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2012
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2011
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2010
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2009
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2008
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2007
12 Bacteria in agriculture and industry
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2006
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Vol. 2, No. 09. September 30, 2007
ISSN 1932-3018

Nuclear sarcophagus
Positioning this technology in the
Functionality Grid
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Reformatted from: Van Wyk, Rias J: Technology - A Unifying Code, 2004, SMG, Cape Town, p.34. Based on: Ropohl, Gunter: Eine Systemtheorie der Technik, 1979, Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich and Vienna, p.178.
This Newsbrief focuses on nuclear contamination. It deals specifically with the issue of containment. In terms of the Atlas of Technological Megatrends it is concerned with the functionality of energy storing.

Recent years have seen a revival of interest in nuclear energy as a source of electricity.

Three trends help drive this revival:
  • Increasing awareness of the efficiency of nuclear fuels
  • The recent cancellation of many plans to build coal-fired power plants in the USA
  • The promotion of nuclear as "green" energy
While the plans for nuclear revival are actively promoted, public concerns about safety and environmental degradation are also increasing. These are based on the history of nuclear accidents and the fear of contamination.
In the UK, the year 2007 marks the fiftieth anniversary of an accident at the Windscale nuclear reactor in Cumbria. In the USA the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island effectively put a stop to further nuclear expansion. In Russia, the 1986 explosion at Chernobyl became the world's worst nuclear accident. Chernobyl is very much the focus of the present apprehension. To finally contain radiation from the site, engineers have completed plans for a large nuclear sarcophagus. The cost; $500 million.
Technology executives and investment professionals should take a strong interest in the re-birth of nuclear energy. Note the problems and seek opportunities. Key areas include (i) Managing spent nuclear fuels in the face of growing environmental concerns. (ii) Managing spent fuels to avoid them being used as terror materials. (ii) Adequate financial arrangements for the cost of containment in the case of accident. (iii) Managing the consequences to the community of such an accident.

© Rias J. van Wyk, 2013. Editor.