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Big Bets in Energy Technology From "Beyond Petroleum"

As an energy industry observer with a long memory, I was somewhat bemused by a recent interview aired on Platts Energy Week. Bill Loveless sat down with David Eyton, BP’s head of technology, to talk about the exciting new technologies that his...

Posted October 31, 2013    

Tour of Fukushima Daiichi as of September 2013 [VIDEO]

Though I would dearly love to have the opportunity to visit Fukushima Daiichi to obtain a first hand view of the efforts being undertaken to clean up after the effects of the tsunami and earthquake, this video is the next best thing to a personal...

Posted October 26, 2013    

Bruce Power: Unique Public-Private-Trade Union Partnership to Enhance and Restore Assets

Bruce Power has successfully restored the four units at Bruce A with the cooperation of private industry, trade unions and the provincial government. The relatively compact site now houses 8 large nuclear units with a total generating capacity of 6,...

Posted October 23, 2013    

European Renewable Energy Subsidies Under Fire From Major Power Generators

The leaders of electric power companies owning half of Europe’s generating capacity have joined together to inform the European Union that its policies are leading to a dangerously unstable power grid. According to GDF Suez CEO Gerard Mestrallet,“...

Posted October 17, 2013    

Robert Stone Addresses Anti-nuclear Heckler at Australian Showing of Pandora's Promise

From the moment he first started thinking about producing a documentary that showed nuclear energy in a favorable light, Robert Stone, the director of Pandora’s Promise, recognized that he was going to be under intense scrutiny from people that...

Posted October 16, 2013    

Turning Small Modular Reactor Concepts Into Reality in Idaho Falls

In the past half dozen years, the term “small modular reactor (SMR)” has entered the nuclear energy lexicon. Numerous projects have been initiated to develop various concepts, all aimed at producing nuclear reactor based power plants that are small...

Posted October 14, 2013    

McMurdo Station: The New York of the Deep Freeze South [VIDEO]

(Note: If you are impatient and do not want to watch cute photos of penguins, skip to 19:06 to learn more about the reasons why the PM-3A, a 1,500 kilowatt nuclear electricity generator and process heat supply system, was such a valuable contributor...

Posted October 10, 2013    

Cutler Plant Demolition: Memorable Smokestacks Knocked Down [VIDEO]

While preparing a presentation for delivery at a local college, I ran across a video of Florida Power & Light’s August 10, 2013 demolition of the historic Cutler power plant in Palmetto Bay, Florida. Cutler Plant’s tall smokestacks played a role...

Posted October 9, 2013    

How Painful Will the Coming Spike in Natural Gas Prices Be?

There is a good reason for American nuclear energy professionals to learn more about the dynamics of the natural gas market. We have been told numerous times that cheap natural gas is making our technology less and less viable in the competitive...

Posted October 3, 2013    

Smaller Nuclear Energy Plants Can Be Beautiful, Despite Opposition

Dr. Edwin Lyman, Senior Scientist, Global Security Program, Union of Concerned Scientists, has published a paper titled Small Isn’t Always Beautiful: Safety, Security, and Cost Concerns about Small Modular Reactors that poses many questions about...

Posted September 29, 2013    

US Nuclear Energy Plant Performance August 2013

I realize that I may be accused of cherry-picking a particularly good month for US nuclear power plants, but I wanted to share something that helps to explain why I am so darned enthusiastic about nuclear energy’s potential to improve the human...

Posted September 23, 2013    

Anniversary: 80 Years Ago Leo Szliard Envisioned Neutron Chain Reaction

On September 12, 1933, slightly more than 80 years ago, Leo Szilard was the first person to imagine a reasonable mechanism for releasing the vast quantities of energy known to be stored in atomic nuclei. As it turned out, his concept worked the...

Posted September 21, 2013