Peter Drucker, the founding father of the marketing profession, is recorded as saying that "Selling satisfies the needs of the Seller, while Marketing satisfies the needs of the Market".
With the steady increase in global demand, there is a durable and expanding market for all sources of energy and for potable water supply. If we are to halt or reverse global climate warming, then we must preferentially promote low-carbon technology. This is particularly true of the developing countries, where economic development, food and water, and public health, are seriously restricted by a lack of energy resources.
In September 2014, Dr. Barry Brook (now Professor of Climate Science at the University of Tasmania) and his former colleague Dr. Corey Bradshaw (Professor of Climate Science at the University of Adelaide), supported by more than 75 internationally-eminent scientists, published an Open Letter to Environmentalists, in which they sought a scientifically-based consideration of all energy sources, in the search for solutions to the global problem of climate warming. Professor Brook maintains an internet web-site http://www.bravenewclimate.com for public comment.
Over the past 5 years, while he had tenure of the Sir Hubert Wilkins' Chair of Climate Science at Adelaide University, Professor Brook sought solutions to the problem of global warming. Within Australia and internationally, he has diligently and methodically researched all energy sources. His work has been published in reputable scientfic journals and has been meticulously reviewd by his peers. He has demonstrated the urgent need for an expanded international nuclear energy industry, to satisfy the future needs of Australia and, more importantly, of the developing nations.
There is a continuing demand for new reactors, for the replacement of end-of-life power stations, for the supply of spare parts, and for maintenance support.
Within Australia, all of the existing thermal power stations will have reached end-of-life within the next 25 years, and will need replacement. In most cases, the existing steam-raising section of the installation may be replaced by one or more 360MW modular nuclear reactors. In many cases, the existing generators and switch-yard may be refurbished and re-used.
It is suggested that at least one Integral Fast Reactor (I.F.R.) should be built in each mainland State, in order to re-cycle spent fuel assemblies for re-use in the modular reactors.
As Professor Brook and others have commented, the agricultural economies in developing countries in Africa and Asia have a scarce supply of fuel for household use. They are forced to reply upon very inefficient fuels, such as cow dung, for heating and cooking. These fuels produce large quantities of toxic compounds, often carcinogens, resulting in high morbidity within the population.
We will best be able to serve these markets by supplying barge-mounted nuclear reactors, with co-located seawater distillation plants. These may be located in dry-docks at coastal locations, and returned by sea for maintenance or replacement.
For inland locations, for example in the Latrobe Valley and in many developing nations, nuclear reactors may be assembled on-site, using pre-fabricated components. In the absence of seawater, other means must be provided to remove waste heat, e.g. cooling towers or buried heat exchangers.
South Australia is fortunate, in that it has adequate existing resources, a skilled workforce, the necessary infrastructure, and supplies of raw materials, to succeed in this important growing market.
South Austrlia will not have sufficient manufacturing capacity to satisfy more than a small part of the global market demand for nuclear reactors, barges and nuclear-powered shipping, but will be able to meet the requirements for steel plate, fuel assemblies, and other reactor components for other Australian shipyards, e.g. in Brisbane, Newcastle, Melbourne and Fremantle.