About Energy Technology Distillates
With this website and its affiliated documents, Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment introduces a series of publications called Energy Technology Distillates. Designed to provide succinct yet substantive information to policymakers, educators, students, and other citizens, these publications cover emerging topics in energy and the environment that combine technological, economic, and policy considerations.
FUSION ENERGY VIA MAGNETIC CONFINEMENT
Nuclear fusion has enormous promise as a global energy source. The fuel is nearly inexhaustible and the waste products have less environmental impact than the wastes associated with fossil fuels and nuclear fission. Making affordable fusion energy would be a remarkable human achievement. To appreciate some of the key challenges, we examine magnetic confinement fusion energy from four perspectives: Technology, Economics, Fusion and Fission, and Politics and Progress.Learn More
Small Modular Reactors
The future of nuclear power over the next few decades is murky. The contribution of nuclear power to the global electricity supply has declined globally in recent decades. The U.S. and other industrialized countries face the retirement of current nuclear power plants and must decide whether to replace them. In China and other industrializing countries, the central question is how much nuclear power will be built. This Energy Technology Distillate examines the possible role of small modular reactors in the future of nuclear power.Learn More
Grid-Scale Electricity Storage
The future of renewable energy, primarily wind and solar, is intertwined with the development and deployment of energy storage technologies. This Energy Technology Distillate describes the fundamentals of energy storage, including leading technologies and their challenges, key costs, and important regulatory initiatives that are acting to drive commercial deployment.Learn More