To fight climate change, nations all over the world must continue to embrace renewable and non-emitting energy generation to combat greenhouse gases emission. However, natural resources (or the lack thereof) may push countries in certain directions to ensure complementary diversification of their energy sector. As a major source of non-emitting generation, nuclear energy must be a growing part of the solution.
With the acknowledgement that energy requirements can mean so much more than just electricity (e.g. district heating, H2/chemical production, process heat, thermal storage, desalination, etc.), country strategies need a workable diverse solution of non-emitting technologies (wind, solar, nuclear) to flexibly meet ALL their needs.
By integrating the stability of nuclear energy with the intermittency of renewable technologies, countries can benefit from the energy sector to advance their development in a stable, efficient manner when responsibly done.
The discussion focused on how nuclear energy can help improve country metrics in:
- Economic expansion
- Social impacts and implications
- Energy security
- Environmental areas
The recording of the event is available here.
About Our Speaker
John Valentino combines more than 25 years of business, technical, leadership, and interpersonal skills working globally to solve significant complex issues in North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa, primarily in the nuclear industry. He has done consulting (business and technical), and worked for an electric utility (at a nuclear site) as well as original equipment manufacturer (OEMs) and engineering companies. His energy industry experience includes mergers and acquisitions, business development, product line and account management, plant operations, engineering and licensing, and personnel development, among others. He holds an Executive Master in Energy Management from ESCP Business School, an M.S. in Systems/Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia.