has a potentially strong position as one of the world’s major safe and reliable exporters of uranium fuel.
But nuclear power generation is only considered currently as a reserve technology in the event that other low-emission technologies – wind, solar, geothermal, carbon capture and sequestration and clean coal – prove not to be economically viable to meet Australia’s declared carbon reduction targets.
The Conference brought together highly respected international and national speakers – representing the broad spectrum of opinion on nuclear power, leading an open debate over a two-day conference on the key technological, economic, social and environmental issues relating to nuclear power generation. The key issues have been captured in the conference communiqué and the August Issue 179 of ATSE Focus, the Academy’s bi-monthly issues magazine.
Please be advised that supporting material is available via the links below.
View Issue 179 Focus: Nuclear Energy for Australia?
View the Communiqué here
View the Conference Report here
View the Conference Program here
View the Speaker Abstracts and Presentations here
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