Category: Nuclear

NuScale Brings Small Modular Reactor Technology to Canada

NuScale, the American company behind the development of the forthcoming Small Modular Reactor (SMR), has made a push to bring their potentially revolutionary technology to Canada. Last month the company submitted the first of four proposals to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (the CNSC) for a review of their SMR design as a way to… Read more »

Trump Eyes 2021 for a $1.2 Billion Budget Proposal in Nuclear R&D

President Donald Trump remains committed to bolstering the nuclear industry despite prior administration rollbacks. Following his proclamation that the “revitalization of the domestic industry and the ability of domestic technologies to compete abroad,” President Trump recently signed a proposed budget of $1.2 billion for 2021 for the nuclear industry to invest in the research and… Read more »

US Nuclear Reactors – Earth’s Oldest?

US Nuclear Reactors to become Earth’s Oldest Twenty-Five miles south of Miami, two nuclear reactors loom against the Atlantic horizon: on one side of this picture the twin Turkey Point reactors draw reflections in the glass water—on the other side, behind them and up the coastline, a country simmers their shadow. The decision by the… Read more »

True Climate Change Goes Beyond Reducing Carbon Emissions

For this point in human history, where we have the most advanced and powerful tools ever known to man at our fingertips, where we have mapped the earth and drawn designs upon the stars, split molecules and are knocking very resoundingly on the door of artificial intelligence. We sure seem to have a very jejune… Read more »

U.S. Department of Energy Invests in New Test Reactor

Despite the recent maelstrom that has become nuclear energy discussions in this United States, the Department of Energy is reaching above the fray in pursuit of innovative technologies to propel the industry forward. This time, it enlisted some seriously deep and well-connected pockets. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his armada of resources (both financial &… Read more »

Lessons Learned | Germany’s Nuclear Energy Abdication

In this American landscape where the word nuclear has been sandbagged and vilified, we would do well to observe the effect Atomausstieg or “nuclear phase-out” has had on Germany’s energy outlook. Reeling from Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011, German Chancellor Angela Merkel began what has become known as the Energiewende—Germany’s “energy revolution”, a comprehensive plan… Read more »

NRC Approves First Small Modular Reactor Permit

In a move that could have ripple effects throughout the industry, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved a permit for the construction of a small modular reactor under the auspices of the Tennessee Valley Authority. The first of its kind in the United States, the permit grants the TVA twenty years to build and install… Read more »

NRC Grants First-Ever 80 Year Extension

The NRC grants the first-ever 80-year license renewal extension to Turkey Point in Southern Florida. OTEK provides meters for the facility. In a move that will surely turn environmentalists and climate change activists green with envy, the American Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) passed a referendum to extend a nuclear power plant’s operating license for 80… Read more »

Technical Innovations to the Rescue of Aging I&C Rooms

Technical Innovations to the Rescue of Aging I&C Rooms Dr. Otto P. Fest Digitization of main control rooms is no longer an option for the rich and affluent nuclear power plants. The world Nuclear Power Plant fleet consists of about 350 NPP’s 35 years or older, with about 93 of them in the USA. The… Read more »

Regulatory Policies Hampering Valuable Climate Change Technology

In the ever-escalating fight for climate change policy in the United States, it may be the policies themselves that are preventing valuable technology from being sewn into progress. Racked with climate lawsuits, protests, and befuddling bills languishing in bureaucratic red tape, the clean energy debate in this country consistently overlooks a major asset in lowering… Read more »