Nuclear Energy and Proliferation Resistance: Securing Benefits, Limiting Risks
Budnitz, Robert J.
Shea, Thomas E.
von Hippel, Frank
American Physical Society, Panel on Public Affairs, Nuclear Energy Study Group, Nuclear Energy and Proliferation Resistance: Securing Benefits, Limiting Risks (May 2005)
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Global electricity demand is expected to increase by more than 50 percent by 2025 and nuclear power is a primary carbon-free energy source for meeting this extensive global energy expansion. At the same time, the technologies used in peaceful nuclear power programs overlap with those used in the production of fissionable material for nuclear weapons. This report examines technological steps that the US can take to enhance the proliferation resistance of nuclear power systems.