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The UK Plans to Become a Global Center for Small Nuclear Reactors. Can it Succeed?

February 4, 2016 by Dan Yurman

UK and the Nuclear Industry

In addition to its plans for building four huge nuclear power stations, the UK government has also announced it wants to become a global Centre for the development and manufacturing of small modular reactors. This blog post assesses the UK’s plans and concludes that it could succeed, maybe.[read more]

Why the Next Generation of Nuclear Energy Technology Innovation Won't Be like the Last One

January 4, 2016 by Dan Yurman
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Changes are taking place in the industrial world that will shape the future of the nuclear industry. The nuclear industry must respond to the Fourth Industrial Revolution which is taking place in Europe and Asia and will soon influence the United States.[read more]

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Ten Cost-Effective Ways to Make Your Business More Eco-Friendly

December 25, 2015 by Terri Engels

Green Business

It’s easy to understand why many businesses have been slow to ‘go green’. Environmentally friendly options often added more cost, for little business benefit. Today, sustainability is now a major global issue and there’s little doubt that upcoming regulations will make greater demands on the business world.[read more]

Gear Up for a Violent Uranium Price Spike, Says Cantor Fitzgerald's Rob Chang

December 24, 2015 by Jim Patrick

The price of uranium is still in the doldrums, but that will change soon—and violently, says Rob Chang of Cantor Fitzgerald Canada. In this interview with The Energy Report,he explains that electric utilities will begin to run short of fuel even before 2020, when 33 additional reactors are expected to come on line.[read more]

Marin Katusa's Transformative Vision of a Post-Fission/Denison Merger Uranium World

November 12, 2015 by Jim Patrick

Energy Mergers and Risks

Investors have spoken, and they said they don't want a merger of Fission Uranium and Denison Mines. In this interview, Marin Katusa, founder of Katusa Research, shares his insight on why Fission investors rejected the deal and where he is finding value in the uranium and oil sector today.[read more]

The Chicken & Egg Conundrum of Forging a Future for Advanced Nuclear Reactors

September 14, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear and Paying for Market Entry

The latest study about the prospects for alternatives to building large light water reactors is a study by the RAND Corp. The study is a readable ramble through the brambles and thickets of the economic, technological, and especially the regulatory landscape of bringing an advanced nuclear reactors design to market.[read more]

NRC Calls Off Expensive Search for Witches

September 11, 2015 by Rod Adams
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The NRC announced that it would stop funding the National Academy of Sciences’s effort to study whether or not populations that are exposed to radiation doses that are a tiny fraction of average background radiation related to proximity to licensed nuclear energy have an elevated risk of contracting cancer.[read more]

Optimism is the Way Forward: Nuclear Power Delivers

August 31, 2015 by Milton Caplan

Nuclear Power Potential

We had an important piece of good news this month as Sendai Unit 1 was restarted in Japan, ending a long period of no nuclear generation in that country after the Fukushima accident in 2011. Sendai Unit 2 is following close behind and Japan will continue to restart many of its nuclear plants.[read more]

NRC Puts San Onofre Complaint to Rest

August 14, 2015 by Dan Yurman

The U.S NRC dismissed a complaint against Southern California Edison (SCE) brought by the anti-nuclear group Friends of the Earth (FOE). It alleged that the utility failed to obtain approval from the NRC for a license amendment to install the new steam generators which ultimately failed[read more]

Japan Restarts First Nuclear Reactor Under New Safety Rules

August 12, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Japan and Nuclear Energy

On August 11th, Kyushu Electric Power Company's 846 megawatt (MW) Sendai Nuclear Power Station Unit 1 became the first reactor to be restarted after nearly two years with no generation from any of the nuclear power plants in the entirety of Japan.[read more]

China Will Soon Surpass South Korea, Russia, and Japan in Nuclear Generating Capacity

July 23, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Nuclear Growth

Nuclear power currently makes up slightly more than 2% of China's total power generation. However, China has a stated goal to provide at least 15% of overall energy consumption by 2020 (increasing to 20% by 2030) from non-fossil fuel sources, including nuclear, hydroelectricity and other renewable sources.[read more]

Department of Energy Sharpens the Budget Axe for South Carolina MOX Plant

July 20, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear Power and the DoE

As part of a unique nonproliferation agreement with Russia, the US is building a mixed oxide fuel production plant in South Carolina to downblend 34 tonnes of weapons grade plutonium with uranium oxide (U308) to make it into mixed oxide fuel (MOX). The Russians are disposing of a similar tonnage of plutonium.[read more]

Entrepreneurial Startups Tackle Advanced Nuclear Reactor Designs

July 16, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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Nuclear Designs

Almost three dozen firms representing $1.3 billion of investor money are pursuing technological innovations in the field of nuclear energy. A June 2015 report by the Third Way, a Washington, DC, think tank, details the mix of firms includes small startups and big-name investors like Bill Gates.[read more]

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Energy Community Offers Targeted Recommendations on Nuclear Innovation

July 8, 2015 by Todd Allen
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Nuclear and the Energy Community

As global action builds in response to the dual challenges of growing energy demand and climate change, nuclear energy is increasingly in the spotlight. Nuclear has an important role to play in the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, checking many of the boxes that align with our shifting priorities.[read more]

Demand for Small Modular Reactors may be Impacted by Supreme Court Ruling on EPA Coal Plant Emissions

July 6, 2015 by Dan Yurman

SMRs and Supreme Court Rulings

The US Supreme Court recently threw out EPA’s coal emissions regulations that if implemented would have forced many utilities to close older coal-fired plants. The new emissions controls are aimed at mercury and other toxic pollutants which are not removed from stack emissions by current air pollution controls.[read more]