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HTR-PM: Nuclear-Heated Gas Producing Superheated Steam

The first HTR-PM (High Temperature Reactor – Pebble Module), one of the more intriguing nuclear plant designs, is currently under construction on the coast of the Shidao Bay near Weihai, China.This system uses evolutionary engineering design...

Posted June 28, 2014    

Hollande's Proposed "Cap" on Nuclear Electricity Capacity

France’s President Francois Hollande and his Socialist Party ran on a platform that included scaling back France’s dependence on nuclear energy. It was not a very popular part of his campaign pitch, but Sarkozy was such a flawed candidate that...

Posted June 26, 2014    

Existing Nuclear Plants are Valuable and Worth Saving

Many currently operating nuclear plants are in danger of being permanently shut down due to temporary conditions including low, but volatile natural gas prices, improperly designed markets that fail to recognize the value of reliable generating...

Posted May 19, 2014    

China Nuclear IPO Discussion from WSJ

The Wall Street Journal has published an article titled China National Nuclear to Raise $2.6 Billion in IPO that describes the plan for a major nuclear power plant owner to go public.Here is a quote from the article:China aims to reach 200 gigawatts...

Posted May 6, 2014    

Should Anti-Fossil Expansion Movement Align with Pro-Nuclear Movement?

On April 11, 2014, Roger Annis, a member of the Vancouver Ecosocialist Group, gave a talk at the University of California Santa Barbara. The talk was titled Oil, tar sands, coal, natural gas: What’s behind the expansion drive of Canada’s and North...

Posted May 4, 2014    

Vermont Yankee: Clean Kilowatt Cow That Deserves Saving

Vermont Yankee is a 650 MWe nuclear power plant in excellent physical condition. It has an operating license that is valid through 2031 and it is run by a well-trained operational staff.It supplies power to a grid where 60% of the capacity comes...

Posted May 3, 2014    

IPCC Working Group III Recommends Nearly Quadrupling Nuclear Energy

A few of my pronuclear friends have been disappointed by the treatment of nuclear energy in the recently released final draft of the IPCC working group III Summary for policy makers. For example, Steve Aplin at Canadian Energy Issues thinks that the...

Posted April 20, 2014    

Some Lessons Were Learned from TMI, Others Were Not

Three Mile IslandOn March 28, 1979, a little more than thirty-five years ago, a nuclear reactor located on an island in the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, suffered a partial core melt.On some levels, the accident that became known...

Posted April 6, 2014    

Vogtle Construction Update Video

This video provides an encouraging view of the positive impact that the Vogtle expansion project is having on the local community. It’s 4,000 – 5,000 construction jobs is just one part of the economic impact; that $23 million dollar property tax...

Posted April 5, 2014    

SMRs: Why Not Now? Then When?

I have shamelessly borrowed the title of one of the talks given during the first day of the Nuclear Energy Insider 4th Annual Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Conference as being representative of both the rest of the agenda and the conversations that I...

Posted April 2, 2014    

Nuclear Energy: Past, Present, and Future

On Friday, March 28, 2014, I had the privilege of attending a symposium at Dartmouth College titled Three Mile Island 35th Anniversary Symposium: The Past, Present, and Future of Nuclear Energy. If you are curious and have a free nine hours, you can...

Posted March 31, 2014    

What a Waste – Vermont Yankee is in Beautiful Condition

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vermont is a relatively young steam plant that uses a low-cost, essentially emission-free fuel. It is strategically located in an area with few fossil fuel resources, extreme weather, and frequent...

Posted March 29, 2014