Thermodynamic limitations to nuclear energy deployment as a greenhouse gas mitigation technology

@article{Pearce2008ThermodynamicLT,
  title={Thermodynamic limitations to nuclear energy deployment as a greenhouse gas mitigation technology},
  author={Joshua M. Pearce},
  journal={International Journal of Nuclear Governance, Economy and Ecology},
  year={2008},
  volume={2},
  pages={113-130}
}
  • Joshua M. Pearce
  • Published 4 March 2008
  • Physics, Engineering, Environmental Science
  • International Journal of Nuclear Governance, Economy and Ecology
To both replace fossil-fuel-energy use and meet the future energy demands, nuclear energy production would have to increase by 10.5% per year from 2010 to 2050. This large growth rate creates a cannibalistic effect, where nuclear energy must be used to supply the energy for future nuclear power plants. This study showed that the limit of ore grade to offset greenhouse gas emissions is significantly higher than the purely thermodynamic limit set by energy payback times found in the literature… 

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