Jim Conca

NuScale Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Moves Another Step Forward

Jim Conca

The small modular nuclear reactor designed by NuScale has received an order to prepare for a combined construction and operating license application to build their SMR as part of the Carbon Free Power Project of Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS).

International Marine Shipping Industry Considers Nuclear Propulsion

Jim Conca

The international shipping industry wants to reduce their rather large carbon footprint and are considering installing nuclear power in their increasingly large ships. It would save billions of barrels of oil per year. And they only have to adopt the Nuclear Navy’s protocols to be safe and easy.

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Why Japan’s Response To Fukushima Radiation Failed, While Utah’s Response To Nuke Test Fallout Succeeded

Jim Conca

Japan used LNT-generated fear of radiation to force harmful actions on its people after Fukushima, while Utah took scientifically-based actions after numerous above-ground nuclear tests dropped three times the amount of radioactive materials as Fukushima on the people of Utah.

America Steps Forward To Expand Nuclear Power

Jim Conca

DOE awarded TerraPower/GE Hitachi and X-energy an initial $80 million each to commercialize their advanced nuclear reactors, planning up to $3.2 billion. They also approved a $1.4 billion award to UAMPS for the development and construction of a 720 MWe NuScale small modular nuclear power plant.

Premature Nuclear Reactor Retirements Could Effect Nuclear Waste Disposal

Jim Conca

Since 2012, 12 commercial reactors have shut down in the U.S., with 27 more planned by 2026, a loss of at least 37,000 MW of capacity and about 5 trillion kWhs from their expected life. The effects may be profound, from a loss of $8 billion in NWFund revenues to the orphaning of their nuclear waste.

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Managers Of $40 Trillion Make Plans To Decarbonize The World

Jim Conca

The IIGCC is a European group of global pension funds and investment managers, totaling over 1,200 members in 16 countries, who control more than $40 trillion in assets (€33 trillion). They have drawn up a plan to cut carbon in their portfolios to net-zero and hope other investors will join them.

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Artificial Intelligence Platform Detects Power Grid Flaws And Wildfire Dangers Better And Faster Than Humans

Jim Conca

Powerlines and equipment problems have been the cause of most recent wildfires. But a new AI and machine vision technology can analyze millions of images of powerlines and towers to find dangerous faults and flaws to help utilities identify problem areas and repair them before a fire starts.

Communities Surrounding Closed Nuclear Power Plants Face Terrible Challenges Moving Forward

Jim Conca

The Nuclear Decommissioning Collaborative’s report on socioeconomic impacts of nuclear plant closures on host communities has some sobering thoughts. Big hurdles are a lack of a national plan and the lack of planning when it would do the most good. But it would be best not to close them at all.

Nature Dying By A Thousand Cuts

Jim Conca

The wild places of the world are disappearing, and will continue to disappear, until they are no more. And it’s all about habitat – we keep taking it away from everything else. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Innovation /innovation Green Tech /green-tech Business energy

Engineering Solutions May Work Better On Coronavirus Than Social Ones

Jim Conca

Americans are not good at following rules. Better to engineer our society so contaminated air isn’t allowed to flow between people. Just like water-borne epidemics were stopped over the last hundred years by building clean water and sewer systems.

New Solar Array With Battery Back-Up Latest Step Forward To Clean-Energy Future

Jim Conca

The not-for-profit Energy Northwest in WA State cut the ribbon on its new utility-scale solar and battery project with more than 11,400 new solar panels that are paired with battery storage - exactly what President-Elect Biden’s new Climate 21 Project is supposed to encourage.

Climate Change Hits Asia Hardest

Jim Conca

McKinsey&Company's Climate risk in Asia report indicates that Asia gets hit hardest by climate change, which shouldn’t be surprising. Asia has more people in coastal cities than all other cities in the world combined, so sea level rise and severe weather will be worse there than anywhere else.

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What Will A Biden-Harris Administration Do For Nuclear Energy?

Jim Conca

Joe Biden has a $2 trillion climate plan that includes nuclear power, particularly development of small modular reactors. His VP choice, Kamala Harris, will likely endorse his plan, which is good if democrats want the plan to succeed at all. Just look at last week’s rolling blackouts in California.

