This is a mini “in-between” post to alert you to an extended radio interview I just did on 4th Generation nuclear power. (For those who might wonder, I’m currently writing “TCASE 3: The Power Hungry Future”, which I’ll post in a couple of days).
Here is a link to the audio (MP3 download). It runs for 50 minutes and was conducted at 6-7 pm tonight (7 October 2009). It was broadcast on Radio Adelaide’s 101.5 Backstory, a weekly current affairs programme which provides perspective on politics, people and places, with a special focus on international issues. Here is the interview précis:
Any solution to the world’s ever increasing energy requirements must be climate change friendly.
While many activists and scientists insist that renewable energies such as wind, solar and hydro electric can solve the world’s energy needs and avoid a climate catastrophe, opponents point to fourth generation nuclear power as a better solution.
Professor Barry Brook holds the Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change at the University of Adelaide and is an advocate of fourth generation nuclear power. Barry’s personal website is Brave New Climate.
Sean Robinson spoke to Barry and asked him to give an over view of what “fourth generation” means and how it differs from contemporary nuclear reactors.
In this interview, I obviously talk about the technology of nuclear power (Gen III and Gen IV), but also attempt to verbally map out my thoughts on the future of sustainable energy, what the likely pathway will be, and how fast we might be able to get there. I hope you get something out of it, or at least have some questions or critiques.
For a previous interview of mine on Backstory from May, on climate science and the roots of scepticism, see here (MP3 audio download).