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With the right improvements nuclear energy can provide over 500 zeta joules of power over 1500 times the current power consumption of the world Sustainable Nuclear Energy Dilemma written by Naim G Afgan a renowned nuclear scientist working at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences where nuclear physics has been researched since 1948 and is an emeritus professor at the Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon Portugal Afgan received his PhD in technical sciences from the University of Belgrade This article outlines the possible problems of future uses of nuclear technology and how the technology can be improved This article was written exceptionally well Afgan provides legitimate and valuable background information as well as an extensive amount of data to support his claims however he neglects to mention how improving nuclear technology will gain public approvalOne of the major problems with nuclear energy is sustainability Our current technology requires the constant use of Uranium as a fuel which means that current reactors are very inefficient in how much fuel they use because they require more and more Uranium On top of the constant usage of Uranium the waste that reactors produce is almost always disposed of even though it contains about three percent Uranium-235 the fissilefuel material extracted from the most common isotope of Uranium Uranium-238 Nuclear scientist are currently researching the use of breeder reactors which use a set amount of fuel but the waste that comes from the reactor is totally fissile material which means that the reactor will never require more Uranium it will keep using the waste it creates as fuel saving Uranium from being put to waste and allowing it to be used in other reactors This makes the reactor much more sustainable since it will never require more fuel to continue fission To use nuclear reactors to their full potential many more technological accomplishments will need to be madeSafety is another huge factor holding nuclear technology back from being a
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