Coal Country Can Retool Itself To The New Energy Future

Jim Conca

Coal Country must redefine itself in the new energy and economic future. They must move away from a single-industry economy toward more a diversified, sustainable economy that includes things like clean energy, environmental restoration, natural resources, broadband deployment, and entrepreneurship.

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Drones Can Reforest The Planet Faster Than Humans Can

Jim Conca

There is more than one reason that we need to reforest Planet Earth, even if you don’t care about climate change. But doing it by hand is too slow. So Flash Forest out of Canada developed drone technology and aerial mapping software, led by ecological science, to reforest areas at 100 times the pace.

Cow Burps – Cattle Industry Poised To Lead The Way To A Cooler Earth By Reducing Methane Content

Jim Conca

A new study out of U.C. Davis shows a dramatic reduction in cattle methane emissions using red seaweed as a feed supplement while significantly reducing the cost of feed. The five-month study found that these reductions were sustained with no change in animal health or in the quality of the beef.

The Energy To Light Christmas

Jim Conca

Lighting our Christmas Spirit in the month of December takes 3.5 billion kWh emitting 3 billion pounds of CO2 and costing $645 million, a pretty good price for some happiness at the end of a very long year. But we could decrease that by 75% if we used only LED lights.

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A Christmas Light

Jim Conca

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house No electrons were flowing, through even my mouse; All devices were plugged by the chimney with care, With the hope that St. Nikola Tesla would share. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Business energy

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Nature Has Economic Value That Needs To Be Valued

Jim Conca

The planet’s stock of natural assets is under threat by our changing climate and our wild destruction of habitats, and many stakeholders across the world are calling for protecting 30% of the Earth's surface. A new report by McKinsey & Company shows how. Think of it as a capital investment.

COVID-19 Kills More Americans Every Week Than All Radiation Deaths In World History

Jim Conca

Every week of September, more Americans died from Covid-19 than died from radiation in all of world history, including WWII. But low level radiation is a great treatment for Covid. So fear of radiation is preventing saving people’s lives and not enough fear of Covid is killing the most people of all.

Microbes In The Gut Are Protective Against Radiation Damage

Jim Conca

Researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have shown that mice exposed to potentially lethal levels of total body radiation were protected from radiation damage if they had specific types of bacteria in their gut, specifically Lachnospiraceae and Enterococcaceae.

Powered By Plutonium, NASA’s New Mars Rover Is Ready To Roll

Jim Conca

Last week, NASA’s new Mars rover, Perseverance, received its nuclear power source, a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator, whose energy is provided by a tiny piece of Pu-238, supplied by the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, which will power the rover for 15 years.

China Has ‘First-Strike’ Capability To Melt U.S. Power Grid With Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon

Jim Conca

China now has a network of satellites, high-speed missiles, and super-EMP weapons that could melt down our electric grid, fry critical communications, and even takeout the ability of our aircraft carrier groups to respond. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Aerospace & Defense /aerospace-defense Business energy

Superheroes Need To Be Environmentally Conscious, Too

Jim Conca

SaveOnEnergy came out with their list of which Marvel Comics superheros are the most eco-friendly. They used a ranking system based on several eco-factors for 30 of the top superheroes, to rank Spider-Man at the top and Iron Man at the bottom.

Preliminary Data Suggests Low-Dose Radiation May Be Successful Treatment For Severe Covid-19

Jim Conca

Human medical trials have begun on severely ill COVID-19 patients using low-doses of radiation. The first results on a very small group at Emory University Hospital were published this week and the results were quite extraordinary. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Business energy

How Extremophile Bacteria Living In Nuclear Reactors Might Help Us Make Vaccines

Jim Conca

Extremophiles like the bacterium D. radiodurans that can withstand levels of radiation thousands of times what most animals can, are able to help us make vaccines faster, cheaper and safer. They use special molecular protectors to shield their repair proteins but not their DNA or RNA.

Some Politicians Do Care About Nuclear Matters

Jim Conca

The misrepresentations of nuclear power from ideological groups is being countered by a bi-partisan group of high-level politicos in Nuclear Matters. Watch their Nuclear Caucus on this Tuesday, August 4th. Anyone can participate.

