Sustainable Development of Nuclear Energy and the Role of Fast Spectrum Reactors
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2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Energy, abundantly produced and wisely used, has always been needed for the advancement of civilization. Until the last few centuries, productivity was severely limited because only human and animal power were available as prime movers. By the early nineteenth century, wood burning, along with wind and water power, had considerably advanced the human capability to do work. Coal and then oil and natural gas sequentially replaced wood, water, and wind as the world's primary energy sources.