Nuclear Power Plant - With logo and introduction title

Professor Victor Becerra explains how nuclear reactors work and why they’re getting safer thanks to design and technology to make the handling and managing of nuclear power and nuclear waste better.

  • 08 September 2022
  • 16 min listen

Life Solved is back this Autumn with a brand new series, and to kick us off, we unpick the complex world of nuclear power plants.


As we look to a future of renewable energy options, nuclear energy is back on the table for discussion. Its low carbon footprint presents a greener alternative to fossil fuels, but how does it measure up to wind and solar power when you’re looking at costs, waste and environmental impact?


Professor Victor Becerra worked for a power generation company earlier in his career before going into research and academic posts. He came to the University of Portsmouth in 2015 where he has led two projects on control and monitoring of nuclear plants.


He joins us to explain how nuclear reactors work and why they’re getting safer thanks to design and technology to make the handling and managing of nuclear power and nuclear waste better.


He also explains how new kinds of reactors are in development to help recycle waste as part of the system, and how Cybernetics has helped him consider whole energy systems (including the human element) of design, to make them work for us, safely.


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