Nuclear power could perhaps win the prize for being the energy source with the worst reputation. It's the one that scares most people but is also the energy source that is least well-understood. Is its bad-rep deserved or could there be a good side to nuclear energy?
The answers are – "to an extent" and "yes, emphatically".
In this episode we speak to Evan Bolle-Jones, a technical lead in the simulation and verification group at the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) at the University of Sheffield. He puts forward a strong case in favour of nuclear energy in the UK, as he talks about the problems of radiation and how the nuclear industry has dealt with them – evidentially it is one of the safest industries in the nation.
We touch on topics including the new "modular" reactors, the innovations being introduced at the new large scale reactors at Hinckley and Sizewell C, and the incredible facts surrounding underground waste storage. Definitely not one to miss.