NextGenSim 2020

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Scenario


Twenty years ago, civil war divided the country of Yasric into North Yasric and South Yasric. During the war, the Zelfia nuclear power plant located in the country’s south was shut down to prevent it from being used as a weapon in – or a terrible casualty of – the conflict.


Currently, South Yasric is a peaceful and rapidly developing country. While not without its challenges, its democracy is now ten years old. Its newly-elected president has announced that in order to promote further economic development, South Yasric must not only ensure the entire country has access to electricity, but South Yasric must develop a transition plan whereby the country is completely powered by carbon-free energy in twenty years. A central aspect of the transition plan is the Zelfia nuclear plant. While the Zelfia nuclear plant will provide enough electricity to power all of South Yasric and even enough to sell to neighboring countries – which will enable the South to construct extensive wind and solar farms – nuclear energy has significant concerns.


Specifically, some South Yasric stakeholders are concerned about the environmental effects, sabotage and accidents, and especially the proliferation risks, particularly as North Yasric remains a bitter enemy. Would forces loyal to the North try to either sabotage the plant – or use its waste in the construction of nuclear weapons? Students will actively discuss and debate the various opportunities and challenges of restoring the Zelfia nuclear plant. While the South’s ambitions are laudable – is the plant worth the possible risks of a meltdown or of nuclear proliferation?


Learning Objectives





  • Understand how a nuclear power plant produces energy, including the amount of electricity and the cleanliness of nuclear energy relative to coal and natural gas;
  • Understand how nuclear energy can be used as a transition to a carbon-free energy sector (i.e. providing enough electricity to power the country and an ability to sell the surplus);
  • Understand risks related to the environment (waste storage), accidents (meltdown), and proliferation risks (weaponizing spent fuel).



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