Nuclear engineering and technology play a vital role in achieving low carbon emission goals worldwide, while providing reliable, baseload power to the world economy. Presently over 12 percent of the world’s energy needs are satisfied by nuclear power—with 30 countries operating 436 nuclear power plants and 3 countries (France, Slovakia, and Belgium) using nuclear power to provide over half their power needs (source: Nuclear Energy Institute: http://www.nei.org).
The country with the largest number of operational nuclear power plants (the United States) has 102 plants and uses nuclear power to provide over 19 percent of its needs. Concurrently, the advanced nuclear power plant designs are the basis for extensive, ongoing research and development efforts in many countries with the promise of enhanced sustainability, safety, and proliferation-free power-sources with ever-higher operational efficiencies and capacity factors. Consequently, there are many fruitful topics of interest in the nuclear engineering field to be addressed in this exciting monograph series.
The Nuclear Engineering and Technology for the 21st Century monograph series provides current and future engineers, researchers, technicians and other professionals and practitioners with practical, concise but key information concerning the nuclear technologies from areas of medical applications, mining, processing and manufacturing, environmental monitoring to safe and energy-efficient plant operation and electricity generation. Each monograph should provide a well rounded and definitive state-of-the-art review of its subject, with a focus on applied research and development, and best industry practices, processes and related technological applications. The series is envisaged as a collection of 80 to 100 pages monograph publications which can stand as the most authoritative source of information on current state of a topic, application or discipline.