Bonjour, Welcome to the site !
My name is Bertrand Barré; I was born in December 1942, right in the middle of World War II, and the very month when the team led by Enrico Fermi started, in Staggs Field, near Chicago, the first man-made nuclear reactor(1).
I am married, the father of 4 children and grandfather of 9 grandchildren. This gives me at least 8 reasons why I should worry about the future, way beyond the next few decades, 9 reasons to believe in sustainable Development. And the reason why I want to tell you about energies is that, without a minimum access to energy, there is no development at all, not to mention sustainability. It is also because this topic, though often broached upon, is still subject to many misunderstandings. But first, allow me to introduce myself and my credentials:
I graduated in Engineering from École des Mines de Nancy , and post-graduated in Solid State Physics. Having fulfilled my military obligations (which no longer exist in France), I joined in 1967 the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, CEA, the French national nuclear R&D establishment. Within the CEA, I was lucky enough to pursue a very diverse career, busy but always exciting: Alternating positions in Research, Management and Staff, I was given the opportunity to acquire an in-depth knowledge of some technical aspects of energy production and, as close assistant to a few important people, to get acquainted with its geopolitical context. I used to work in France, in Great Britain and in the United States, always surrounded and supported by my slowly growing "nuclear family" which good-naturedly bore with the many moves such a career implied. I was, notably, Nuclear Attaché near the French embassy in Washington DC, Head of the Reactors Directorate of the CEA, Director of the Engineering division in Technicatome, Vice-president for R&D in Cogema and in charge of Scientific Communications in Areva. Now retired, I remained Scientific Advisor to Areva until my 70th birthday.
I have always been convinced that the value of information lies not in its possession but in its diffusion. That is why I keep teaching Nuclear Engineering as Professor Emeritus at the Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires (INSTN), and remain an active Member of many French, European and International learned Societies (let me spare you their list). I lecture a lot, in France and abroad and seldom refuse to debate even though it is not my favourite entertainment. Finally, that is why, of late, after having written many technical publications, I have turned to writing for the general public… and opening this website.
(1)If you wonder about man-made, go and look at "Oklo" (pdf file).
Also feel free to consult those few links about my works (videos, presentations, articles) on others internet sites; I want to thank them for that: