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Transatomic Power: Anatomy of Next

Dr. Leslie Dewan is a co-founder and the CEO of Transatomic Power, a venture capital-funded start-up based on research conducted at MIT. Along with Mark Massie, the other co-founder, Dewan is exploring a design that uses a molten salt fuel that...

Posted November 9, 2014    

Tour of NuScale Control Room and Test Facility

Disclosure: I have a small contract to provide NuScale with advice and energy market information. That work represents less than 5% of my income for 2014.On October 20, 2014, I had the opportunity to visit NuScale’s facilities in Corvallis, OR....

Posted October 31, 2014    

Political Battles Hampering Function of Important Agency

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is supposed to be an independent regulator with the mission of regulating the use of radioactive materials to adequately protect public safety, promote the common defense and security, and protect the environment....

Posted October 24, 2014    

Paterson's Plan for CO2 Emission Reductions

Owen Paterson, who served as the UK’s environment secretary until a cabinet realignment during the summer of 2014, is planning to begin advocating a dramatic course change for his country’s energy policy. Instead of the wind-heavy plan that was...

Posted October 15, 2014    

National Academy of Sciences Moving Towards BEIR VIII

As has been reported in numerous articles, there has been a large body of scientific research on the health effects of low level radiation published in the period since the last time the National Academy of Sciences produced a report on the...

Posted October 4, 2014    

Nuclear Energy: What Should We Do with the Waste?

It’s time to declare that the default argument against nuclear energy has been proven invalid. We know how to effectively store and protect used nuclear fuel. We do it routinely. It is not unusually costly or a burden on future generations. They...

Posted September 24, 2014    

Is it Really Necessary to Have a Deep Geologic Repository for Used Nuclear Fuel?

Though I have often received quizzical, almost uncomprehending looks from my type ‘A’ colleagues on submarines and in my other jobs, I’ve often been guided by a simple principal of decision-making – “If it’s too hard, quit.”Please don’t think that...

Posted September 10, 2014    

Helping People Understand the Power Grid [VIDEO]

Recently, the Institute for Energy Research launched a project to help people gain a better understanding of the electric power grid, a marvel of modern society that most people take for granted — unless its product delivery is interrupted for more...

Posted September 6, 2014    

Terrestrial Energy: Molten Salt Reactor Designed to Be Commercial Success [VIDEO]

There is a growing roster of innovative organizations populated by people who recognize that nuclear technology is still in its infancy. Terrestrial Energy is one of the most promising of those organizations because of its combination of problem...

Posted September 3, 2014    

Why Radiation is Safe and Why All Nations Should Embrace Nuclear Energy

Dr. Wade Allison — retired professor of physics and medical physics at Oxford University, author of Radiation and Reason and a founding member of the international SARI group (Scientists for Accurate Radiation Information — has recently published a...

Posted August 23, 2014    

More Non-Nuclear Prescriptions from Shell

Shell, one of the world’s largest natural gas and oil companies, is spending large sums of money creating and distributing beautifully produced propaganda aimed at convincing us all that natural gas can provide increasing supplies of clean...

Posted August 22, 2014    

Shell's Future Scenarios Ignore Nuclear Energy [VIDEO]

One of the reasons I am so certain that hydrocarbon producers dislike the idea of competing with nuclear energy is the fact that their ads, stockholder communications, and predictions of future energy supply scenarios virtually ignore nuclear energy...

Posted August 8, 2014