Here is a quick post to update you on some recent work of mine.
I am thrilled that the office of Senator Sean Edwards has prepared a professionally designed version of our submission to the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.
The document is complete with a brand new forward from the Senator himself, outlining how the process came to this point and how nuclear fits into his view for a new, dynamic and prosperous South Australia.
It’s a great looking document so please, download here and share away! Let’s build a worldwide buzz that South Australia can’t ignore. We are not joking about this: our placement in Asia at this time, our suite of advantages, really does mean South Australia could become a hub of nuclear progress.
On that global topic I recently returned from the World Nuclear Association 2015 Symposium in London. While there I delivered an updated version of my presentation World’s Without Nuclear: A review of the 100 % renewable literature. This has been work in development for some time now, rudely interrupted by a Royal Commission. In this updated slide deck you will see some additional scenarios have been captured, a version of scoring is applied and there is some additional comparative discussion of hydroelectricity vs nuclear power in the context of South America. I am hopeful that a video of the presentation will be available soon, however there is a detailed write-up of my presentation here.
The presentation was well-received, with many complimentary discussions that followed. I think that in particular the audience found the hyrdo realities to be something that had not really been considered before. I used the language of decoupling, freely piggy-backing on the recent Nature Unbound report from The Breakthrough Institute.
The next step is to work with my supervisors to bring this research to the literature as a paper.
My hope is that stakeholders like me and presentations like this will help the actual nuclear industry to continue to appreciate their vital role and stimulate more action as a result. I want a more externally competitive, internally collaborative nuclear industry that goes about aggressively taking market share, driven not only by economic rewards, but by a firm foundation understanding that every nuclear plant we build is coal unburned, forest unflooded, wilderness uninterrupted, land unploughed as we seek to bring energy to 10 billion people.
It’s a long road however I am pleased to report that the sentiment at this symposium was the best I have felt to date. A big hat-tip to the leadership of Agneta Rising of WNA, whose theme for the closing gala was “harmony”.
Thanks as ever for the ongoing support. We have achieved much, with much in front of us. Onwards!