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Critical reflections on nuclear and renewable energy
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Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, 2014
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xxix, 175 p. ; 24 cm.


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The Fukushima nuclear incident made people ponder and questionnuclear safety again, resulting in decisions by certain countriesto phase out nuclear power completely. Is this the right decision?Are there better ways to deal with this important issue of the 21thcentury?

The book analyses the pros and cons of a spectrum of energies,ranging from petroleum, coal, gas to water, solar and wind energiesas well as nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclearincident in 2011. It maintains that we should look at nuclearenergy from a rational point of view instead of being influenced byemotions or politicians? arguments. The book alsoexamines policies that concern science and technology, energyresources, environmental protection and occupational safety,emphasizing the need to deepen the general populace?sunderstanding of the concept of reliability.

Author Notes

Professor Way Kuo, a pioneer in reliability of electronics systems, is renowned for his work in systems reliability. He is a member of US National Academy of Engineering and Academia Sinica, Taiwan, as well as a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. He serves as President of City University of Hong Kong and is Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Reliability. He has served at Texas AM University and was on the senior management team of Oak Ridge National Laboratory when he served as Dean of Engineering at the University of Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Arden BementXu Kuangdi
Forewordp. ix
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
Introductionp. xxi
Part I The World after March 11,2011 - Ripple Effect of the Fukushima Accident
1 Reliability and Nuclear Powerp. 3
2 Some Flowers Fall, and Again They Bloomp. 15
3 Different Responses Across the Watersp. 21
4 Aging and Reliabilityp. 27
5 Transparent Management Guarantees Nuclear Safetyp. 31
6 The Need for Quality Controlp. 39
7 Don't Let Gossip Affect the Safe Operation of Nuclear Powerp. 45
Part II Environmental Protection, Occupational Safety and Innovation - A Spectrum of Energies
8 A Spectrum of Energy Sourcesp. 59
9 Facts about Background Radiationp. 67
10 Human Negligence of Occupational Safety Leads to Numerous Accidentsp. 73
11 When Will Environmental Pollution End?p. 81
12 Non-nuclear Calamities Are Also Horriblep. 93
13 Where Can We Find Safe Energy Sources?p. 99
14 Pick up Our Share of the Energy Costp. 111
15 In Search of Innovation in Formulating Energy Policyp. 121
16 Practice Makes Greatp. 129
Appendix I

p. 135

Appendix II

p. 149

Postscriptp. 157
Additional Reading Materialsp. 169
Afterwordp. 171
Indexp. 173
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