A Reliability Look at Energy Development

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[Figure presented]Professor Way Kuo, President of City University of Hong Kong, previously served on the senior management team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and as Dean of Engineering at the University of Tennessee, and Head of Industrial Engineering at Texas A&M University. A pioneer in reliability, he is renowned for his work in design for reliability of electronics and energy systems. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and Academia Sinica in Taiwan and a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Russian Academy of Engineering. [Figure presented]Dr. Chin Pan is Tsing Hua distinguished professor of the Institute of Nuclear Engineering and Science and the Department of Engineering and System Science of the National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan. Dr. Pan previously served as Dean of the College of Nuclear Science of NTHU and Convener of the Energy Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan. Dr. Pan's research activities have been in the areas of two-phase flow, boiling heat transfer, nuclear thermal hydraulics, and energy engineering. Energy must balance with environmental protection, reliability and sustainability, and social and economic welfare. The distribution of rainbow energies, a spectrum of seven kinds of energies for generating electricity, is illustrated using statistical data from major countries. This commentary addresses the pros and cons of the different energies and their future prospects. The challenge today is how to prevent the misuse of data and how to manage slogan-slinging politicians who counter what we find in the data.




Kuo, W., & Pan, C. (2018, January 17). A Reliability Look at Energy Development. Joule. Cell Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joule.2017.10.016

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