Nuclear Technologies in a Sustainable Energy System

  • G. S. Bauer
  • A. McDonald

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Global Strategies and Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Wolf Häfele
      Pages 3-19
    3. C. Marchetti
      Pages 33-47
  3. Fission and Fission Breeding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Bernard I. Spinrad
      Pages 51-66
    3. J. W. Hilborn
      Pages 75-85
  4. Fusion and Dense Plasma Neutron Sources

  5. Accelerator Breeding

  6. Handling the Waste

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. F. Culler, R. C. Vogel
      Pages 271-285
    3. Hiroshi Murata, Hideo Kuroi
      Pages 287-303
  7. Reflections and Summary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-311
    2. Freeman J. Dyson
      Pages 313-318
    3. G. S. Bauer, A. McDonald
      Pages 319-328
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 329-329

About these proceedings


In March 1981 the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) published the results of a global energy study looking fifty years into the future: Energy in a Finite World: A Global Systems Analysis (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Ballinger Publishing Co. , 1981)*. Not surprisingly, this book raises almost as many questions as it answers; thus, it defines a broad range of research topics that might be taken up by IIASA or other research institutions around the world. A 25-27 May 1981 workshop at IIASA entitled "A Perspective on Adaptive Nuclear Energy Evolutions: Towards a World of Neutron Abundance" was a beginning on one of these topics; it was organized by Wolf Hafele (Kernforschungsanlage Ji. ilich, Jiilich, Federal Republic of Germany, and IIASA) and Arkadius Archie Harms (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada). The origin of this workshop was the effort with­ in the IIASA energy study to explore possible "sustainable" global energy systems that might eventually replace the current "consumptive" system. In investigating the possible contributions nuclear technologies might make to a sustainable energy system, it had become clear that it is not so much particular, distinct technologies within the nuclear family that should be examined as a question of particularly advantageous configurations of mutually complementary technologies. Only when one considers exploiting a whole spectrum of arrangements of fission breeders, fusion reactors, and accelerators does the true potential of nuclear power become apparent.


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Editors and affiliations

  • G. S. Bauer
    • 1
  • A. McDonald
    • 2
  1. 1.Projekt Spallations-Neutronenquelleder Kernforschungsanlage Jülich GmbHJülich 1Federal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Norton’s WoodsAmerican Academy of Arts and SciencesCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-81990-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-81988-9
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