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South Korea to enter small reactor business

South Korea is panning to enter the small reactor market. The South Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology announced on Monday that a consortium of South Korean corporations is developing a small (100 MWe) reactor design, intended...

Posted June 15, 2010    

The LFTR in the American Scientist

The LFTR story has now been told for the July-August Issue of the American Scientist by Robert Hargraves and Ralph Moir. The American Scientist account tracks closely with the views offered by Nuclear Green. Of course, the LFTR community is...

Posted June 12, 2010    

Understanding Molten Salt Reactors: 1. How are MSRs Different from LFTRs?

The name Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) is more inclusive than the name Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR). The LFTR is a type of Molten Salt Reactor that features the use fluoride salts and a thorium fuel cycle. Strictly speaking a LFTR need not...

Posted June 2, 2010    

Bellefonte-1 Moving Forward

Both WBIR TV, the Knoxville News Sentinal and Dan Yurman of Idaho Samizdat are all reporting, based on a newly released Environmental impact statement that TVA is moving toward a decision to complete the long delayed Bellefonte-1 nuclear unit....

Posted May 25, 2010    

The MSR, LMFBR decision: Reason and Science Take a Back Seat

Nuclear Green has in the past offered sketches of the early history of reactor design. The classic reactor design was created by Enrico Fermi, and featured a solid core. Fermi was a physicist, and in a way designed his first reactor as a physics...

Posted May 24, 2010    

Was the Advent of the Power Reactor Premature?

The Light Water Reactor has never been an unqualified success. It is perceived as dangerous by many people, the disposition of its spent fuel remains a matter of political controversy, and it is often alleged, quite wrongly, to be a useful nuclear...

Posted May 17, 2010    

We need a carbon-mitigation cost index

We need a carbon-mitigation cost index. The index should measure the cost of eliminating the emissions of a ton of CO2, or of eliminating a ton of CO2 from the atmosphere. Without a carbon emission cost index, there is no measure of the potential...

Posted February 17, 2010    

20% wind by 2030 not on track

Questions should be asked about the National Renewable Energy Laboratory relationship to the American Wind Energy Association's propaganda machine. The DoE report 20% Wind Energy by 2030: Increasing Wind Energy’s Contribution to U.S. Electricity...

Posted February 16, 2010    

Will We Run Out of Uranium?

I noted on Friday, that there is strong evidence that a nuclear Renaissance is underway, and that the number of new reactors under construction, being planned, and under consideration is rapidly increasing. Brian Wang has pointed out in a private...

Posted February 7, 2010    

Evidence of the Nuclear Renaissance

Nuclear critique Amory Lovins denies that a nuclear renaissance is underway. The World Nuclear Association keeps track of actual and potential reactors world wide in order to determine future uranium demand. The list was created in 2007 and is...

Posted February 5, 2010    

Reading the Obama Administration Tea Leaves

The Obama Administration might be accused of sending mixed signals on its attitude toward the future of nuclear power. First we have first the January 28, 2010 Obama Memo to Energy Secretary Steven Chu: MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY...

Posted January 31, 2010    

The cost of carbon mitigation with renewables

The National Renewables Energy Laboratory appears to be doing or sponsoring some decent quality research. inadvertently some of that research seems to undercut the case for renewable energy, or at the very least provide what should be a very...

Posted January 27, 2010