CETC Event: The Future of Nuclear Power


'The Future of Nuclear Power' is the subject of the next Cambridge Enterprise and Technology Club event on Thursday, 30 September 2004 at the TWI Conference Centre, Abington Hall, Granta Park.

The world of today is very different from that which gave birth to nuclear energy in the 1950s. Known reserves of oil looked limited, natural gas was little more than a geological curiosity and heavy reliance on coal was causing problems of trade union power and urban pollution. The promise afforded by a new source of energy, clean and potentially plentiful, looked bright.

Half a century later the image of nuclear energy is somewhat tarnished, even though nuclear power today is generating more electricity than the world was using in 1956 (the year in which Calder Hall power station was opened) and doing so without releasing carbon dioxide or sulphur dioxide or relying on the oil and gas-rich countries for its supplies.

Slow progress in solving nuclear waste issues, poor economic performance in some countries and accidents such as those at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl have led some people to lose faith in the power of the atom. However, in the early years of this century the arguments in favour of nuclear power are re-emerging, driven in part by high oil prices and concerns over climate change.

Our first speaker for this event, Malcolm Grimston, will review the history of the industry since its inception and consider the key issues that will determine its use (or non-use) in the future. Malcolm is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Imperial College, London in the Energy Policy and Management Group and a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, where he is conducting an investigation into the future of civil nuclear energy.

Our second speaker, Dr Tom Todd, is the Chief Engineer of the UK Atomic Energy Authority. A physics graduate of Imperial College, he has worked for many years both for the UKAEA and for JET, the world's largest nuclear fusion research facility.

Tom will provide his particular insights into the history, aspirations and progress of Research & Development into controlled nuclear fusion (long identified as the power source of the stars). Tom's presentation will take us from the primitive straight devices and faltering understanding of the 1960s to the giant 'tori' and massive numerical modelling of today, highlighting the main achievements and outlining the future programme.

Time: Finger buffet from 6:00pm. Talk starts at 6:30pm.

Cost: Free to CETC members, 10 to non-members. Booking (with payment, if a non-member) is essential. If you wish to attend, please email (honsec@cetc.info) or telephone (01223-720256) providing your name, company name, telephone number and e-mail address. If payment is required, please send your cheque (made payable to CETC) to:

Guy Mulley, Hon Secretary CETC

c/o NW Brown Employee Benefits

Richmond House

16-20 Regent Street

Cambridge, CB2 1DB

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