Comprehensive assessments of two critical energy sources: technical, economic, and policy challenges

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Japan’s Quest for Nuclear Energy and the Price it has Paid


Japan’s Quest for Nuclear Energy and the Price it has Paid: Accidents, Consequences, and Lessons Learned for the Global Nuclear Industry identifies major accidents in Japan that have happened at different stages of the nuclear fuel cycle in Japan, assesses the underlying causes of nuclear accidents, and identifies other systemic problems in the nuclear industry. It provides recommendations on how government, industry and academic institutions can work together toward achieving a zero-accident safety culture.

Key Features

  • Reviews the history of Japan’s nuclear programs and commercial activities from the 1950’s to the present
  • Describes the underlying causes of major accidents that have afflicted Japan’s nuclear industry, along with consequences, including technical difficulties, costs and program delays
  • Outlines the evolution of nuclear policies promoted by competing bureaucracies and how these rivalries influenced program priorities and impeded safety

Scientists and engineers in the nuclear industry, at research labs, and those serving as operators in the field. Also intended for government policymakers dealing with nuclear issues in Japan and policymakers in other countries that have nuclear power programs


No. of pages: 371
Language: English
Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
Published: 28th March 2019
Imprint: Elsevier
eBook ISBN: 9780128179611
Paperback ISBN: 9780128179604

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Fuel Cells: Current Technology Challenges And Future Research Needs


This is a one of a kind, definitive reference source for technical students and researchers, government policymakers, and business leaders. Fuel Cells, Current Technology Challenges and Future Research Needs provides an overview of past and present initiatives to improve and commercialize fuel cell technologies. It offers context and analysis to help potential investors assess current fuel cell commercialization activities and future prospects. Most importantly, it gives top executive policymakers and company presidents detailed policy recommendations as to what should be done to successfully commercialize fuel cell technologies.


  • Reviews government, corporate, and research institutions’ policies and programs related to fuel cell development and their effect on the success or failure of fuel cell programs at corporations and research institutions
  • Provides a clear and unbiased picture of current fuel cell research programs
  • Outlines future research needs
  • Describes the specific, internal corporate and academic fuel cell R&D activities, levels of investment, strategies for technology acquisition, and reasons for success and failure
  • Offers concrete policy recommendations

ISBN: 978-0-444-56325-5

Published December, 2012

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