The Atomic Show #26 – Helium, MIT study, coal

Topics range from helium to coal and include high temperature gas reactors. Shane and I get our groove back and engage in a geeky discussion on topics ranging from helium to coal and somehow manage to include such topics as aviation safety, nuclear engineering career paths, computing the cost of common products like a liter […]

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Atomic Show 26 – From Helium to Coal via Ayn Rand

Show number 26 of The Atomic Show has been posted. Shane and I engage in a geeky conversation with topics ranging from helium in Russian natural gas wells to cost competition with coal. Somehow we manage to include some information about deep sea diving, The Fountainhead, and the assumptions underlying the 2003 MIT study titled […]

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Opportunities and challenges for nuclear power growth in the United States

There are two important articles about nuclear power from diverse information sources that cry for a mashup. (For those readers who are not fully up to speed with Web lingo, you can learn about three different kinds of mashups from Wikipedia.) On August 16, 2006, Dale Klein, the recently appointed Chairman of the US Nuclear […]

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Eskom interested in both conventional nuclear and PBMR

Eskom, the South African state owned utility that has been involved in the research and development process for the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) since the early 1990s is also entertaining the idea of building additional light water reactors. The company classifies the PBMR as an R&D project and does not see it as a […]

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Washington Times review of Jeff Goodell's "Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future"

The Washington Times is a conservative paper that many DC workers purchase to provide “balance” to their perception that the Washington Post is full of liberal bias. I give that to you as a preface before mentioning that the paper has published a review of Jeff Goodell’s new book titled “Big Coal: The Dirty Secret […]

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Amarillo, Texas might be the site of the first US nuclear plant in several decades

George Chapman, an entrepreneur, developer, cattle rancher and former nuclear power plant welder is building a formidable team to help him build one of the first new nuclear plants in the United States in more than a decade. The most recent of several stories about the project was written by Karen Welch Smith and published […]

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At least one Amarillo resident does not support Amarillo Power

Grace Mojtabai has written a letter to the editor of the Amarillo Globe News titled Just hold on a minute with the nuclear reactor that mentions the biggest reservation that I have about the project – typical light water reactors with steam plant secondary systems use a lot of water for cooling. Shane Brown, my […]

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Amarillo Power seeks indication of local support

According to AEDC adds nuke plant to agenda, by Karen Welch Smith of the Amarillo Globe News, the next small step in the long process of licensing and building a new nuclear power plant near Amarillo, Texas is to obtain a formal indication of support by the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation. The article also reports […]

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Russian aluminum producers sign up to invest in nuclear power

Aluminum production is a very energy intensive industry. A couple of Russian producers have recently signed MOU’s to support research and development of new nuclear power plants by the Federal Agency for Atomic Energy. You can learn more by reading an article in the Jamaica Gleaner News titled Russian aluminium producers eye new nuclear power […]

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