Assembling reliable off grid power system for emergency preparedness

Many advocates of unreliable power sources like wind and solar blithely toss out the concept of “storage” as the panacea that makes their favored energy sources viable competitors in the potentially lucrative business of supplying on demand power. I’m skeptical because I have some experience with operating and budgeting for power systems that use batteries […]

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Atomic Insights Radar – Second week of 2016

Atomic Insights is tracking too many consequential energy stories this week to cover them with individual posts. Here is a rundown with some brief or not so brief commentary. Update: Just a few moments after posting, I opened a press release from the US Nuclear Infrastructure Council (NIC) announcing the results of a DOE Funding […]

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Reliable partnership between natural gas and renewable energy

Naomi Oreskes is the Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. She is also the author of the December 16, 2015 opinion piece published in the Guardian titled There is a new form of climate denialism to look out for – so don’t celebrate yet. […]

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Virginia ANS monthly meeting – Jan 21

The Virginia Chapter of the American Nuclear Society will be holding its monthly meeting on January 21 at the Dominion Innsbrook Technology Center in Glenn Allen, VA. That meeting will be the annual joint meeting with the local chapter of the Health Physics Society. Schedule: Social Hour – 5:30 p.m. Dinner – 6:00 p.m. Presentation […]

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295th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Blogs

Atomic Insights is proud to be hosting the 295th weekly addition of the Carnival of Nuclear Blogs. Here are some of the highlight posts produced during the first full week of 2016. From Yes Vermont Yankee: Vermont Yankee was replaced by natural gas: Doing the numbers By: Meredith Angwin and The replacement for Vermont Yankee […]

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We get by with a little help from our fans

Atomic Insights LLC is a for-profit, tax-paying, publishing company based in the beautiful Blue Ridge foothills of South Central Virginia. Our service for customers is to produce and distribute accurate information about interesting or useful topics associated with atomic technologies. Among other topics we discuss atomic energy innovations, the competitors to atomic energy, radiation health […]

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Why James Hansen might be underestimating nuclear energy’s growth potential and why Joe Romm is wrong

Joe Romm, an energy industry and climate change pundit who was once mentored by Amory Lovins at the Rocky Mountain Institute, recently sat down at his keyboard to produce a piece providing the basis for his opinion that James Hansen, Ken Caldeira, Tom Wigley and Kerry Emanuel — and hundreds to thousands of other nuclear […]

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Lake Gaston Association told to worry about uranium. Also encouraged to ask more questions

On Wednesday, Jan 6, 2015, the Lake Gaston Association (LGA) monthly meeting featured a presentation from Tom Leahy, director of the Virginia Beach Public Utilities Department. The announced topic was an update on uranium mining and coal ash control. I saw an opportunity to combine some exploration of Virginia backroads with the chance to meet […]

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Is slowly rising sea level really a concern for nuclear power plants?

Christina Nunez wrote a piece for National Geographic titled As Sea Levels Rise, Are Coastal Nuclear Plants Ready?. It is a journalistically balanced piece that poses a worrying question about nuclear plant vulnerability. It begins by describing reasons to support nuclear energy along with reasons why some oppose and fear it. It includes critical commentary […]

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Biomass plants can do more than just produce electrons

I’m opposed to subsidies that encourage the cultivation of plants and trees for the sole purpose of converting them into heat or electricity. Often sold under the “renewable energy” brand, such programs can result in substantial harm by paying people to bulldoze rain forests to plant soy or palms for their oil content or by […]

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It’s past time for another GAO investigation of radiation standards

As a former federal agency bureaucrat, I should have thought of this long ago. When agencies disagree over matters with significant budgetary impact, one way to arbitrate the dispute is to involve the people in Congress who are responsible for funding the agencies and the programs affected by their differing points of view. One possible […]

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Physics Today Reader’s Forum: Low-dose radiation exposure should not be feared

Three members of Scientists for Accurate Radiation Information (SARI)–Jeffry A. Siegel, Charles W. Pennington and Bill Sacks –successfully submitted a letter to the Reader’s Forum section of Physics Today titled Low-dose radiation exposure should not be feared. The letter has a powerful conclusion. Many people, though they admit the absence of evidence, nevertheless believe that […]

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