Jim Conca

Organic Agriculture Nightmare Tanks Sri Lanka’s Economy

Jim Conca

New solutions for the environment fail if not properly executed. The latest example is organic farming, forced upon all farmers in Sri Lanka by a President wanting to lead an “agricultural revolution” for his own ego, but who shunned scientists and farmers alike. The results have been brutal.

Stop Worrying About Chernobyl – It’s The Russian Invasion That’s Deadly

Jim Conca

Many more people have already died from the Russian invasion than ever died from the Chernobyl accident in 1986, and more people have evacuated and fled than ever did after Chernobyl. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Media /media Business energy

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Irrational Nuclear Fear Puts Sweden In Danger Of Succumbing To Stupidity

Jim Conca

With 78% of the population supporting nuclear power, Sweden’s plan to prematurely shut down its entire nuclear fleet is bizarre, especially since it will add over 2 billion tons of CO2 emissions, cause the loss of $120 billion in taxes and undermine their grid reliability when it's really cold.

Is America Doomed To Become A Second-Rate Country? Even In Nuclear?

Jim Conca

A new report by the National Science Foundation confirms China has overtaken the U.S. as the world’s leader in key scientific measures, including overall number of papers published and patents awarded. scientists also have serious competition from foreign researchers in some important fields.

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

We Can Store Our Excess Renewable Energy In An Energy Vault

Jim Conca

Energy Vault stores excess energy by efficiently transforming it into gravitational potential energy using 35-ton bricks that can be raised and lowered at will, and that can sit still storing the energy for any amount of time, before transforming the energy back to electrical energy when needed.

Energy 280

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).

Zeno Power: Providing Clean Power In All The Hard Places

Jim Conca

Zeno Power has achieved a breakthrough innovation in Radioisotope Power Systems that convert the heat generated from decay of specific radioisotopes directly into electricity, producing persistent, clean power for decades at a time in a lightweight structure.

Which Is More Important To Biofuels – The Soil Or The Crop?

Jim Conca

Biofuels are a key component of a clean energy future, and the soil is more important than the crop. Soil texture influences the local microbiome which in turns influences crop yield, the physical and chemical attributes of soil and the chemical makeup of organic matter in the soil.

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U.S. Air Force Base To Be First To Deploy New Nuclear ‘Microreactor’ - Soon Every Town Could Have One

Jim Conca

Every branch of the US Military is worried about climate change. They have been since well before it became controversial. Their conclusions are climate change is a significant threat multiplier. So their choice of Eielson Air Force Base to receive its first nuclear microreactor is a good one.

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.

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Canada And The United States CrissCross Support For Nuclear Energy's Bright Future

Jim Conca

The United States and Canada have a lot to collaborate on in the nuclear energy field, and they seem to be doing a good job of it. Each country is considering each other’s reactor designs and each has funded or chosen to review some of those from both countries.

Energy 270

Japan Will Release Radioactive Fukushima Water Into The Ocean

Jim Conca

And that’s exactly what they should do. And the International Atomic Energy Agency agrees. Only a small amount of tritium is left, so trivial that it could not harm humans or anything in the environment.

Finland Breaks Ground On Its Deep Geologic Nuclear Waste Repository

Jim Conca

The Finnish waste management company, Posiva Oy, announced the start of excavation on their deep geologic nuclear waste repository for their spent nuclear fuel. Operation of the repository is expected to begin in 2023. The total cost estimate is about €2.6 billion ($3.4 billion).

Waste 350

Wind Turbines On Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills – How Not To Pursue A Green New Deal

Jim Conca

A company out of Boulder, CO called Scout Clean Energy has applied for a permit to build a massive turbine wind farm in Washington State on the Horse Heaven Hills, circumventing the local government. But they’re building it in the wrong state.

How To Defend Against The Electromagnetic Pulse Threat By Literally Painting Over It

Jim Conca

The possible threat of an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) to our grid occasionally crops up in the news. The usual fix is to put metal cages, known as Faraday Cages, around critical components. But we might just be able to paint over it.

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China Will Lead The World In Nuclear Energy, Along With All Other Energy Sources, Sooner Than You Think

Jim Conca

China will soon have more nuclear than America and France combined. China plans to build another hundred reactors by 2035, their domestically-developed third-generation reactor designs, which in turn are based on the Westinghouse AP1000 reactor of the type we are building at Vogtle in Georgia.

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Washington State Senate Bill 5244 – Needed Support For Nuclear Power

Jim Conca

The Washington State Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee drafted a new bill, SB 5244, encouraging the production of advanced nuclear reactors, small modular reactors, and components through the Invest in Washington Act. A very necessary thing to do.

Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Needs A Quick Win For Nuclear

Jim Conca

Passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act last Monday had some nice things for nuclear energy. The overall Bill is a $1.2 trillion for everything from bridges and roads to the nation's broadband, water and energy systems. Nuclear got about $25 billion.

Latest IPCC Report Predicts Disaster - Yet Again. But Not Much Will Happen - Yet Again.

Jim Conca

This week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Sixth Assessment Report, which warns that we will not be able to limit global warming to even 2°C unless there are immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in carbon emissions. Spoiler Alert – it’s already too late.

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.

Cell-Based Meats Need An Ideal Matrix To Grow On

Jim Conca

Where and how you get your food really matters to the climate. Growing real meat without the animal, called cultivated meat, requires only a percent of the water and emits a percent of the CO2 of ordinary meat. But it needs a good foundation to grow on.

