Theoretical Question- using nuclear fuel for cars?

The average density of gasoline is .75 KG/ L. Its lower heating value it about 44,000 KJ/KG. So for every Liter of gas burned you release 33000KJ of energy. The average car consumes about 5L of gasoline a day, therefore the averagy energy usage per day is 165,000KJ of energy. (165,000KJ/day)

Now lets pretend that we figure out how to properly dispose of nuclear fuels, and handle the radioactivity.

The fission of 1kg of uranium-245 releases 67300000000 KJ of energy.

What if we wanted to run our car for 20 years? How much uranium would that require?

well the energy required to operate a car is 165,000KJ per day. there are 365 days in a year and 20 years in a 20 year time period therefore in 20 years 1204500000KJ of energy would be used.

Since there are 67300000000 KJ of energy in one kg of Uranium-235, you would need .01789 kg of uranium-235.

There are aproximately 143,781,202 cars in the United States so if every car were nuclear powered for 20 years it would require 2,572,245 kg of Uranium-235. This is a tiny number compared to the 5,248,013,873,000 Liters or 3,936,010,405,000kg of gasoline burned.

How Nuclear Power works and what politicians think about it

A video of politicians talking about nuclear power.

information about Nuclear Power

Information about nuclear power from www.nei.org

Nuclear Power

Many people do not understand the truth about Nuclear Power.

Theoretically Nuclear power makes the most sense, because there is more potential energy stored in enriched uranium than any other viable energy fuel, Nuclear energy is the best alternative energy source. Because So much power is generated per unit of uranium, using this as a power source will have the smallest impact on the environment. If we compare it to other sources of energy, the amount of waste created is substantially less when using a nuclear energy source. The exciting thing about nuclear energy is the fact the the potential of this energy source has not been reached, meaning that Research and development will directly result in better energy production. This has been true in countires like france who have made developments in Nuclear technlology which have minimized the environmental impacts of the energy source, while maximizing energy output. The most exciting technologies is the idea of nuclear fusion, and the potetial of this technology is phenominal.

It is very clear that the postives aspects of Nuclear engineering from a scientific stand-point clearly out weigh the negative impacts. Developement of this technology has and will create a more and more efficient, safe and environmentally friendly energy source. The Nuclear technologies provide a pathway to an energy source which has the realistic potetial to provide 100% of the world’s energy needs while those energy needs rise.

Economically Nuclear power provides the most affordable alternative. The investment in Nuclear power infrastructure, including  Research and Development will pay off. This is because of the awesome energy potential of Uranium. The greatest thing however, is that investment in nuclear power plants using today’s technologies also pay off, if we compare the costs of operations using each energy source it looks like this:

Electricity Production Cost by Fuel Type (2007)

  • Nuclear: 1.76 cents per kWh
  • Coal: 2.47 cents per kWh
  • Natural gas: 6.78 cents per kWh
  • Oil: 10.26 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh)

Taking into consideration that solar and wind power costs around 15cents (as a low estimate) per kWH we can see that Nuclear fuel is the most economic source of energy.

Nuclear energy is the only viable source of energy heading into the future.

The world is facing an energy crisis, more people than every are emerging into the middle class because more businesses are starting, and big business are expanding. This process is a direct result of globalization, and is usually viewed as a positive force. These people have added tremendous value to the world economy.  There is however one problem, the energy strucuter currently in use is not designed to provide power for all the new and projected consumers. Oil, coal and other fuels as an energy source do not have the energy out-put capability to provide power to all of the projected energy consumers.

Nuclear power has the potential to provide power for all and any energy consumer without having tremendous effects on the environment. Nuclear power is the only energy source that has the capability of providing excess power when power needs double or even triple. This is why the investment in Nuclear Energy is an important descision to make, and a step that all of the developed world should go through with.

 

-Trevor Slade

Nuclear Technology

Nuclear energy is most likely going to be a major source of energy in the future. This is especially true if nuclear fusion is discovered. It is projected that we will be able to perform nuclear fusion within this century. This is great news for Chemical engineers, and would be a toatally awesome thing to be a part of! Check out this video (not guranteed to be accurate and so forth)

Nuclear Engineering

So the future of Energy may be Nuclear Engineering, what should you do if you want to be a part of the nuclear revelution? Well fortunatly Chemical engineering is the ideal bachelors if you want to go into nuclear engineering!

Go ahead and post any advise, or questions about Nuclear Engineering, and the best route to take for those interested!