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Is Water a Barrier to a Low-Carbon Energy Future?

March 19, 2012 by Jesse Jenkins
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Ask an expert on clean tech what the largest barriers to a low carbon energy future are, and chances are they will list higher technology costs, policy barriers, or the need for new infrastructure to accommodate novel energy sources.[read more]

Details about mPower from Powergenworldwide.com and Chris Mowry

March 3, 2010 by Rod Adams

PowerGenWorldWide.com has published a fascinating interview with Chris Mowry, President and CEO, Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) Modular Nuclear Energy titled The mPowerTM Modular Reactor. The conversation goes into significant detail about B&W's design decisions, target market, engineering constraints, and desire to make use of its...[read more]

Nukes: Why small is beautiful

February 22, 2010 by Marc Gunther
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If anyone tells you they know what building a new nuclear power plant is going to cost, be skeptical. No one has built a commercial nuclear power plant in decades in the U.S. During the 1970s and 1980s, cost overruns derailed more than 100 reactors. (Ever-increasing regulatory burdens and sky-high interest rates drove up costs, too.) In...[read more]

Update on Babcock and Wilcox mPower Modular Reactor

November 21, 2009 by Rod Adams

During the ANS Winter Meeting, I stopped by the B&W booth and had a chat with some of the booth representatives about the progress that the company is making on its mPowerTM modular reactor. We had a good conversation about steady progress and a project that is meeting its planned milestones. I received a promise for an updated set...[read more]

What is Exelon's Interest in B&W's mPower™ Modular Reactor?

June 13, 2009 by Rod Adams

Craig Lambert is Director of Engineering, New Business Development, Exelon Generation Company, LLC. He was the tenth and last speaker at the B&W hosted press conference announcing their mPower™ modular reactor. In the above video, he describes Exelon's analysis of some of the potential benefits that can come from modular...[read more]

Toward a Low-Emission Electricity Standard

June 11, 2009 by Geoffrey Styles

McDermott International, Inc. announced yesterday that its Babcock & Wilcox subsidiary will begin marketing a 125 MW small-scale nuclear power plant design. Their press release also indicated that the company has a letter of intent from the Tennessee Valley Authority and a group of municipal utilities to use this technology. This...[read more]

B&W's mPowerTM Reactor - Who Says America is Behind in the Nuclear Renaissance?

June 11, 2009 by Rod Adams

Sometimes, games really do change while few people are watching. That is what happened yesterday when Babcock and Wilcox announced their mPowerTM modular nuclear power plant. The big difference is not the basic technology - after all, the mPower reactor is a pressurized water reactor using the same kind of coolant, the same kind of heat...[read more]

Nuclear Power and "The Media"

June 10, 2009 by Rod Adams

During my nearly thirty years of being a nuke, I have participated in hundreds of conversations about the basis for the widespread misunderstandings about the technology that are held by the general public. A variety of possible causes have been proposed over sodas, beers and glasses of wine including weaknesses in a public education...[read more]