Many have seen/listened to this already, but for completeness, here are the details of my recent interview with the ABC Radio program Counterpoint on the cost of nuclear energy. It is based on a discussion of the recent Energy peer-reviewed paper authored by Nicholson, Biegler & Brook.
Barry Brook argues that nuclear is not only the best way to meet base load power but it’s also the best way to reduce carbon emissions. He also explains how the new generation of nuclear power plants can deliver energy for thousands of years without creating waste problems.
Presenter: Paul Comrie-Thompson
You can download the .MP3 file here (8.5 MB). The interview lasts for 16 minutes. Comments welcome.
It is certainly pleasing that I am now regularly getting the opportunity to discuss these issues to a wide (national) audience.
Some other events: I’ll be talking as an invited keynote speaker (on the general topic of scenarios for future global deployment of nuclear energy as a response to climate change) at the Australian Uranium Summit 2011 (in Perth, April), the 2011 Paydirt’s Uranium Conference (in Adelaide, March), and the GreenCities 2011 Conference (in Melbourne, February). It’s interesting to note that the Perth event will also have Greens senator Scott Ludlum speaking, and at the Melbourne event, I’ll once again be ‘debating’ Ian Lowe (I see that Bjorn Lomborg is also speaking there).
Note that I do all of these presentations gratis, because I think it matters (i.e., I never, on principle, charge speaker’s fees).
Finally (and I think this is a particularly exciting opportunity), I’ll soon be doing a mini-roadshow, presenting a special seminar on the Gen IV nuclear in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. It’s special because of the audience — the engineers of Australia. Indeed, the events are sponsored and organised by six professional societies: the joint committees of The Australian Institute of Energy, Engineers Australia, the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), Australian Nuclear Association (ANA), Nuclear Engineering Panel of EA (NEP) and Australian Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN).
Some details here. In the talk I will cover the history and technical basis of the IFR and similar “Generation IV” designs, review current fast reactor developments in China, India, Russia and elsewhere, and consider realistic timetables for large-scale deployment and the critical synergies with current reactor technologies.
The Sydney event will also have what should be a fascinating panel discussion after my talk, on what is required to get nuclear power in Australia. It will feature me, Dr David Cook FTSE (Chairman ATSE NSW Division and past CEO ANSTO), Mr Keith Orchison AM (well known media writer on ESI matters and past CEO ESAA), Dr Adi Paterson FTSE (CEO ANSTO and previously with PBNR South Africa) and Mr Matthew Robinson (Worley Parsons Senior Engineer Nuclear Projects).
My sincere thanks to everyone involved in organising these talks, most especially to Martin Thomas (Sydney event; he was the driving force behind this, read this for more on his views), and Glen Kile (Melbourne event). I can’t wait…