EST. 1903 - Presenting global influential leaders from business, labour, education & government through events
Smith, J. Herbert
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The speaker begins by holding up an object: a pellet of the natural uranium used in a fuel rod for a nuclear reactor, and telling the audience: "Small though it is, this six-ounce pellet, if burned in a present-day reactor, will produce heat equivalent to 6,000 pounds of coal." The speaker continues with a discussion of "nuclear energy from the point of view of an electrical manufacturer--a manufacturer who is concerned both with disciplining the power of the atom to create new supplies of electrical energy, and with building equipment to put that energy to use in its most efficient manner." Our use of energy in general, and the situation in Canada specifically. Figures about the import and exports of energy in Canada. The factor of the costs of transportation. The need for Canada to utilize a Canadian source of fuel. The use of uranium as Canada's source of fuel. Progress towards the goal to produce electrical power from nuclear sources at the earliest possible date at costs comparable to that obtained from conventional fuels: a review and analysis. The various agencies involved. An explanation of how nuclear reactors work, and the type of reactor now being developed in Canada. Interest in other countries. The peaceful uses of the atom, 17 years after the beginning of the Nuclear Age.