SusTech Talk March 2022 – Nuclear Energy as a viable electric baseload supply option


SusTech 2022 is hosting talks on Sustainability leading up to the virtual conference on April 21-23, 2022.

“Nuclear Energy as a viable electric baseload supply option”

with Dr. Charles Hawkins, University of New Mexico

Date: 22 March 2022
Time: 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM PT



Abundant energy is the base for advanced societies. America succeeded only because of a coal base that drove our manufacturing machines, and now we add the increased national power needed to drive our computers. We are being squeezed by two forces. The first is that our coal and oil burning does inflict lethal (yes, lethal) damage. The second is that coal and oil have finite resource lifetimes. They are a fixed resource that we burn huge amounts by the minute.

What are the energy options? That is what this talk is about. Let’s look at the pluses and minuses of each energy path. There is a logical path, and that is the main thrust of this talk and the accompanying book. This is Professor Hawkins’ fifth book, and it is offered free to the public.

Data indicates that nuclear power is the only resource that can provide dependable, safe, pollution-free emission, and when delivered in safe and small reactor designs it can be mass produced in a near plug and play configuration at a competitive cost. A digital version of the Book will be distributed free to attendees.


Dr. Charles Hawkins is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico and an Affiliate Professor at ECE Florida. His research and graduate teaching was in IC test engineering, reliability, and failure analysis. He has also worked with the CMOS IC Development Group at Sandia National Lab in New Mexico for 20 years and did on-site research at Intel, AMD, Philips Research Labs, Signetics, and Qualcomm.