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Why India wants to change its beaches into Nuclear Fuel

Dr Geoff Parks and Professor William Nuttall are quoted in the article … Today all commercial nuclear plants run on uranium, a fact at least partly down to geopolitics. The West’s development of nuclear energy was inextricably linked to the development of atomic bombs and uranium’s by-products are much easier to weaponise. “In a different era maybe a different choice would be made and we'd have headed down the thorium route in the 1950s instead, but we are where we are,” says Geoff Parks, a nuclear engineer at Cambridge University. William Nuttall, a professor at the Open University specialising in energy policy, understands how India’s historical perspective could make thorium attractive. But there’s little sign of an impending squeeze on uranium, so global markets provide a sustainable route to energy security, he says. It’s also entirely possible to decarbonise without nuclear. “Nuclear has attributes that mean it's beneficial in respect to climate change and energy security, but its case is not manifest,” he says.

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China General Nuclear Power Corporation Seminar

On the 23rd May Cambridge Nuclear Energy Centre and Energy@Cambridge hosted 27 senior executives from China General Nuclear Power Corporation

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May 2018 – Announcement We are very pleased to confirm that the MPhil in Nuclear Energy has gained accreditation from Energy Institute. The Energy Institute is a specialist professional body and operates under the rules of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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The collaboration between Imperial College in London, University of Cambridge and the Open University (ICO) for doctoral training in nuclear energy will provide students with a world-class background in nuclear technology with funding from EPSRC and industrial partners.

For more information about the ICO Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Energy please follow this link