NUCLEAR ENERGY SOLUTIONS INC. (NESI)
Nuclear Energy Solutions Inc. (NESI) provides consulting, media, and advocacy services regarding nuclear energy activities, ranging from the creation of advanced reactors to decommissioning of nuclear facilities and spent fuel disposal.
Nuclear energy is on the cusp of becoming an even more significant source for electricity in the near future. Nuclear Power is essential to meet projected worldwide 50% increase in electricity by 2050, and is critical if the world expects to decarbonize in the next quarter century. It is increasingly acknowledged that nuclear energy must be part of the 'all-of-the-above' approach to fulfill current and projected clean energy needs.
Nuclear power not only produces electricity, but has many other actual and potential uses, such as on a 'micro' level for medical treatment and in agriculture, and a 'macro' level for propelling a rocket, or powering a desalinization plant, or making ammonia for fertilizer. Additionally, nuclear plants are reliable, versatile, have a small 'footprint', and can be used for many other applications, such as providing the high levels of heat required by certain industrial processes.
One issue that the nuclear industry has historically faced is public perception of nuclear energy. Perhaps because people can see the sun or feel the wind, they feel more comfortable with these forms of energy than with nuclear. Also, some people seem concerned with accidents which are rare, or nuclear waste which is manageable, others make a misguided association of nuclear energy with nuclear weapons. However, climate change, resiliency, and energy security seem far more pressing concerns in today's world, and increasing the supply of nuclear energy is critical to addressing these challenges. Studies are also now underway to see how nuclear energy could power technologies to address climate change by actually removing carbon from the atmosphere. Most people who know about nuclear energy appreciate that its significant advantages outweigh its impediments. One way to accelerate people embracing nuclear energy is to have it explained openly and pragmatically, so people can understand and appreciate its advantages and benefits.
Decommissioning or dismantling of a nuclear power plant is a complex process, which takes many years and costs hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars to complete. Although the nuclear waste is dealt with by the operator while the plant produces energy, there may be a new owner during and after decommissioning, who would be responsible for safeguarding the nuclear waste indefinitely. These activities need to be supervised to assure that they are accomplished safely.
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