“Shifting towards low-carbon energy systems can avert climate catastrophe while creating new opportunities for investment, growth, and employment.”

Deciding what the energy of the future will be is a multi-objective problem. We need to consider CO2, environmental impact, renewability, cost, infrastructure, societal impact, scalability, legacy, longevity. Solar and wind optimise the parameters “CO2 reduction” and “renewability” but lack in other parameters, such as environmental impact, infrastructure, longevity, scalability, cost. And most notably they go against the historic trend of intensification. Solar and wind require up to 300 times more land than nuclear per unit energy.

Cheap abundant nuclear energy will be used to decarbonise the atmosphere and to desalinate water.

Episode Features

Scott Morris

Senior Fellow

Scott Morris is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Development Finance and Debt at the U.S. Department of the Treasury during the Obama Administration.

Jon Ball, PhD

Executive Vice President/Advanced Nuclear

Jon Ball is Executive Vice President of Nuclear Products for GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and a leader in the industry with a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University.

Kellan Dickens

MWC Product Management Leader

Kellan Dickens is a mechanical engineer and renewable energy specialist currently serving as the Executive Product Line Manager at GE Renewable Energy.

Dr. Marek Kubik

Managing Director - UK, Ireland and Israel

Marek Kubik is a sustainability pioneer and technology futurist, as well as Managing Director at Fluence where he oversees the regional growth of their energy storage technology and services business.

Christer Dahlgren, PhD

Principal Designer/BWRX-300

Christer Dahlgren is the Co-inventor of the BWRX-300 and a specialist in nuclear plant design and international adaptation of new nuclear technologies at GE.

Your host

Your host

Pietro Boselli, PhD, is a mechanical engineer and teacher, specialising in Mathematical Modelling and Analysis.

He began modelling when he was discovered by Giorgi Armani at age 6, and since then has been featured by brands and magazines including GQ, Equinox Fitness, Emporio Armani EA7, Attitude, Vouge Hommes, Abercrombie & Fitch, and has been shot by photographers including Bruce Weber, Giampalo Sgura, and Ollie Ali.

Pietro’s interests in fitness led to his innovative YouTube strength training channel being viewed millions of times, and the launch of his own fitness-oriented fashion line Pietra Design.

A Facebook post by one his University of London engineering students went viral in 2015 and led to his being dubbed “the world’s sexiest math teacher”, to which Pietro replies, “I model the fluid thermodynamics of wet steam flow”.

Rational mind is the continuation of that philosophy: using the global platform he has been gifted to help millions of curious people discover more about how their world works, and how to think about it.

For RATIONAL MIND, Pietro chose to collaborate with ATOMIC ENTERTAINMENT, the Emmy-nominated creators & executive producers of BRAIN GAMES, BRAINCHILD and the WHO SMARTED? podcast. Pietro And Atomic's founders, Jerry Kolber and Adam Davis, all share the belief that critical thinking, science and enabling discovery are the keys to making the world a better place.

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