Improving light water reactors at MIT

The Innovations Report – a web site published in Germany – recently posted an article titled MIT engineers work to improve nuclear power generation that describes two projects by MIT researchers aimed at improving the performance of light water reactors. (That term is used to describe both pressurized and boiling water reactors that use ordinary […]

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Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) want less energy dependence

Kommersant (Russia’s Daily Online) published an article titled Russia’s Neighbors Splitting Gas Into Atoms on September 27, 2006. It tells the story of ambitious nuclear power plans in the Ukraine and in Belarus. Both countries see nuclear power as a way to reduce their natural gas consumption and their dependence on Russian suppliers. Last winter, […]

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Discussion about the UCS report about "unlearned lessons"

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has recently published a report titled Unlearned Lessons from Year-plus Reactor Outages that makes some rather absurd claims. The most glaringly wrong comment from the web site that has been set up to market the report is the following: This event—an outage at a nuclear power plant that lasts […]

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The Atomic Show #030 – Nuclear energy: Status and outlook

Impressions of talk by the Nuclear Energy Institute President. Shane and I start off the show by congratulating the voters in Sweden for their recent election of a new government. The leaders of the parties that seem likely to form the new coalition government have declared that they will not shut down any of Sweden’s […]

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Thought question – Will China buy $8 billion worth of nuclear power plants from a Japanese owned company?

There is an often discussed plan for China to purchase four large nuclear reactors at a cost of about $2 billion per reactor. This deal has been in the works for quite some time; two years ago on September 12, 2004, People’s Daily Online published a story titled Foreign energy giants bid for China’s nuclear […]

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Westinghouse narrows field in search for nuclear engineering center

Westinghouse is searching for a site where it can locate a facility capable of housing 1000 nuclear engineering and support people. Eventually, Westinghouse plans to expand the facility to house as many as 2000 people. The list of potential locations has just been narrowed to sites in western Pennsylvania, North Carolina and South Carolina. According […]

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Energy pulse discussion about wind generation performance in recent heat wave

There is an excellent and well debated article on Energy Pulse titled Wind Generation’s Performance during the July 2006 California Heat Storm. I encourage you to go read the article and as much of the comment thread as you can. Though it is quite long, there is much of value there and it is a […]

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Thought provoking opinion about nuclear on TomPaine.com

There is an interesting opinion piece on TomPaine.com written by Peter Bradford and Kurt Gottfried titled Nuclear Deficits that I think every nuclear advocate needs to read carefully. In preparation for any battle, whether it is actual warfare, a football game, or an intellectual debate, it is always worth the effort to try to understand […]

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