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 award to UAMPS for the development and construction of a 720 MWe NuScale small modular nuclear power plant.

Nuclear Power And The 2020 Presidential Candidates

Jim Conca

14 candidates support nuclear in some way, 9 do not, and 1 is unclear. Leading climate scientists say we can't address climate change without nuclear power. Supporting nuclear power is a clear signal about how serious a candidate is about climate change and how serious they are about science

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Will Nuclear Power Grow in the Future?

U.S. Green Technology

Nuclear power is a polarizing subject in the United States. Research has shown an even split in public opinion, with 49% of Americans in favor of nuclear power and 49% against it. The post Will Nuclear Power Grow in the Future? Alternative Energy alternative energy alternative energy politics nuclearThis mixed reception is the product of domestic energy prices, safety concerns and the historical crises that engendered them. With the accident at.

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? As all climate scientists agree, prematurely closing nuclear plants is bad for the climate. To save a penny to spend on renewables and say that helps climate change? And it doesn’t save any money at all

Nuclear Power Plants - Refueling Amid COVID-19

Jim Conca

Nuclear plants refuel only once every two years. Local officials in Pennsylvania asked Limerick Nuclear Plant to delay refueling, but the company says refueling is needed for vital reliable power to the region's hospitals and critical facilities But the COVID-19 pandemic has caused problems.

Nuclear power hinders fight against climate change

Eco-Business

Countries investing in renewables are achieving carbon reductions far faster than those which opt to back nuclear power

U.S. CO2 Emissions Rise As Nuclear Power Plants Close

Jim Conca

Closing nuclear power plants ahead of schedule is a bad idea if you care about the environment, if you care about carbon emissions. That’s because nuclear is the best source of low-C energy and actually produces most of our low-C electricity, over 800 billion kWhs – twice as much as all renewables

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.

Nuclear Power - Where's The Uranium Coming From?

Jim Conca

Mostly from Canada and Australia. The bottom line is that there’s lots and lots of U in the world, and more keeps being discovered. U resources increased about 25% over the last decade, which has kept prices low. As long as we don’t go to war with Canada, we should be OK for a long time to come

Commentary: Nuclear Power Does Slow Climate Change

CleanTech Alliance

Contrary to claims by those who just don’t like nuclear, every time nuclear plants close, carbon emissions go up. The unnecessary closing of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power […]. Source: James Conca, Forbes, Nov 25, 2019 Indeed it does. Using opaque financial jargon, grandiose claims for renewables, and political spin, doesn’t change this. There a number of examples. Commentary

Small-Scale Nuclear Power Plants – Have We Reached an Inflection Point?

CleanTech Group

Energy & Power Nuclear Small Scale Nuclear Power Plants Small Scale Nuclear Power PlantLast week two barge-mounted reactors in Russia started providing electricity to the coastal town of Pevek, marking the official start of operations for.

Hurricane Florence No Problem For Nuclear Power Plants

Jim Conca

Hurricane Florence makes landfall in the Carolinas, the most powerful storm to hit so far north in the U.S. Devastation is expected on many fronts, but the nuclear power plants are ready and will weather these storms better than almost anything else Isaac and Helene are fast on her heels.

America’s Nuclear Navy Still The Masters Of Nuclear Power

Jim Conca

America’s Nuclear Navy is one of the oldest and largest nuclear organizations in the world, and has the world’s best safety record of any industry of any kind. There are over a hundred nuclear reactors, which are actually small modular reactors, that power 86 submarines and aircraft carriers

Any Green New Deal Is Dead Without Nuclear Power

Jim Conca

But the roll-out hiccupped a bit on the role of nuclear energy, at first dissing it, then saying “clean was OK”. Which is good since without nuclear it won’t work Congressional members rolled out their "Green New Deal" in February that calls for a rapid shift to carbon-free energy.

