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Black and Veach on the Future Cost of Energy

I recently called attention to Breakthrough Institute's report, How to Make Nuclear Power Cheap. This report called attention to the potential use of advanced nuclear technology to lower and even dramatically lower nuclear costs.  This point...

Posted October 25, 2013    

Breakthrough Institute on Cheap Nuclear Energy

Low cost, abundant, carbon free energy that can be quickly available is the key to averting a climate disaster.  Wind and solar energy are unreliable and lack the capacity to be produced on demand.  Energy storage technology is expensive...

Posted October 7, 2013    

Why I Believe that Nuclear Energy is the Safest Form of Energy

One of the advantages of having a father who was a nuclear safety researcher is that I had a chance to look at nuclear safety from the inside rather than from the outside. Most of my father's work during his twenty-nine year Oak Ridge career was...

Posted September 9, 2013    

Is Nuclear Green Progressive?

I have to credit Meredith Angwin for including Nuclear Green Revolution with other progressive pro nuclear bogs. My impression, at one point, a few years ago was that most pro nuclear bloggers were progressives. Even Kirk Sorensen who has identified...

Posted August 27, 2013    

Distributive Generation and Nuclear Energy

Amory Lovins popularized the idea of distributive electrical generation as a foil to the emerging nuclear power industry.  Lovins argued that what was needed was not large nuclear generation facilities, but small localized generating facilities...

Posted August 20, 2013    

The Cost of Wind Energy: Part II

In Part I, we explored past and present wind costs and noted rapid inflation. This was the first step in an exploration of David Roberts' claim that renewable electricity was less expensive than nuclear generated electricity, but there are many...

Posted May 28, 2013    

The Cost of Wind Energy, Part I

I have said on numerous occasions that the inspiration for "Nuclear Green" came from David Roberts on Grist. Roberts maintained that the cost of nuclear energy was significantly higher than the cost of renewable energy. I decided to test Roberts'...

Posted May 13, 2013    

Post-Carbon Future: Nuclear Energy and Scalability

One of the myths which we have to contend with as we create the post carbon era is the myth that no single energy source will be so scalable as to be extremely helpful in solving the post carbon energy problem. The post carbon energy problem is the...

Posted February 25, 2013    

The Nuclear Green Revolution

The original title of my pro-nuclear blog was Nuclear Green. The primary interest was in Molten Salt and Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors. As I began to explore the potential of this technology, I came to see more and more possibilities. This...

Posted February 11, 2013    

New Nuclear Technology and Nuclear Proliferation.

During World War II the United States spent a large amount of money on developing nuclear technology. Much of that investment went into industrial systems designed to separate U-235 from U-238, or to transform U-238 into Pu-239. Here such systems...

Posted May 23, 2012    

Which is better for nuclear- Uranium or Thorium?

My last post focused on the uranium as a renewable resource.This seemingly radical view, is supported by well known facts. The question then is, with the renewable nature of uranium, why should we need thorium?Although uranium is virtually infintly...

Posted April 30, 2012    

More on the Denatured Molten Salt Reactor from David LeBlanc

The Denatured Molten Salt Reactor (DMSR) is probably the simplest Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) design. The DMSR concept was first proposed by T.J.Burns et al, in ORNL 5388, Interim Assessment of the Denatured 233UFuel Cycle: Feasibility and...

Posted April 15, 2012