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Jacopo Buongiorno: Bringing Outside Knowledge to the Nuclear Industry

November 20, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Nuclear Industry Knowledge

Here’s a paradox facing today’s nuclear power industry: On one hand, an exciting range of new fission and fusion reactor technologies has spawned a number of startups. But market dynamics have conspired against the uptake of enabling technologies developed in other fields that could bring new options to nuclear.[read more]

Nuclear Facts and Feelings in Pink and Green, by Sunniva Rose

September 4, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear and Public Opinion

Sunniva Rose is a nuclear engineer working on her PhD at the University of Oslo. She is also a talented public speaker who likes to capture her audience’s attention, partially by choosing colors like pink and green to highlight facts about nuclear energy, deaths per terawatt hour, and growth in human population.[read more]

Licensing Advanced Reactors in the United States

September 3, 2015 by Rod Adams

In the space of a few minutes, Eric Loewen, a past president of the ANS and an engineering leader at GE-Hitachi, was hypothetically elevated through a series of positions including Chairman of the NRC, Secretary of Energy, President of the United States and President of the World.[read more]

Entrepreneurial Startups Tackle Advanced Nuclear Reactor Designs

July 16, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear Designs

Almost three dozen firms representing $1.3 billion of investor money are pursuing technological innovations in the field of nuclear energy. A June 2015 report by the Third Way, a Washington, DC, think tank, details the mix of firms includes small startups and big-name investors like Bill Gates.[read more]

A New Look for Nuclear Power

June 26, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Nuclear Design Innovation

A novel nuclear power plant that will float eight or more miles out to sea promises to be safer, cheaper, and easier to deploy than today’s land-based plants. In a concept developed by MIT researchers, the floating plant combines two well-established technologies — a nuclear reactor and a deep-sea oil platform.[read more]

Chinese Nuclear Firms Compete Abroad for Exports and for Market Share at Home

May 5, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear in China

Two giant rival Chinese state-owned nuclear firms are pulling out the stops to achieve success with exports and increased market share of the restarted domestic reactor construction program. The so-called Hualong One, a 1000 MW PWR type reactor, is being hawked by both firms.[read more]

Nuclear Energy: Fast Reactors Come and Go

May 1, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Amid all the interest in small modular reactors using well known light water technologies, occasionally fast reactor start-ups appear on the technological horizon. Several such start-ups have recently garnered media attention due to their focus on either molten salt or thorium fuel.[read more]

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi Goes Shopping for Nuclear Reactors

April 13, 2015 by Dan Yurman

One of the things the head of state gets to do when on an international, multi-nation trip is draw up a list of things to buy and bring home. For India’s Narenda Modi, it is about finally settling on the terms of a long pending contract for six nuclear reactors in Jaitapur, and the uranium to fuel them, which top the list.[read more]

Obama Administration Quietly Seeks Extra Boost for Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

March 26, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Last week, the president issued an executive order mandating a 40% cut in carbon dioxide emissions across government agencies. Buried in the list of qualifying clean energy technologies was a reference to small modular nuclear technologies that are smaller and less capital-intensive than light water reactors.[read more]

Would Standardized Nuclear Plant Designs Prevent Construction Overruns and Delays? Lessons From the 1970s

March 18, 2015 by Will Davis

Nuclear Plants and Design Efficiency


Delays and cost overruns are running rampant in new nuclear plants under construction today in 2015. This is more or less the morass in which nuclear plant construction became mired in the 70's, when an innovative management approach was developed to ease the process: SNUPPS.[read more]

Transatomic Power: Anatomy of Next

November 9, 2014 by Rod Adams

New Nuclear Ideas

Dr. Leslie Dewan is a co-founder and the CEO of Transatomic Power, a start-up based on research conducted at MIT. Dewan is exploring a design that uses a molten salt fuel that enables materials currently classified as “nuclear waste” to provide the heat source for a steam power plant.[read more]

Russia Continues Sustained Fast Breeder Reactor Effort

July 1, 2014 by Rod Adams

Russia Reactor Development

On June 26, 2014, the 60th anniversary of the start of the 5 MWe Obninsk reactor that was the first reactor in the world to routinely supply electricity to a commercial power grid, Russia started up the latest in a series of sodium-cooled fast reactors, the BN-800.[read more]