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Be Careful About Rose-Colored Glasses When Viewing the Future of SMRs

March 3, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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Following another year of turbulence a casual observer of the nuclear industry may be forgiven for concluding that Small Modular Reactor (SMR) development has stalled, but a new report a new sense of clarity and purpose is emerging around the technology’s commercialization.[read more]

The Argument For Nuclear Energy In Australia

February 26, 2015 by Barry Brook
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Australia and Nuclear Energy

The Premier of South Australia, Labor’s Jay Weatherill, has announced a Royal Commission into an expanded future role for the state in nuclear energy. For people those of us who are both strongly focused on tackling climate change and who consider nuclear to be an essential tool, this is real progress.[read more]

How Do Fast Reactors Respond to Rapid Reactivity Insertion Events?

February 20, 2015 by Rod Adams
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Fast Reactor Response

Fast neutron spectrum reactors offer one answer to the trump question that is often used to halt informative discussions about using more atomic energy to reduce our excessive dependence on burning hydrocarbon based fuels — “What do you do with the waste?”[read more]

Nuclear Energy: The Sixty-Year Pitch

February 18, 2015 by Peter Dykstra
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Nuclear Energy Planning and History

In 1954, Atomic Energy Commission Chair Lewis Strauss envisioned a day when “our children will enjoy in their homes electrical energy too cheap to meter.” Strauss was placing his bets on nuclear fusion, which, sixty years later, is still on the drawing board. And the meters are still ticking away.[read more]

Atomic Balm: Some Prominent Environmental Veterans are Talking up Nuclear Power as a Climate Change Solution

February 16, 2015 by Peter Dykstra
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Environmentalism and Considering Nuclear

In recent years, some major science and environmental players have come forward to endorse nuclear power. Former EPA Administrator and Obama climate czar Carol Browner, for examples, signed up for the newest effort to sell nuke plants, the year-old Nuclear Matters, founded by electric giant Exelon in 2014.[read more]

Royal Commission Into Nuclear Will Open a World of Possibilities

February 11, 2015 by Barry Brook
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Australia and Nuclear Development

South Australian premier Jay Weatherill on Sunday announced a formal inquiry into the future role of the state in the nuclear fuel cycle, which will be tasked with considering options across the full gamut of mining, enrichment, energy and storage. Currently, mining is its only involvement.[read more]

IEA: The World Needs to Construct Twice As Many Nuclear Power Plants Each Year

February 5, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Nuclear Plant Construction and Need

The nuclear industry will need to bring 12 gigawatts of capacity on-line every year for the next decade in order to meet the 2-degree global temperature target. By 2050, the industry will need to add an additional 530 gigawatts of capacity in order to boost nuclear generation to 17% of global production.[read more]

Slowly Accelerate Fast Reactor Development

February 5, 2015 by Rod Adams
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In one corner: people certain that breeder reactors that can effectively use the earth’s supply of fertile isotopes should be pursued as rapidly as possible. In the other: people who are just as certain that those devices have been proven to be such failures that it would be absurd to invest any more in them.[read more]

Should NRC Spend Time and Money Simplifying Transition to Decommissioning?

January 26, 2015 by Rod Adams
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In the past three years, five nuclear reactors in the United States have permanently ceased operations and are in the process of transitioning to a decommissioning status. There is not a well defined process for making that transition and for applying appropriate, risk-informed regulations.[read more]

Can an Advanced Nuclear Reactor Design Ever Be Approved in the US?

January 12, 2015 by Eric Wesoff
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Advanced Reactor Design Approval

Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced that it is collaborating with Canadian firm Terrestrial Energy to develop the firm's proprietary Integral Molten Salt Reactor technology to the engineering blueprint stage -- and perhaps to regain some North American technological leadership in advanced nuclear power.[read more]

ThorCon: Demonstrated Molten Salt Tech Packaged With Modern Construction Techniques

January 9, 2015 by Rod Adams
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ThorCon is a packaged nuclear power plant concept from Martingale, Inc. that is designed to wring capital costs out of nuclear plant construction. The company visionaries have recognized that the biggest hurdles to building new actinide-fueled reactors are the initial capital investment.[read more]

As 2014 Has Come to a Close, Nuclear Energy is at a Crossroads - Again!

January 1, 2015 by Milton Caplan
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Nuclear Crossroads

Looking back at 2014, the nuclear industry has had its ups and downs. There were setbacks as France formalized its intention to reduce its reliance on nuclear going forward, Sweden pulled back after its most recent election, and in Finland the Olkiluoto 3 project was delayed once again.[read more]

With US Nuclear in Decline, Scientists and Analysts Urge Support for Next-Generation Technologies

December 24, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Even with countries like China and India looking to boost their low-carbon energy supplies with nuclear, project developers around the world have faced long delays, cost overruns, and strong competition from natural gas and distributed resources, as well as policies designed to phase nuclear out entirely.[read more]

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U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 2: Mitigating Future Energy Security Risks from Large Imports Disruptions

December 17, 2014 by John Miller
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Uranium Security and Supply Risk Prevention

In the previous ‘U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 1’ report we covered current-future World & U.S. Nuclear Power generation, primary sources of nuclear fuels, and the growing risks to imported supplies. Here we will cover promising policies and strategies for mitigating future potential uranium fuel imports disruption risks.[read more]

DoE Announces $12.5B in Loans for Advanced Nuclear

December 17, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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DoE Advanced Nuclear Loans

The Department of Energy issued a loan guarantee solicitation for $12.5 billion on Wednesday for innovative nuclear projects. This comes on top of $8 billion for advanced fossil energy projects last December, and $6.5 billion for two nuclear reactors in February, the first new to be built in the U.S. in about 30 years.[read more]