"Nuclear power, or nuclear energy, is the use of exothermic nuclear
processes, to generate useful heat and electricity. The term includes
nuclear fission, nuclear decay and nuclear fusion. Presently the
nuclear fission of elements in the actinide series of the periodic
table produce the vast majority of nuclear energy in the direct
service of humankind, with nuclear decay processes, primarily in
the form of geothermal energy, and radioisotope thermoelectric generators,
in niche uses making up the rest. Nuclear (fission) power stations,
excluding the contribution from naval nuclear fission reactors,
provided about 5.7% of the world's energy and 13% of the world's
electricity in 2012. In 2013, the IAEA report that there are 437
operational nuclear power reactors, in 31 countries, although not
every reactor is producing electricity."
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American Nuclear Society | ans.org | 708-352-6611
| La Grange Park, IL
A not-for-profit, international, scientific
and educational organization, whose purpose is to promote the awareness
and understanding of the application of nuclear science and technology.
Atomic Energy Council (AEC) | aec.gov.tw/english
| + 886 2 8231-7250 | Taiwan
The sole authority within the Central
Government directly overseeing atomic energy related affairs. AEC's
mission is two-fold: to develop and enforce regulations, and to
conduct R&D of nuclear technology.
Australian Uranium Association | aua.org.au
A representative body that both articulates the national and global
interest associated with Australian uranium exploration, mining
and export, as well as advocates the industry's views to government
and the community.
Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN) |
sckcen.be/sckcen_en | +32 14 33 21 11 | Belgium
peaceful, medical and industrial applications of nuclear energy.
Canadian Nuclear Association | cna.ca/english/index.asp
| 613-237-4262 | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
A non-profit organization
established in 1960 to represent the nuclear industry in Canada
and promote the development and growth of nuclear technologies for
Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) | cns-snc.ca/home_eng.html
| 416-977-7620 | Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Dedicated to the exchange
of information in the field of applied nuclear science and technology.
This encompasses all aspects of nuclear energy, uranium, fission
and other nuclear technologies such as occupational and environmental
protection, medical diagnosis and treatment, the use of radioisotopes,
and food preservation.
Control The Nuclear Power Plant (Demonstration)
By Henrik Eriksson, Linköping
Department of Nuclear Engineering | nuc.berkeley.edu
| 510-642-5010 | Berkeley, CA
The mission of the Department of
Nuclear Engineering is to maintain and strengthen the University
of California’s only center of excellence in nuclear engineering
education and research, and to serve California and the nation by
improving and applying nuclear science and technology.
Energy Information Administration (EIA) | eia.doe.gov
| 202-586-8800 / Washington, DC
A statistical agency of the U.S.
Department of Energy that provides policy-independent data, forecasts,
and analyses to promote sound policy making, efficient markets,
and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with
the economy and the environment.
Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN)
| ecn.nl | +31 224 56 4949 | The Netherlands
Frequently Asked Questions About Nuclear Energy
By John McCarthy,
Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Stanford University.
How Nuclear Power Works | howstuffworks.com/nuclear-power.htm
By Marshall Brain, HowStuffWorks, Inc.
Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies
| unm.edu/~isnps | 505-277-0446 | Albuquerque, NM
educational and research opportunities in basic and applied fields
of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy in space and terrestrial
applications, from the University of New Mexico.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) |
iaea.org | (+431) 2600-0 | Vienna, Austria
The Agency works with
its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote safe,
secure and peaceful nuclear technologies.
International Nuclear Safety Center (INSC) |
insc.anl.gov | 630-252 8224 | Argonne, IL
Operates under the
guidance of the Director of International Nuclear Safety and Cooperation
(NN-30) in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and has the mission
of improving nuclear power reactor safety worldwide.
Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute | jaea.go.jp/jaeri/english/index.html
Aims at developing innovative technologies such as advanced exploitation
of atomic energy, achievement of higher safety in nuclear facilities,
and extensive utilization of radiation, and it is coping with challenges
leading to frontier sciences.
Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization (JNES)
An expert organization who conducts
specialized and fundamental activities to ensure nuclear safety,
in collaboration with the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA),
the regulatory authority of the nuclear safety ensuring in Japan.
Japan's Nuclear Program | japannuclear.com/nuclearpower/program
Information on Japan's nuclear program from FEPC, a trade association
for the ten electric utility companies that service the entire country
Netherlands Nuclear Society | kerntechniek.nl/index.html
portal of the Dutch nuclear societies.
NFCRC Nuclear Tutorial | nfcrc.uci.edu/EnergyTutorial/nuclear.html
From the National Fuel Cell Research Center, University of California,
Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) | nea.fr
(1) 45 24 10 10 | Paris, France
A specialised agency within the
Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD),
an intergovernmental organisation of industrialised countries.
nuclearinfo.net | nuclearinfo.net/Nuclearpower
Everything you want to know about nuclear power, developed by a
group of Physicists from the School of Physics at the University
of Melbourne in Australia, whose aim is to provide authoritative
information about nuclear power.
Nuclear Now! | wired.com/wired/archive/13.02/nuclear.html
Article by Peter Schwartz and Spencer Reiss, Wired Magazine.
Nuclear Energy Institute | nei.org
Energy Institute is the policy organization of the nuclear energy
and technologies industry and participates in both the national
and global policy-making process.
The Future of Nuclear Power | web.mit.edu/nuclearpower
An interdisciplinary MIT faculty group decided to study the future
of nuclear power because of a belief that this technology is an
important option for the United States and the world to meet future
energy needs without emitting carbon dioxide and other atmospheric
The Virtual Nuclear Tourist | nucleartourist.com
Vast information on 300+ nuclear power plants around the world,
by Joseph Gonyeau.
Office of Nuclear Energy | ne.doe.gov | 800-dial-DOE
| Washington, DC
The mission of the Office of Nuclear Energy
is to lead the DOE investment in the development and exploration
of advanced nuclear science and technology.
RadWaste.org | radwaste.org | Toronto, Ontario,
Reference source for radioactive waste management professionals
and includes more than 10,000 links to radwaste, nuclear, radiation
and environmental related companies, research centres, regulatory
agencies, government organizations, and non-governmental organizations.
Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate |
hsk.ch/english/start.php | Switzerland
A division of the Federal
Office of Energy.
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) | nrc.gov
| 800-368-5642 | Washington, D.C.
An independent agency established
by the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 to regulate civilian use
of nuclear materials. NRC is headed by a five-member Commission.
World Nuclear Association | world-nuclear.org
Global private-sector organization that seeks to promote the peaceful
worldwide use of nuclear power as a sustainable energy resource
for the coming centuries.
Wikipedia | en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power
Nuclear power definition, information and links.