Physics Colloquia Series with Jacopo Buongiorno

3:30 pm on Tuesday, February 5, 2013
4:30 pm on Tuesday, February 5, 2013
SCI 109
Future Prospects for Nuclear Power after Fukushima

Speaker: Jacopo Buongiorno, MIT

Hosted by: Ed Kearns

This event is part of the Physics Department Colloquia Series.

Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. in the 1st Floor Lounge.

Nuclear is a high-intensity energy source with a practically unlimited fuel availability and a long record of excellent safety. However, the 3/11/11 accident at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan has changed the perception of nuclear as a safe energy source. In this presentation we will (a) provide a brief description of the accident, (b) review the lessons learned from the accident, and (c) discuss their regulatory/design implications on the current reactor fleet as well as the next generation of Light Water Reactors. We will also discuss the future prospects of nuclear power, in particular a new paradigm in which nuclear energy can be used to displace large amounts of fossil fuels (and their related CO2 emissions) from the transportation sector, thus helping to combat climate change and curb the growth of energy product imports.