X-Energy introduced its company and first product to Virginia chapter of ANS

On Tuesday, October 27, three leaders from X-Energy spoke to the Virginia ANS chapter about their company and the Xe-100, the high temperature, pebble bed gas reactor power system that they are designing. During the presentation, meeting attendees learned that X-Energy is an early phase start-up with a total staff of a few dozen people, […]

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Several important nuclear energy developments from the Westinghouse press office

On October 28, 2015, Westinghouse issued a press release titled AP1000® RCP REACHES FULL QUALIFICATION confirming a rumor I heard during my visit to Knoxville last week. The release contained wonderful, sigh of relief, news indicating that the hard-working, under-the-gun engineers and technicians at Curtiss-Wright’s EMD division had achieved their task of building and successfully […]

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Another blogger for nuclear energy – Ecomodernist Mom

This morning I ran across a relatively new blog titled Ecomodernist Mom that deserves to be visited with some regularity. I feel a bit of a kinship to the publisher; she lives in Florida but loves mountains enough to feature them in her site’s banner. She’s a busy mom struggling with raising kids in suburbia, […]

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Using portable nuclear generators to break petroleum logistical dependence circa 1963

Note: The initial version of this post was written based on an incorrect interpretation of the Roman numeral date stamp at the end of the video. The film was made in 1963, not 1968. The post was revised after a commenter provided the correct production date. End note. I have a theory about why the […]

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Appealing to the hearts and minds of the people at APIEL

During the weekend in Knoxville, TN, I met some marvelous people who were friendly, energetic, personable, excited by life, and ready to learn how they could take small steps to make the world a better place. As reported on Saturday morning, I dressed in blue jeans and a high visibility tee shirt sporting an atomic […]

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Goodbye choir, hello public. Evangelizing nuclear knowledge

Yesterday I participated in a packed schedule full of prepared talks by well qualified, highly credentialed nuclear energy professionals. It was in a beautiful, high capacity venue at the Knoxville Convention Center. Sound systems worked well, the MC kept us on schedule and there were several responsive assistants who provided microphones to those who had […]

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Watching elementary school students learning about nuclear science and technology

Yesterday afternoon, I spent a few hours watching about a hundred excited students rotate through several experienctial learning stations set up by volunteers for National Nuclear Science Week in Knoxville, TN. Representatives of the isotope production facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory had provided a remote manipulator simulator. The students were able to take turns […]

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Atomic Show #247 – Jigar Shah, founder SunEdison and Generate Capital

Jigar Shah is the founder of SunEdison, a former CEO of the Carbon War Room, and is currently the President of Generate Capital. He is also a member of The Energy Gang on Greentech Media. Jigar and I have been engaged in some lively discussions on Twitter about the future of solar and nuclear energy […]

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Call to action might be more effective if Bill Nye would stop denying the usefulness of nuclear energy

National Geographic Explorer — now part of the Rupert Murdock media empire — published the below clips of Bill Nye, the bow-tied science guy, beseeching “deniers” to stop denying so that we can all get to work. He calls for an immediate halt to the use of fossil fuels and their replacement with “renewable energy” […]

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Why haven’t major U.S. news outlets discussed the implications of Genie Energy’s potentially huge oil discovery in the Golan Heights?

About a week ago, my UPI energy update feed provided an attention-grabbing headline Major reserve discovery confirmed in Golan Heights. The story subtitle was even more intriguing. Leadership of company behind the find seen as close to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. According to the story, exploratory wells drilled by Genie Energy’s Israeli subsidiary, Afek Oil […]

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Atomic Show #246 – Carmen Bigles, Coqui Pharmaceuticals Update

In November 2014, I spoke with Carmen Bigles, the founder of Coqui Pharmaceuticals, a company that is preparing to build a $330 million medical isotope production facility near Gainesville, FL. Since that discussion 11 months ago, Coqui has made steady progress in completing their construction and operating license application to the NRC for a class […]

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