Feeding The Planet Isn’t Science Fiction - It’s Cultivated Meat

Jim Conca

Combine animal stem cells with nutrients, salts, pH buffers, and growth factor in science-fiction-like vats and you get actual meat without growing the whole animal. It’s called cultivated meat production and will probably meet the world’s meat requirements in a decade or so. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Food & Drink /food-drink Business energy

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Debunking Fears Of Nuclear Waste At California’s San Onofre Reactor

Jim Conca

During a virtual meeting held by Southern California Edison's Community Engagement Panel, experts considered a number of Doomsday Scenarios that could threaten the nuclear waste stored at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant. But things got weird with fear of things like short-range missiles. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Innovation /innovation Science /science Editors' Pick editors-pick Business energy

Climate Change Driving Forests To Smaller And Younger Trees

Jim Conca

A new study by scientists at PNNL shows that ongoing environmental changes are transforming forests worldwide, resulting in shorter and younger trees with broad impacts on global ecosystems. Stunted growth from rising temperatures more than offset any growth gains by increased CO2 fertilization. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Business energy

How Covid-19 Has Changed The Way Americans Use Energy

Jim Conca

Nationally, power consumption dropped 4% compared to the same time period last year but it was different for different states, according to a new study. Power requirements for workdays basically dropped to Sunday levels under the lockdown.

Green Fuel On The Horizon - Achíni Green Crude

Jim Conca

Achíni Scientific announced that they have developed a way to make fuel from air and water, which they call Green Crude – green because it doesn’t add to the atmospheric CO2 burden and it burns cleaner than petroleum-based fuels. .

Nuclear Power Does Slow Climate Change

Jim Conca

Why are we trying to close nuclear plants that have been relicensed as safe for another 20 yrs? To save a penny to spend on renewables and say that helps climate change? As all climate scientists agree, prematurely closing nuclear plants is bad for the climate. And it doesn’t save any money at all

Where Do We Stand On Uranium In The Post-Pandemic Energy World?

Jim Conca

Uranium has outperformed major commodities this year, even as the energy sector has suffered from the coronavirus pandemic. Uranium prices have risen significant since the pandemic began, up to $34 from $24/lb. Uranium supply and nuclear power should not be much affected in the post-pandemic world. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Business energy

Japan’s Expert Panel Agrees That Dumping Radioactive Water Into The Ocean Is Best

Jim Conca

An expert panel is recommending that the Japanese government allow Tokyo Electric Power Company to release radioactive water from its crippled Fukushima nuclear plants into the ocean. And that’s a good thing to do since a gallon of this water is as radioactive as a family-sized bag of potato chips

Nuclear Steps Up Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Jim Conca

As COVID-19 spreads, thenuclear field is stepping upwith a unique diagnostic technique calledRT-PCR, whichhelps detect and identify this coronavirus accurately within hours in humans, as well as animals that can host it.It can tell us a lot about exposure and transmission paths of the virus

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3D Printing Has Entered The Nuclear Realm

Jim Conca

3D-printing has come to nuclear and it’s saving a lot of time and money, like 90%. Right now, it’s best for small spare parts, in developing micro-reactors, and in using new high-tech materials like carbon fiber composites, but expect it to eventually end up on Mars. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Innovation /innovation Science /science Business energy

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Carbon Engineering - Taking CO2 Right Out Of The Air To Make Gasoline

Jim Conca

Extracting CO2 from air is the best way to reverse global warming without resorting to expensive technologies, convoluted tax schemes or preventing billions from getting sufficient energy. If you then make gasoline from it, then you’d kill two birds with one stone. That stone is Carbon Engineering

Atomic Weapons Testing While Troops Looked On – Did It Increase Their Cancer Risks?

Jim Conca

A new study reports on 114,270 nuclear weapons test participants that were followed for up to 65 years. Contrary to decades of anecdotal reports, the study concluded that there were no statistically significant occurrence of cancers or adverse health effects from radiation among these soldiers. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Innovation /innovation Science /science Business energy

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Could Low Doses Of Radiation Raise COVID-19 Survival Rates?

Jim Conca

Low-dose radiation to the lungs is the best therapy to reduce the mortality rates from COVID-19. It reduces the cytokine storm - the deadly uncontrolled systemic inflammatory response of the body, flooding the lungs and killing the patient. It’s why we need ventilators. Radiation reduces the storm.