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On April 8, 2006 the TimesOnline published a short, thought provoking article titled World ‘cannot meet oil demand’, written by Carl Mortished. The article focuses on information provided by Christophe de Margerie, head of exploration for Total. According to M de Margerie, the important fact that is missing when commentators and others talk about energy […]
The South African Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) remains on track to begin construction in September of 2007. According to Tom Ferreira, the project communications manager, the first plant should be operational by 2010. A large portion of the construction and component development is being contracted to local South African firms in an effort to […]
Shane and I talk about the amazing employment prospects for nuclear trained people and for those people willing to learn more about the technology. In general terms, we discuss some of the areas where the third generation nuclear plants that are likely to be constructed have been improved over existing nuclear power plants. We also […]
Despite a negotiated political agreement to shut down its operating reactors at the end of their initial 30 year licensing period, Germany still needs nuclear engineers. It did not produce a single person with a nuclear engineering degree in 2001, but a recent study shows that it is an industry that is facing a wave […]
After a long and detailed look at all of the available alternatives, Finland decided a couple of years ago to begin building their fifth nuclear power plant. That is not news, but some of you might be interested in finding out how the project is going and how it is being received. In an article […]
The BBC is reporting this morning that Australia has signed an agreement with China to supply approximately 20,000 tons of uranium each year under the condition that the Australian uranium will not be used in the Chinese nuclear weapons program. At current world prices of about $35 per pound (USD), the deal is worth about […]
Aiken, South Carolina is a gentile southern city with amazing golf courses, public gardens, a superior school system and many other fine amenities that make it an excellent place to live and raise a family. It is also a place where a group of business organizations have gotten together to convince the federal government that […]
In a comment related to my previous post titled Why is “waste” such a large topic WRT nuclear energy a reader mentioned that there are some clean up issues related to uranium mining. I will post some information about that particular topic sometime in the future, but I just happened to be browsing over on […]
On March 29, I joined Cameron Reilly and Richard Giles on the G’Day World! podcast #102 to chat a bit about energy, technology and world politics. Check it out!
Shane and Rod talk about a new nuclear research project that has been designated at HT3R – pronounced “heater”. It is a 10-25 MW thermal reactor with a closed cycle helium turbine. The project is a partnership between General Atomics, the University of Texas Permian Basin, and Thorium Power. The pre-conceptual design agreement was signed […]
When I get into conversations with people that dislike the use of nuclear power, it never takes long before they ask the often heard question “What about the waste?” As anyone that has ever really looked around the world and visited industrial facilities, it is pretty obvious that most human creative activity produces waste materials […]