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, Volume 39, Supplement 1, pp 26–30 | Cite as

Nuclear Energy

  • Karl Grandin
  • Peter Jagers
  • Sven Kullander
Article

Abstract

Nuclear energy can play a role in carbon free production of electrical energy, thus making it interesting for tomorrow’s energy mix. However, several issues have to be addressed. In fission technology, the design of so-called fourth generation reactors show great promise, in particular in addressing materials efficiency and safety issues. If successfully developed, such reactors may have an important and sustainable part in future energy production. Working fusion reactors may be even more materials efficient and environmental friendly, but also need more development and research. The roadmap for development of fourth generation fission and fusion reactors, therefore, asks for attention and research in these fields must be strengthened.

Keywords

Nuclear energy Fission energy Fusion energy Generation IV reactors Subcritical thorium reactors 

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© Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Energy Committee of the Royal Swedish Academy of SciencesStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Center for History of ScienceRoyal Swedish Academy of SciencesStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Chalmers University of TechnologyGothenburgSweden
  4. 4.Uppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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