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IFR breeding, LFTR breeding

There is some good natured rivalry, and perhaps some not so good natured rivalry between the backers of the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) and the backers of the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR). Both are so called Generation IV technologies....

Posted January 15, 2010    

Nuclear Proliferation: Devices and Weapons

Discussions of nuclear proliferation are tainted by some fundamental problems. Some academic "nuclear proliferation experts" appear to be unable to distinguish between nuclear weapons and nuclear devices. There are important differences. A...

Posted January 8, 2010    

Natural and Offensive Nuclear Safety

The reactor accident at Three Mile Island is often named nuclear critics as a major reason for opposition to reactors. In fact, the Three Mile Island accident established the validity of the "Defense in Depth" nuclear safety concept beyond all...

Posted January 7, 2010    

The EIA Foresees Failure in Fight Against Climate Change

Mathematician Mary Hutzler, is an important voice in energy forecasting. Before she left the Energy Information Agency in 2004, Mary had served as both the acting administrator and deputy administrator of the agency. She was also the director of...

Posted December 30, 2009    

Short Trip, EV Transportation

In a recent post, Brian Wang discussed the use of light electrical vehicles in China, and recent light EV technology developments. The unwritten mission statement of Nuclear Green foresees the electrification of society as a consequence of the...

Posted December 30, 2009    

Is Nuclear Power Too Risky to Afford?

Currently anti-nuclear ideologues are touting the line that nuclear power is too expensive. But too expensive in what ways? Nuclear critics have pointed to a report by Citigroup Global Markets on Nuclear Risk Factors. It states: There are five...

Posted December 21, 2009    

India moves ahead with an ambitious nuclear program to combat global warming

More evidence is emerging that the Nuclear Power Corp. of India (NPCIL) is planning to finance future nuclear construction through debt financing. Both local and international sources will be tapped. NPCIL plans to raise at least $6.5 billion from...

Posted December 18, 2009    

If Most of What I Know Comes from Google, Why Do I Know More Than Eric Schmidt?

Eric Schmidt gets nuclear costs wrong. I am looking at a presentation that says Eric Schmidt is wrong about the relative costs of nuclear and renewables. Way, way, way wrong. This is not one of those phonied up, propaganda extravaganzas by...

Posted December 17, 2009    

The COP15 problem is not climate change skepticism, it is anti nuclear fanaticism

We are in a historic transition period between energy technologies that are clearly failing, and an as of yet uncharted new energy system. As in many moments of major historic transitions confusion reigns. The transition is a product of a double...

Posted December 10, 2009    

Alvin Weinberg, Prophet of CO2 Driven Global Warming

 Alvin Weinberg greets President Kennedy during a visit by the President to Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Weinberg was one of Kennedy's science advisors.Update Note: This post was one of the first I wrote for Nuclear Green in December 2007....

Posted December 8, 2009    

Indian Nuclear Cost, The Indian Oil Company Deal

More evidence is emerging that a major reason that Indian nuclear cost is so low, is that they are basically overnight costs. Indian nuclear costs, up until now appear to have been appropriated, rather than paid through borrowed money. A recent...

Posted December 7, 2009    

Nuks and the Grid: "Smart Grid" Verses Smart Grid Design

A computer simulation of a nuclear dominated grid is not nearly as urgent an issue as the computer simulation of of a renewables dominated grid. We know that reactor generated power is reliable enough that a nuclear dominated grid will be at least...

Posted December 2, 2009