Ask Atomic: What limits reactor fuel burnup?

Several people have either sent email or made a comment on the Atomic Insights Blog about the factors that limit reactor fuel consumption (burnup). Here is one of the questions with my answer. This question came from Iain, who blogs at http://ambivalentengineer.blogspot.com Rod, Could you please explain something to me, or point me at some […]

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Huaneng Power International leads effort for follow on Chinese pebble bed

Bloomberg News has published an article about a recently announced project led by Huaneng Power International to build a 200 MWe pebble bed reactor. The system will be based on technology originally developed almost 50 years ago by Rudolf Schulten in Germany. The Chinese version will use experience gained by building and operating the HTR-10, […]

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President Bush Weekly Radio Address – 18 February 2006

Using words that could almost have been taken from President Eisenhower’s 1953 Atoms for Peace speech, President Bush recently elaborated on his recent State of the Union comment about investing in energy solutions – including “clean, safe nuclear energy”. The full text of his 18 February 2006 radio address is posted on the White House […]

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Annual Energy Outlook 2006 from the US Energy Information Agency

Annual Energy Outlook 2006 from the US Energy Information Agency is available at http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/aeo/index.html. I make a lot of use of the annual reports, but I recognize that the future projections are very iffy. The report authors understand their limitations as seers and caution report readers to evaluate the scenarios presented with a good understanding […]

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Germany, Britain push for EU joint energy policy

The international Financial Express published an article on 18 February 2006 titled Germany, Britain push for EU joint energy policy. The article makes the following statement: Blair — on his first official visit to Germany since the conservative Merkel took office last November — said key energy issues included research and development of renewable sources, […]

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Decommissioning Oyster Creek would hurt Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey

I wrote a letter to the author of a 16 February 2006 article from the Asbury Park Press titled “Closing Oyster Creek would be anything but simple.” The article told its story mainly from the point of view of people that were fighting the license renewal process and talked about things like stopping the production […]

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Man Bites Dog Syndrome is Alive and Well

I’ll admit it. I am a wee bit jealous of the attention that Patrick Moore and his Greenspirit Strategies are getting for their pro-nuclear stance. Mr. Moore is definitely on the right track now; he and his organization recognize that abundant, emissions free, nuclear energy is a boon for mankind. They are advocating a reasonable […]

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San Francisco Chronicle – Matter of Fact Article on Nuclear Power Growth

On Sunday, 12 February 2006, the San Francisco Chronicle published an article by Stewart M. Powell and Judy Holland titled Nuclear power plans surge ahead: 14 new plants set to go online in 10 states over next 20 years. Though the article discusses topics that really nothing new for readers of Atomic Insights, the article […]

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