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Approaches For Addressing and Resolving Advanced Reactor Licensing Challenges

September 1, 2015 by Todd Allen

Reactor License Streamlining

Among the challenges facing today’s innovators is the uncertainty regarding obtaining a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on a timeline that is both predictable and consistent with commercialization and private investment expectations.[read more]

It's Time to Put Nuclear on the Offensive, and Make it the Low Carbon Choice

May 28, 2015 by Milton Caplan

Nuclear and Decarbonization

The expansion ofnuclear power is essential in achieving a future of increased energy security, diversity of fuel supply and lower emissions; and is already expected to have the largest impact on meeting climate goals of any other single technology.[read more]

Argentina Shifts its Energy Focus to Nuclear

May 12, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear in Argentina

Recently, Argentina has catapulted to the front end of global attention on new nuclear builds with deals for three new nuclear reactors, two from China and one from Russia. Additionally, the country has its own nuclear R&D program which supports the development of a 25 MB SMR based on PWR designs.[read more]

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Approves License for DTE ESBWR at FERMI III

May 7, 2015 by Dan Yurman

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has cleared the way for the that agency’s Office of New Reactors to issue a license to DTE Energy to build and operate a GE-Hitachi 1530 Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR).[read more]

TVA Backs Away from Bellefonte

April 15, 2015 by Dan Yurman

In a new Integrated Resource Plan released for public comment this week, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) said it no longer has plans to finish the partially complete Bellefonte Unit I nuclear energy reactor for which construction started in 1974.[read more]

China Restarts its Nuclear Reactor Construction Program

March 12, 2015 by Dan Yurman

China has approved start of construction of two new nuclear power plants, the first such approvals since the Fukushima crisis in Japan in 2011. The China State Council inked the go-ahead decision on February 17th for two new reactors to be built by China General Nuclear Power at the utility’s Hongyanhe plant.[read more]

ThorCon: Demonstrated Molten Salt Tech Packaged With Modern Construction Techniques

January 9, 2015 by Rod Adams

ThorCon is a packaged nuclear power plant concept from Martingale, Inc. that is designed to wring capital costs out of nuclear plant construction. The company visionaries have recognized that the biggest hurdles to building new actinide-fueled reactors are the initial capital investment.[read more]

Vogtle Construction Update Video

April 5, 2014 by Rod Adams

Vogtle Construction

This video provides an encouraging view of the positive impact that the Vogtle expansion project is having on the local community. It’s 4,000 – 5,000 construction jobs is just one part of the economic impact; that $23 million dollar property tax check shown during the video is another.[read more]

McMurdo Station: The New York of the Deep Freeze South [VIDEO]

October 10, 2013 by Rod Adams

McMurdo and Antarctic Nuclear

Nearly all of the images that are used to describe the dangers of melting ice as a result of climate change come from the Arctic. Perhaps that is because it is a far more accessible place than the Antarctic. The Arctic is permanently inhabited and frequently visited.[read more]

Nuclear Energy Plant Designed, Constructed, Tested in Less Than Two Years

July 30, 2013 by Rod Adams

Anyone who claims that they can design and build a nuclear reactor in less than 10-15 years is considered to be naive or hopelessly unrealistic. However, there is no reason to believe that everyone with the technical capacity for completing the task will follow the same rules.[read more]

Vogtle Nuclear Energy Plant Construction Time-Lapse [VIDEO]

July 27, 2013 by Joseph Koblich

Nuclear Plant Construction

A new time-lapse video shows early site preparation and containment vessel bottom head placement at the Plant Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Georgia. Two new reactors are scheduled to begin operations at Plant Vogtle in 2017 and 2018.[read more]

Pitching Nuclear Energy: The Value of New Plant Construction [VIDEO]

May 17, 2013 by Rod Adams

North American Young Generations in Nuclear group

It will take me several days to digest all of the things I learned and heard at the Nuclear Energy Assembly, both from the podium and in the valuable “hallway conversations.”[read more]

British new nuclear builds could cost more than expected

May 5, 2008 by Dan Yurman

Bidders position pricing strategies for 10 new reactors Companies planning to bid on at least 10 new nuclear reactors in the U.K. say the government has an unrealistic expectation of what they will cost. The Times of London reports that Wulf Bernotat, CEO of E.ON, the German energy firm that owns Powergen, has told the newspaper that...[read more]

GE Hitachi cut ties with Toshiba

April 27, 2008 by Dan Yurman

Japanese nuclear giants set a competitive course for U.S. market share The Daily Yomiuri, an English language newspaper in Japan, reports that the joint opening of a U.S. office by Hitachi and General Electric is a signal of a new competitive race between the two firms and Toshiba which owns Westinghouse in the U.S.  The new office...[read more]