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  1. Hi,

    First of all this blog rocks!!!

    You have enlighten the importance of the atomic energy as the absolute answer for the energy problems of the humanity!

    Could you provide sometime more information on future technology development in the field – fast breeders, small reactors, the supergrid etc. !? There are talks that the electric grid has to be decentralized and become more Internet-like, as a software consultant, I wonder what role the software might play in this kind of eventual development?

  2. (Copy and paste from ypur blog…)

    About the discussion on Westinghouse APR and Areva EPR, can you compare the two technologies (or link

    precise references)? I mean, thermal efficiencies, net power installed, enrichment needs, burnups achievable, foreseeable cost per kW and time of costruction and so on? I didn’t find precise figures about them. I think there are a lot of difference between the two reactors, aside the power generated (and maybe the “phlosophy” of design), I’m very interested about..

  3. Here is a good summary paper on these Gen III reactors (it also has links to original sites):


    For fuel enrichment information, you will likely need to check the design certification sections at the NRC (nrc.gov, then go to new reactors). My guess is that enrichments and thermal efficiencies will not be TOO different. The EPR has the advantage of being similar to current plants vs the AP-1000 which uses more passive equipment, but is less similar to current plants. We will have a better idea about costs once a few of each have been built (e.g., TVO-3, Sanmen, etc.).

  4. Finally got caught up and heard this episode today. Loved the group dynamic, and thought of a topic that might be appropriate for such a setting:

    With the prospects of nuclear power looking up, a lot of us that had to leave the industry could use suggestions to get back involved.

    In my case, I graduated in 1994 having worked for a utility and plant in a co-op education stint for nearly a year total experience. Even with the experience in nuclear analysis, 2D and 3D fuel placement scoping, safety analysis, current analysis codes, etc, there were slim pickings, a bare handful of interviews, and I went to a computer track to feed the family.

    I haven’t touched anything within the industry in many moons, other than the typical mild evangelism that all nukes get assigned the day their major is changed. Any suggestions on getting back to old form and back into the industry?

  5. Mr. Bell –

    Have you tried the GE temp side? I know they have a lot of work on licensing the ESBWR. Also, with your analysis background, you might try renuke.com as they often show opportunities in analysis as well. Good luck and welcome back to nuclear.

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