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Strategic and Policy Issues Raised by the Transition from Thermal to Fast Nuclear Systems

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The renewed interest in nuclear energy triggered by concerns about global climate change and security of supply could lead to substantial growth in nuclear electricity generation and expanded interest in fast neutron reactors with closed fuel cycles. Moving from the current fleet of thermal neutron reactors to fast neutron systems will require many decades and extensive RD&D efforts. This book identifies and analyses key strategic and policy issues raised by such a transition, and provides guidance to decision makers on the best approaches for implementing transition scenarios.

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Opportunities and Challenges of Transition Scenarios

Nuclear Energy Agency

According to the scenarios introduced in Chapter 2, nuclear power is likely to contribute significantly to energy supply in the world during the 21st century. Rising energy demand in developing countries, security of supply concerns in OECD countries, and, last but not least, increasing awareness of the need to alleviate the risk of global climate change will provide strong incentive to policy makers for considering the nuclear option. 

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