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Primary energy: present status and future perspectives

Abstract

A survey of the base-load energy sources available to humans is presented, starting from the point of view that all energy used is ultimately derived from nuclear processes within the sun. Specific note is made of European energy options, noting the large dependence on imported oil. Detailed exploration of available nuclear fuel resources is carried out, with attention given to fission, fusion, and breeder reactor plants and to the state-of-the-art and technology for each. The problems of nuclear waste disposal are discussed, and long term burial in salt domes is outlined as a satisfactory method of containing the materials for acceptable periods of time. The CO/sub 2/ greenhouse effect hazards caused by increased usage of coal-derived fuels are considered and precautions to be taken on a global scale to ameliorate the warming effects are recommended. The limitations to hydropower are examined, as are those of tidal power. Solar cells are projected to be produced in GW quantities by the year 2000, while wind-derived electricity is predicted to provide a minimum of 5% of the world energy needs in the future.
Authors:
Publication Date:
Jan 01, 1982
Product Type:
Book
Reference Number:
EDB-83-094858
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; ENERGY SOURCES; FORECASTING; EUROPE; NUCLEAR ENERGY; BREEDER REACTORS; FISSION; FOSSIL FUELS; FUSION REACTIONS; GREENHOUSE EFFECT; PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; SOLAR ENERGY; SUN; WASTE DISPOSAL; DIRECT ENERGY CONVERTERS; ENERGY; FUELS; MAIN SEQUENCE STARS; MANAGEMENT; MATERIALS; NUCLEAR REACTIONS; PHOTOELECTRIC CELLS; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; REACTORS; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; STARS; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTES; 292000* - Energy Planning & Policy- Supply, Demand & Forecasting
OSTI ID:
6208459
Country of Origin:
Germany
Language:
English
Availability:
Sringer Verlag, Berlin, Germany, F.R. $34.00.
Submitting Site:
HEDB
Size:
Pages: 379
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Thielheim, K O. Primary energy: present status and future perspectives. Germany: N. p., 1982. Web.
Thielheim, K O. Primary energy: present status and future perspectives. Germany.
Thielheim, K O. 1982. "Primary energy: present status and future perspectives." Germany.
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title = {Primary energy: present status and future perspectives}
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abstractNote = {A survey of the base-load energy sources available to humans is presented, starting from the point of view that all energy used is ultimately derived from nuclear processes within the sun. Specific note is made of European energy options, noting the large dependence on imported oil. Detailed exploration of available nuclear fuel resources is carried out, with attention given to fission, fusion, and breeder reactor plants and to the state-of-the-art and technology for each. The problems of nuclear waste disposal are discussed, and long term burial in salt domes is outlined as a satisfactory method of containing the materials for acceptable periods of time. The CO/sub 2/ greenhouse effect hazards caused by increased usage of coal-derived fuels are considered and precautions to be taken on a global scale to ameliorate the warming effects are recommended. The limitations to hydropower are examined, as are those of tidal power. Solar cells are projected to be produced in GW quantities by the year 2000, while wind-derived electricity is predicted to provide a minimum of 5% of the world energy needs in the future.}
place = {Germany}
year = {1982}
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