Nuclear Power Provides A Whole Lot More Than Just Energy

Jim Conca

Like all nuclear power plants, the nuclear plant near Richland, WA provides a significant economic boon to the region, providing over 9 billion kWhs of carbon-free electricity at-cost, $690 million in economic output and supporting 4,000 jobs/year, all while continuing to break production records

Nuclear power ‘cannot rival renewable energy’

Eco-Business

Far from tackling climate change, nuclear power is an expensive distraction whose safety is threatened by wildfires and floods, experts say

Can Nuclear Power Plants Resist Attacks Of Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)?

Jim Conca

NuScale has made their new small modular reactor resistant to electromagnetic pulses, among all other disaster scenarios, and most other reactor designs should follow. EMPs are one of those things many people think is fake, or over-blown, or a conspiracy theorist’s dream. But they are real

Why The World Needs More Nuclear Power

R-Squared Energy

Last week someone asked me “Are you pro- or anti-nuclear?” My thinking is more along the lines of “Can we meet global carbon dioxide emission targets without nuclear power?” Further, these regions have managed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions while reducing nuclear power.

How 1,500 Nuclear-Powered Water Desalination Plants Could Save The World From Desertification

Jim Conca

And even better to power them with small nuclear reactors. Many plans have been hatched to bring more water to CA, but it’s better to build desalination plants. Thirty desal plants produces a billion gallons/day and would cost the same as a water pipeline stealing water from the Pacific Northwest

Commentary: Bitter Cold Stops Coal, While Nuclear Power Excels

CleanTech Alliance

Source: James Conca, Forbes, Nov 29, 2019 As I woke up to Thanksgiving yesterday, I realized we in the Pacific Northwest had been cyclone bombed for the holiday. A Bomb Cyclone is when the barometric pressure drops by at least 24 millibars in 24 hours. The winds were wicked last night and kept us awake […]. Commentary

Climate Change, Capitalism And Nuclear Power -- The Closing Of Duane Arnold

Jim Conca

NextEra Energy will close Iowa’s only nuclear plant in 2020. Officials say closing the nuclear plant will save as much as $42/year in savings for residential customers. Save $42 to lose 5 billion kWhs of carbon-free electricity by building gas plants, or to spend $2 billion on new wind farms

'Missing link': Could nuclear power up the clean hydrogen industry?

Business Green

The world can meet the Paris climate goals and save "trillions" of dollars by building a new generation of modular nuclear reactors to create clean hydrogen, a new report suggests.

Why The World Needs More Nuclear Power

R-Squared Energy

Renewables Catching Nuclear Power In Global Energy Race. Today, I want to discuss nuclear energy. First, I will cover the statistics on nuclear energy, but then I want to highlight why it is important that we continue to develop and advance nuclear technology. Nuclear: By the Numbers. In 2018, the world produced 2,701 terawatt-hours (TWh) of nuclear power. But global nuclear power generation has risen every year since 2012.

Hitachi ditches UK nuclear power projects

Business Green

Developer Horizon Nuclear Power, which is owned by the Japanese engineering conglomerate, this morning confirmed it was fully winding down all its current development activities for the two projects, both of which had already been on ice due to difficulties in securing additional investor partners.

Nuclear Power Under Attack Again - This Time From The Ballot Box

Jim Conca

Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Arizona, our biggest power plant, is under another political attack that could cause Arizona to lose not only its biggest source of electricity of any type, but its biggest source of low-carbon energy, ten times what all of its renewables are producing

Has US Nuclear Power Reached Its Half-Life?

Forbes Green Tech

While nuclear power is growing in some parts of the world, such investments are seen as quite radioactive in the US. Time will tell if small modular reactors are able to provide a new nuclear renaissance, but it appears that the days of building the large plants are over

Nuclear power: still 'no thanks' in 2020?

Business Green

Peter Michaelis, head of Liontrust's Sustainable Investment Team, considers whether new nuclear power is a worthwhile investment in the race to net zero. Nuclear generation, in absolute terms, has never been higher, with close to 450 reactors around the world.

