Nuclear Power

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]

Atomic Show #249 – All-Electric America by Freeman and Parks

January 27, 2016 by Rod Adams

There are a number of visionary sections of the book that appeal to me. However, I was not surprised to find out that the book takes a strong position in opposition to nuclear energy. I’ve long been aware of S. David Freeman, his career in the electricity production enterprise, and his forty-fifty year old position on nuclear energy.[read more]

Nuclear News Roundup for 1/24/16

January 25, 2016 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear News Roundup for 1/24/16[read more]

Nuclear News Roundup for 01/17/16

January 18, 2016 by Dan Yurman

A roundup of nuclear news as of January 17th.[read more]

Trending Topics: After Paris, The State of America's Electricity Sector Emissions

January 6, 2016 by America's Power Plan

Electricity Sector Emissions

With the Paris talks just ending and policymakers thinking about how to meet national commitments, it is a useful time to review the current status of the United States power sector emissions and energy trends that will be shaping the next decade.[read more]

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

January 4, 2016 by Dan Yurman

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]

Virginia Loves Nuclear But Hates Uranium. Why?

January 4, 2016 by Rod Adams

Virginia may be the only state in the United States with an actual law that is designed to create a public-private partnership structure whose mission is to strengthen, promote, and support the development of its nuclear energy and technology industries.[read more]

Richard Lester's "A Roadmap for U.S. Nuclear Energy Innovation"

December 31, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy Future in the U.S.

Dr. Richard Lester, the Japan Steel Industry Professor and Associate Provost for International Activities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), published a thought and discussion provoking piece titled A Roadmap for U.S. Nuclear Energy Innovation.[read more]

SEVMORPUT Completes Trials After Overhaul; Signs for the Future

December 31, 2015 by Will Davis

Nuclear Powered Ships

ROSATOMFLOT, operator of Russia's nuclear powered icebreaker fleet, recently announced that the unique nuclear powered, icebreaking cargo ship SEVMORPUT (which means "Northern Sea Route") has completed its shakedown cruise after undergoing a heavy overhaul.[read more]

Caldeira, Emanuel, Wigley, and Hansen Statement at COP 21 on December 4, 2015

December 28, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy and Emissions Reduction

During COP 21, Energy for Humanity hosted a press conference at which four climate scientists gave statements about why they believe that nuclear energy must be included in the effort to reduce CO2 emissions from the the power sources currently used to enable our modern, increasingly prosperous society.[read more]

Addressing Remaining Concerns About Nuclear Energy

December 24, 2015 by Rod Adams

In recent years, critical thinkers who have habitually objected to using nuclear energy have conceded that it has a good safety record and that its CO2 and other air pollution emissions are a tiny fraction of produced by the most efficient natural gas power plants.[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]

2016 Look Ahead for Nuclear Energy

December 21, 2015 by Dan Yurman

This is the annual look ahead for the global nuclear energy industry. While it is too early to predict whether the high concept promises of the COP 21 climate change conference will translate into concrete being poured for nuclear power stations, there are a number of positive developments.[read more]

Wind Power Saves New Yorkers Money on Electricity After Unexpected Shutdown of Indian Point Nuclear Unit

December 21, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

Wind Power and Energy Replacement

Wind energy came to the rescue of New York's electricity consumers this week, as a unit at the Indian Point nuclear power plant located in Westchester County unexpectedly went off-line on Monday evening, most likely due to an electrical disturbance.[read more]

Abundant and Economic: Nuclear Power Delivers

December 18, 2015 by Milton Caplan

Nuclear Energy Economics

Critics of nuclear power generally focus on two main issues: safety, mostly concern that the consequences of a possible nuclear accident are not worth the risk; and cost, with many noting that nuclear is a high cost option that just diverts funds from the real environmental options for future generation, wind and solar.[read more]