Karen Street produces a thoughtful blog titled A Musing Environment. In a recent post, she makes a case for increasing energy R&D – Increase R&D, don’t cut it. I generally agree that there is a need for more development of high payoff energy technologies with certain focused research efforts to solve known problems. Unfortunately, most government agencies have a poor record of obtaining value from their research efforts. It takes a special kind of technical leadership to separate the wheat from the chaff and the good ideas from the wacky dreams. My experience in numerous government projects has not given me confidence that there is a wealth of talent available to provide that kind of leadership.
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Rod Adams is Managing Partner of Nucleation Capital, a venture fund that invests in advanced nuclear, which provides affordable access to this clean energy sector to pronuclear and impact investors. Rod, a former submarine Engineer Officer and founder of Adams Atomic Engines, Inc., which was one of the earliest advanced nuclear ventures, is an atomic energy expert with small nuclear plant operating and design experience. He has engaged in technical, strategic, political, historic and financial analysis of the nuclear industry, its technology, regulation, and policies for several decades through Atomic Insights, both as its primary blogger and as host of The Atomic Show Podcast. Please click here to subscribe to the Atomic Show RSS feed. To join Rod's pronuclear network and receive his occasional newsletter, click here.