Rolls-Royce targeting mini nuclear power stations by 2029

Business Green

Rolls-Royce is aiming to have mini nuclear power stations up and running across the UK from 2029, claiming its smaller reactors can produce energy at a cost comparable to renewables projects. The engineering giant is leading a consortium bid to build Small Modular Reactors (SMR) at old nuclear sites in Cumbria and Wales. But some experts warn smaller reactors could push costs up, citing the nuclear industry's long history of cost-overruns with new reactor designs.

Floating Nuclear Power Plants Could Save Numerous Lives

R-Squared Energy

Last month the Akademik Lomonosov, a first-of-its-kind floating nuclear plant built by Russian state nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom, arrived at Pevek, a port town on the remote Chukotka Peninsula in the Russian Arctic. There, the plant is expected to provide power to about 100,000 homes. However, despite this promise, the Lomonosov has come under fire from anti-nuclear groups. A case in point is Germany, where anti-nuclear sentiment has long historical roots.

Bernie Sanders' Plan to Phase out Nuclear Power Draws Attacks — Here's Why They're Wrong

DeSmogBlog

One line of attack, coming from many different sources, focuses on Sanders' plan to phase out nuclear power, but the arguments, and who is behind them, deserve a closer look. Tags: nuclear energy Bernie Sanders action on climate change Michael Shellenberger Manhattan Institute Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy

Renewables Catching Nuclear Power In Global Energy Race

R-Squared Energy

Hydropower still produces more electricity globally than the Renewables category, which consists primarily of rapidly-growing wind and solar power, as well as more mature renewable technologies like geothermal power and power produced from biomass. To put these numbers in perspective, the following graphic shows the global percentage each of the major power sources contributed to electricity generation in 2018: Global share of electricity production.

K&L Gates Debate Series Debate #1 Recap

CleanTech Alliance

Alliance News Member News Public Policy debate series events K&L Gates nuclear powerOn Thursday, August 13, the CleanTech Alliance hosted the first ever virtual debate and wine tasting, sponsored by K&L Gates. First, Jon Okun from the CleanTech Alliance welcomed everyone and introduced Endre Szalay from K&L Gates. Endre spoke briefly about the debate series and introduced the winemaker who provided the tasting kits for attendees, Terry […].

Advanced Nuclear Fission’s Role in the Energy Transition

CleanTech Group

In May, the US Department of Energy launched the $230 million Advanced Nuclear Reactor Demonstration Program. Energy & Power Nuclear Sector Insights Small Scale Nuclear Power PlantsThrough a public/private collaboration, two reactors will.

What You Need to Know About Nuclear Power

AGreenLiving

This article is the fourth in a six-part series that explores … The post What You Need to Know About Nuclear Power appeared first on Earth911.com. Go here to read the rest: What You Need to Know About Nuclear Power. Eco Eco Tech about about-nuclear appeared-first article earth911-com- energy first-on-earth911 fourth power six-part-series the-fourth

Nuclear reactor drains un-blocked

Envirotec Magazine

Drainage engineers from Lanes Group have used new pipe cleaning technology to solve persistent drain blockage problems at a nuclear power station. They used a new Picote mini cleaner and an electro-mechanical cutter to clear drains in one of the two reactor halls at Heysham power station in Lancashire (pictured, above). The stainless steel 75mm-diameter drains were installed when the power station was built in the 1970s.

Nuclear power can deliver a 'levelled-up' green economy - with the right support from government

Business Green

Sue Ferns of trade union Prospect argues the government can help ensure nuclear power provides a vital plank in the net zero transition. But, with rumours that the new Chancellor is about to foreclose on new nuclear , the government risks sabotaging its own agenda from the outset. New nuclear is widely acknowledged to be a critical component of the clean energy mix needed to meet our net zero emissions goals.

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. And they only have to adopt the Nuclear Navy’s protocols to be safe and easy.

UN report: Urgent action needed to tackle chemicals outlook on pollution as global production is set to double by 2030

Green Living Guy

green living Breaking Green News carbon emissions chemicals Environment EPA global warming green business green living news Nuclear Power Problems sustainability Toxic Waste To EnergySize of the global chemical industry exceeded US$5 trillion in 2017 and projected to double by 2030.

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.

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.