The Atomic Show #003 (MP3 – 15.1MB – 44min)

Shane and Rod talk about nuclear fuel recycling and ways to reduce the amount of waste that nuclear reactors produce. We also talk about the fact that there are rare materials with unique physical properties locked inside the fuel assemblies that have been removed from nuclear fission reactors. With a proper eye towards converting trash […]

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The Atomic Show podcast is now available on The Podcast Network

Several weeks ago, Shane Brown and I began recording a weekly chat about atomic energy topics for The Atomic Show, which is one of a growing line-up of special interest podcasts hosted by The Podcast Network. Here is the way that we describe the show: A couple of atomic geeks chatting about their favorite technology’s […]

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Northeast Alabama looks forward to new nuclear plant construction

The Times-Journal (Ft. Payne Alabama) published a story written by Mark Harrison titled Nuclear plan key for jobs on 8 March 2006. The Tennessee Valley Authority and The Southern Company are discussing a partnership arrangement to develop the Bellefonte power plant site with two Westinghouse AP-1000 nuclear reactors. The project could bring as many as […]

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The Atomic Show #002

Shane explains how he learned how to scuba dive in New Mexico. Shane and Rod talk about biodiesel, alcohol fuel, Fischer-Trospch synthetic fuels, government subsidies for ethanol, using nuclear heat in synthetic fuels processing and some of the reasons for success for the anti-nuclear lobby. We also ended up talking about reasons for our atomic […]

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The Atomic Show #001

In this episode, Rod Adams and Shane Brown introduce themselves and their show concept. As a couple of self-proclaimed atomic geeks, they care deeply about sharing their knowledge with each other and the world of interested people. Shane is a computer programmer who earned his undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering. Rod is a US Naval […]

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Unions leading the way for new nuclear power in Scotland

The web site titled This is North Scotland published a short article about a recent Labor Party resolution favoring the construction of new nuclear power plants. The article stated that the engineering union Amicus and the National Union of Mineworkers support the notion that nuclear power must be included as part of a balanced energy […]

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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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