Special Issue "Sustainable Nuclear Energy"

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A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2012)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Sekimoto
Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1 0-okayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152, Japan
Website: http://www.nr.titech.ac.jp/~hsekimot/homeE.html
E-Mail: hsekimot@gmail.com
Interests: innovative nuclear energy systems; innovative nuclear reactor designs; self-consistent nuclear energy system; equilibrium nuclear energy utilization in the future

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Energy is a key item for sustainability. Most of the presently utilized energy is fossil fuels. They emit greenhouse gas and cause global warming. Renewable energies are free from this problem. However, they have other problems such as low density and an unstable power rate. Nuclear energy is a high density and stable energy without carbon-dioxide emissions. This issue of Sustainability focuses on nuclear energy as a sustainable energy. However, it has several difficult and inherent problems. The present light water cooled reactors can only use less than 1% of original natural uranium, and their resource problem is as severe as fossil fuels. But breeder reactors can utilize larger portions of natural uranium and thorium, and can be considered to produce energy for about a million years. Nuclear energy has a more difficult and inherent problem. It utilizes the same technology as used for making nuclear bombs. Therefore, we should consider physical protection, nonproliferation and other problems related to nuclear weapons. The nuclear energy production process produces radioactive materials at the same time. This makes nuclear reactor accidents very severe and leaves difficult waste problems even after finishing reactor operations. This special issue of Sustainability will show the potential of innovative nuclear reactor / energy system for sustainable energy by solving these problems at acceptable economic costs.

Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Sekimoto
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • sustainability
  • innovative nuclear energy system
  • innovative nuclear reactor design
  • innovative nuclear fuel burning
  • safety
  • radioactive waste

Published Papers (15 papers)

Sustainability 2012, 4(11), 3088-3123; doi:10.3390/su4113088
Received: 25 July 2012; in revised form: 1 November 2012 / Accepted: 7 November 2012 / Published: 13 November 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(10), 2745-2764; doi:10.3390/su4102745
Received: 3 September 2012; in revised form: 24 September 2012 / Accepted: 28 September 2012 / Published: 19 October 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(10), 2472-2497; doi:10.3390/su4102472
Received: 14 August 2012; in revised form: 14 September 2012 / Accepted: 17 September 2012 / Published: 1 October 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(10), 2399-2418; doi:10.3390/su4102399
Received: 3 July 2012; in revised form: 20 August 2012 / Accepted: 24 August 2012 / Published: 27 September 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(10), 2377-2398; doi:10.3390/su4102377
Received: 31 May 2012; in revised form: 24 August 2012 / Accepted: 12 September 2012 / Published: 27 September 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(9), 2293-2316; doi:10.3390/su4092293
Received: 27 June 2012; in revised form: 15 August 2012 / Accepted: 24 August 2012 / Published: 18 September 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(8), 1933-1945; doi:10.3390/su4081933
Received: 14 June 2012; in revised form: 23 July 2012 / Accepted: 10 August 2012 / Published: 22 August 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(8), 1888-1907; doi:10.3390/su4081888
Received: 2 June 2012; in revised form: 14 July 2012 / Accepted: 18 July 2012 / Published: 21 August 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(8), 1806-1832; doi:10.3390/su4081806
Received: 2 July 2012; in revised form: 26 July 2012 / Accepted: 30 July 2012 / Published: 14 August 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(8), 1755-1775; doi:10.3390/su4081755
Received: 2 July 2012; in revised form: 24 July 2012 / Accepted: 30 July 2012 / Published: 13 August 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(8), 1683-1710; doi:10.3390/su4081683
Received: 16 June 2012; in revised form: 16 July 2012 / Accepted: 18 July 2012 / Published: 6 August 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(6), 1274-1291; doi:10.3390/su4061274
Received: 4 May 2012; in revised form: 11 June 2012 / Accepted: 12 June 2012 / Published: 15 June 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(6), 1214-1238; doi:10.3390/su4061214
Received: 27 March 2012; in revised form: 3 May 2012 / Accepted: 29 May 2012 / Published: 12 June 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(6), 1173-1187; doi:10.3390/su4061173
Received: 13 April 2012; in revised form: 8 May 2012 / Accepted: 23 May 2012 / Published: 7 June 2012
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Sustainability 2012, 4(4), 721-739; doi:10.3390/su4040721
Received: 29 February 2012; in revised form: 11 April 2012 / Accepted: 11 April 2012 / Published: 20 April 2012
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