How did the French get energy independence? Through a personal story retold at Climate One at the Commonwealth Club on April 8th, Jacques Besnainou, CEO of AREVA, pointed out that after exhausting other energy sources, the French turned to the Americans and developed a nuclear program based on the American program.
Jacques Besnainou is CEO of AREVA Inc.
Jeff Byron is the former Commissioner of California Energy Commission.
Lucas Davis is a professor at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.
Energy produced by nuclear fission of heavy atomic nuclei. About one-third of all electric power worldwide now comes from nuclear power plants. The navies of many countries include nuclear-powered warships; almost half of U.S. combat warships are nuclear-powered. Most commercial nuclear reactors are thermal reactors. Two types of light-water reactors in use throughout the world are the boiling-water reactor and the pressurized-water reactor. In the liquid-metal fast-breeder reactor, fuel is utilized 60 times more effectively than in light-water reactors. See alsonuclear energy.