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Update on Babcock and Wilcox mPower Modular Reactor

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...

Posted November 21, 2009    

FACTBOX-U.S. Coal Plant captures and stores 2% of its carbon - at a cost of $3650 per kilowatt of capacity for just the CCS system

I saw a deceptive headline in my Google Alert for new nuclear power plants this morning. Can you imagine - a headline writer who chooses a deceptive headline! The story, titled FACTBOX-U.S. Coal Plant captures and stores 2% of its carbon comes from...

Posted November 19, 2009    

Two Meetups At ANS Winter Meeting - Value of Face to Face Interactions

Like many people who blog, I use it as a tool to communicate with people who share a common interest, but not a common location. Sometimes, however, there are wonderful opportunities to actually meet people in person with whom you have shared...

Posted November 17, 2009    

ANS President's Special Session - Global Opportunities For Right-Sized Reactors. Small Or Medium Power Outputs Are Often Just What Customer Ordered

Until very recently, the understanding held by most people associated with nuclear energy has been that nuclear energy plants must be very large to achieve the "economy of scale". Yesterday a group of several hundred ANS meeting attendees heard from...

Posted November 17, 2009    

Day -1 At American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting 2009

Today is the first official day of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Winter Meeting for 2009. The title of this year's meeting is "Nuclear Power: Crafting Energy Solutions". During the plenary session that is scheduled for this morning at 8:00-11:...

Posted November 16, 2009    

President Obama Calls Japan a Model For Nuclear Energy Development

On Friday, November 13, 2009, President Obama paid a brief visit to Tokyo, Japan. As part of his visit, he gave a speech in which he affirmed America's commitment to the basic bargains of the nuclear non proliferation treaty. All nations have a...

Posted November 14, 2009    

BBC Assures World That Natural Gas Is Abundant and Cheap - Just Ask Rune Bjornson Head of Statoil's Gas Divisionbbc

The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is one of the most respected news sources in the world. Its status as a media tax supported organization that does not completely depend on advertising dollars has allowed it to maintain investigative...

Posted November 9, 2009    

Answer to Comment Challenging My Assertion That Nuclear Power Increase Contributed to Low Gas Prices from 1985-2000

This morning I posted a blog talking about how a second round of new nuclear power plants analogous to the one that the US undertook during the period from 1970-1990 might lead to a lengthy period where natural gas supplies will be greater than...

Posted November 7, 2009    

Nuclear Energy Growth Might Turn Promises of Low Natural Gas Prices Into a Reality

Just yesterday, I wrote a lengthy piece talking about how natural gas suppliers are working hard to market their product to both gas customers and to politicians who are making large impact energy policy decisions. One of the marketing bullets being...

Posted November 6, 2009    

Caveat Emptor - Be Wary of Gas Salesmen Claiming Long Term Low Prices

My years as an operating engineer has turned me into a contrarian and a pessimist who is constantly looking for signs of trouble, especially as others get excited and focused on temporary good news. My years as a critical consumer of commercially...

Posted November 5, 2009    

Udall - Testing Pro-Nuclear Waters - Finding a Warm Reception From Some Local Press

Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) has signed on as a co-sponsor for a proposed bill that would, among other things, enable the Department of Energy to increase the amount of research and support that it provides to small and medium sized nuclear power plant...

Posted November 2, 2009    

Differing Perspectives on New Nuclear Power Driven Partially By Different Positions in Society

During his appearance on Friday, October 30, 2009, John Rowe told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee believes that there is no market need to push the development of new nuclear power plants. He also stated that his staff has computed...

Posted November 1, 2009