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Title: Can the Sun replace uranium

Abstract

Two asymptotic worlds, one based on solar energy, the other based on nuclear energy, are compared. The total energy demand in each case is 2,000 quads. Although the Sun can in principal supply this energy, it probably will be very expensive. If the energy were supplied entirely by breeders, the nuclear energy system would pose formidable systems problems--particularly safety and proliferation. It is suggested that in view of these possible difficulties, all options must be kept open.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Institute for Energy Analysis, Oak Ridge, Tenn. (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5248737
Report Number(s):
ORAU/IEA(M)-77-21
TRN: 78-003854
DOE Contract Number:  
EY-76-C-05-0033
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 14 SOLAR ENERGY; 21 SPECIFIC NUCLEAR REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; NUCLEAR ENERGY; FORECASTING; SOLAR ENERGY; BIOMASS PLANTATIONS; BREEDER REACTORS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; COST; ECONOMICS; ELECTRIC POWER; ENERGY DEMAND; HYDROELECTRIC POWER; PROLIFERATION; TIDAL POWER; TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS; WIND POWER; ENERGY; ENERGY SOURCES; POWER; REACTORS; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; 292000* - Energy Planning & Policy- Supply, Demand & Forecasting; 290600 - Energy Planning & Policy- Nuclear Energy; 299001 - Energy Planning & Policy- Solar- (1989-); 140000 - Solar Energy; 210000 - Nuclear Power Plants; 051000 - Nuclear Fuels- Economic, Industrial, & Business Aspects

Citation Formats

Weinberg, A.M.. Can the Sun replace uranium. United States: N. p., 1977. Web. doi:10.2172/5248737.
Weinberg, A.M.. Can the Sun replace uranium. United States. doi:10.2172/5248737.
Weinberg, A.M.. Fri . "Can the Sun replace uranium". United States. doi:10.2172/5248737. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5248737.
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title = {Can the Sun replace uranium},
author = {Weinberg, A.M.},
abstractNote = {Two asymptotic worlds, one based on solar energy, the other based on nuclear energy, are compared. The total energy demand in each case is 2,000 quads. Although the Sun can in principal supply this energy, it probably will be very expensive. If the energy were supplied entirely by breeders, the nuclear energy system would pose formidable systems problems--particularly safety and proliferation. It is suggested that in view of these possible difficulties, all options must be kept open.},
doi = {10.2172/5248737},
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place = {United States},
year = {1977},
month = {7}
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