Rise in carbon dioxide level in air has been rising concern among all sections of people as it has tremendously deteriorated the health as well as have an adverse effect on the climate. The authors of a new MIT study say that the use of nuclear power in low carbon energy technologies should curb the amount of carbon dioxide gas being released on a daily basis. “The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World,” released on Sept 3 by the MIT Energy Initiative, states the reason behind the sluggish rise of nuclear energy capacity in the world. Nuclear power only counts for 5% of the total global energy.
MIT researchers in collaboration with colleagues from University of Wisconsin at Madison and Idaho National Laboratory is about to exhibit its research and recommendations at several events taking place in Paris, Brussels, and London.
According to Jacopo Buongiorno, the TEPCO Professor and associate department head of Nuclear Science and Engineering department at MIT, the world has to understand the potential present in the nuclear energy in order to obtain a deeply decarbonized energy future. He also stated that upraise of business models accompanied with innovations in construction is likely to make nuclear power plants cheaper. This will help to meet the rising demand for energy generation with no impact on the climate change due to decreasing emissions of greenhouse gas.
John Parson, who is the co-chair and senior lecturer at MIT, mentioned that the role of government is very crucial in adopting nuclear energy for generating electricity. The study provides a detailed options for government to support nuclear energy.