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The 2022 Energy Quiz

Jim Conca

Energy will be a hot topic again in 2022. Do you know what natural feature generates the most power in the world? What activity subjects you to the most radiation? What energy source has the biggest deathprint? Take this energy quiz to test your knowledge of the most important issue in your life.

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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.

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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ANEEL: A Game Changing Nuclear Fuel

Jim Conca

A new nuclear fuel made from both uranium and thorium, especially when used in CANDU/PHWRs, can address several issues with nuclear power – proliferation, waste and cost. Plus it’s made-in-America makes it a prime candidate for export to emerging markets.

What’s Happening? Global Emissions Are Still Rising

Jim Conca

Global electricity demand will increase almost 10% by 2022, and half of this will be fossil fuel, particularly new coal in the developing world. Nuclear will grow by only 2%, and is one important reason emissions will grow so much during this period.

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.

Atoms For Peace – ANEEL To Sustain It

Jim Conca

Clean Core Thorium Energy announced that the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s Nuclear Engineering and Science Center has successfully fabricated the first fuel pellets of Clean Core’s proprietary Th-U advanced nuclear fuel technology in partnership with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

Wyoming To Lead The Coal-To-Nuclear Transition

Jim Conca

States like Wyoming and Montana are evaluating replacing coal with nuclear and Bill Gates’ TerraPower, has partnered with GE Hitachi, Bechtel, Energy Northwest, Duke Energy, DOE and the State of Wyoming to do just that with their new 345MW fast reactor with a molten salt-based energy storage system.

Norwegian Nuclear Decommissioning Concludes Deep Borehole Disposal Great Option For Nuclear Waste

Jim Conca

Deep Isolation just announced the results of a study commissioned by the Slovenian Radioactive Waste Management Organisation showing that Slovenia could save money by disposing of spent fuel from its nuclear power plant and its TRIGA II research reactor in one deep borehole repository.

Drought, Heat And Nuclear – Gavin Newsom’s Elephant In The Room

Jim Conca

Governor Newsom issued an Emergency Proclamation regarding California electricity that does little to address the real issues and does not mention nuclear power. Nuclear is the most resistant extreme weather, so why is Newsom closing California’s only remaining nuclear plant?

COP26 – Another Failure For The Planet

Jim Conca

The elephant in the room at COP26 was why nuclear power was excluded from the adult’s table. All nuclear applications to establish exhibits at the COP26 "Green Zone" were rejected…but there was plenty of space for the Soroptimists, the The Froglife Trust and The British Dragonfly Society.

Nuclear Power Continues To Break Records In Safety And Generation

Jim Conca

Energy Northwest in Richland, WA, which operates the only nuclear power plant in the region, the Columbia Generating Station, has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2020. Not to mention breaking all generation records.

Seafloor Mining For Rare Metals – A Brilliant Idea Or Another Environmental Catastrophe?

Jim Conca

Mining manganese nodules on the ocean floor for rare metals doesn’t generate toxic mine waste, uses no child labor and has a life-cycle carbon footprint 90% less than traditional mining. As long as care is taken with the ocean-floor habitat, it is superior to land mining in every way.

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What American's Really Think About Climate Change – The America In One Room Survey

Jim Conca

A highly dynamic deliberative polling experience was carried out by NORC with more than a thousand Americans on the subject of Climate Change. The results were stunning, and showed that Americans can come together on key issues, especially when politicians get out of the way, even on nuclear power.

Centrus Energy And Clean Core Thorium Energy Advance To Next-Generation Nuclear Fuel - ANEEL

Jim Conca

Nuclear fuel supplier Centrus Energy Corporation and new innovative nuclear fuel designer Clean Core Thorium Energy are working together to develop the advanced nuclear fuel ANEEL by combining Th with HALEU.

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Washington State’s Approaching Energy Crisis – Good Intentions Gone Wrong?

Jim Conca

WA State has trouble on the horizon – with its electrical grid, as in not being reliable, and as in risk of rolling blackouts. The trouble stems from decarbonizing. Getting rid of coal is the low-hanging fruit, but just getting rid of it without a real plan to replace it can do more harm than good.

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There Is Still Time To Save U.S. Global Leadership In Nuclear Energy If Congress Doesn’t Cut Off The VTR To Spite Its Face

Jim Conca

Congress is set to cut off funding for the very reactor we need to move nuclear power forward. Called the VTR, it will test new types of reactors that will get ten times the energy of existing reactors and create nuclear waste that is easier to handle and isn’t hot for very long.

Air Pollution Changes Through The Pandemic – A European Barometer

Jim Conca

A new study by Uswitch out of the United Kingdom shows some significant changes in air quality in many major European cities over the last two years. Athens, Greece improved air quality with a ~35% drop in pollutants from 2019 to 2021 while Reykjavík had the highest air pollution increase of ~14%.

Nuclear Power Just Doesn’t Need Much Fuel

Jim Conca

On May 8th, the Columbia Generating Station, the only nuclear power plant in the Pacific Northwest, disconnected from the grid for its biannual refueling. It refueled and connected back to the grid only 42 days later. Just in time for summer’s increased electricity demand.

Helion Energy Raises $500 Million On The Fusion Power Of Stars

Jim Conca

Helion, a clean energy company seeking to usher in a new era of zero-carbon electricity from fusion, just announced its raise of $500 million to be used to complete the construction of Polaris, their seventh-generation fusion generator and the world’s first fusion electricity demonstration facility.