Jim Conca

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.

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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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.

Do New Nuclear Reactor Designs Change The Nuclear Waste Issue?

Jim Conca

The form of nuclear waste makes a difference in repository performance since heat loading and density determine waste spacing and repository size. But nuclear waste takes up such a small volume that these should have little effect on the issue as a whole and we’ll only need a single repository.

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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.

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.

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.

What Would Nuclear Batteries Do For Us?

Jim Conca

Centralized power systems are inefficient and cumbersome in our new technological future. Like the old telephone system that gave way to autonomous locally-controlled hand-held devices, nuclear batteries can make the same change for power to small, mobile, safe, clean, and affordable markets.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Veterans Affairs Knows How To Distribute The COVID Vaccine

Jim Conca

As of 3/20, VHA has delivered over 3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given to over 2 million veterans, VA employees, health care workers and support personnel, this out of about 9 million veterans enrolled in the VA health care programs and about 400,000 employees at the agency.

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A Big Step Towards Decarbonization - The Carbon XPRIZE

Jim Conca

NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, inspiring development of new CO? conversion technologies, chose two winners for their $20-million-dollar grand prize. CarbonCure of Alberta and CarbonBuilt of Los Angeles demonstrated technologies to decarbonize the concrete industry, a huge source of CO2 emissions.

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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.

Natural Gas And Wind Freeze Up When The Going Gets Tough

Jim Conca

Texas’ energy mix of mostly gas and wind did not do well with this week’s extreme cold snap. Gas used for heating increased dramatically, removing much of it from generating electricity, some pipelines froze up and couldn’t deliver, and there just isn’t enough pipeline capacity to begin with.

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.

Rushing To The Coast – The Wrong Way To Adapt To Global Warming

Jim Conca

You’d think climate-influenced human migration would be away from coastal areas flooded by sea level rise. But that’s not what researchers from across the United States and Europe are projecting. Low-lying areas like Bangladesh will probably gain more residents than they lose as flooding gets worse.

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.

Is Mining The Ocean Bottom For Metals Really Better Than Mining On Land?

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 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.

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.

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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.

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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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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

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.

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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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.

Recycling Plastics And Other Important Materials Needs Some Real Help

Jim Conca

We just aren’t recycling the materials that we need to recycle to address climate change as well pollution. America landfilled 27 million tons of plastic in 2018 but only recycled 3 million tons. It’s even worse worldwide.

Past Due Electric Bills An Undue Burden On Americans

Jim Conca

Americans are in even more debt over their electricity use than ever, with an average increase in their monthly bills of about 30% from 2019 to 2020 in unregulated markets like New York and Texas. This doesn't need to be the case.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Researchers Explore Low Doses Of Radiation To Treat Severe Coronavirus Cases

Jim Conca

Low-dose radiation to the lungs may be a good therapy to reduce the mortality rates from COVID-19. The virus causes a cytokine storm - an uncontrolled systemic inflammatory response of the body that floods the lungs and kills the patient. Low doses of radiation can reduce the storm.

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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