• Wed, May 17 2023

    Atomic Show #307 – Mark Nelson, Managing Director Radiant Energy Group

    Mark Nelson has been traveling the world in an effort to help create a sustainable pronuclear movement. His focus includes both saving existing plants and encouraging the construction of new reactor in areas that have operating reactors, those that have shut down their nuclear plants and in countries that have never operated nuclear plants. We spoke in depth about the German nuclear exit, the ...read more
    • Fri, May 12 2023

    Atomic Show #306 – Dr. Rita Baranwal, Westinghouse AP300

    Westinghouse, one of the world’s first nuclear power plant vendors, recently announced a new small modular reactor (SMR) design called the AP300. It is described as a simplified version of the AP1000, four of which are currently operating in China and two of which are in the final stages of operational testing in Georgia, United States. Six additional AP1000s are under construction. In a ...read more
    • Wed, Apr 19 2023

    Atomic Show #305 – Oliver Stone and Joshua Goldstein Co-Writers Nuclear Now

    On Apr 28, the much anticipated film, Nuclear Now, will premier in selected theaters in New York, Sedona and Los Angeles. It will remain available in those venues for a week. On May 1, 2023, the film will be shown at 350 theaters across the US and Canada. The film is co-written by Oliver Stone and Joshua Goldstein. Here is a blurb about the film. Nuclear Now takes viewers on an educational ...read more
    • Thu, Mar 2 2023

    Atomic Show #304 – Len Rodberg, Nuclear New York

    Dr. Leonard Rodberg spent most of his adult life being opposed to nuclear energy. A half a dozen years ago, he abruptly changed his mind. Ever since, he has been a strong and vocal advocate for the increased use of nuclear energy. On Atomic Show #304 Len and I discuss his education, career, his changing attitudes towards nuclear energy and the important role that nuclear will play in enabling a transition ...read mor...
    • Fri, Feb 24 2023

    NRC’s imposition of Aircraft Impact rule played a major role in Vogtle project delays and VC Summer failure

    Vogtle 3 fabricated shield building panel lift Courtesy Southern Company Projects that last as long as building nuclear reactors in the U.S. are analogous to extreme endurance competitions in which overall progress is the sum of all stages of the race. There is no magic reset button that allows recovery of time lost early in the race, even though the specific events that resulted in the lost time ...read more
    • Thu, Feb 9 2023

    IRA’s Clean Electricity Tax Credits (Sections 48E and 45Y) are an under-appreciated boon for new nuclear power

    President Biden signs Inflation Reduction Act Image source: Jennifer Granholm, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) should make an important contribution towards mitigating future inflationary periods. It accomplishes this beneficial goal by providing important support for facilities that increase US clean electricity production. The key sections of the Inflation ...read more
    • Fri, Jan 27 2023

    Oil and gas opposition to consolidate interim spent fuel (CISF) storage facilities in Permian Basin

    Image from campaign against CISF An article titled “US sweetens pot to study siting for spent nuke fuel storage” was published in the January 26, 2023 edition of the Washington Post. The article included a paragraph that credited “environmentalists” as being the main source of opposition to construction of consolidated interim spent fuel (CISF) storage facilities that are ...read more
    • Thu, Jan 12 2023

    Atomic Energy Wells

    Petroleum – a term includes oil, gas and derivatives – wells have been going dry for more than 150 years. Until the late 2000s, the solution to that problem of resource depletion has been to find a new place to drill. We now have the alternative of drilling deeper and using hydraulic fracturing techniques to reach previously known but inaccessible formations. Though there is still ...read more
    • Sat, Dec 31 2022

    Enough with “renewables”

    The American Nuclear Society posted an article entitled How a nuclear victory at COP27 started with a teen and a text reporting on the wonderful story of Ia Aanstoot. This is the 17-year old Swedish highschool student who effectively saved the day for nuclear at COP27 by alerting a WhatsApp chat group with the right people in it, that the final language being used by the COP27 negotiating team for ...read more
    • Thu, Dec 15 2022

    Can prototype nuclear reactors be licensed in the US under current rules?

    Designers and developers of nuclear power systems that are substantially different from conventional light water reactors face a conundrum. They are required to provide sufficient information to regulators to allow them to confidently predict how the designs will behave under a comprehensive set of postulated operational and accident conditions. Proving their design is safe is a time-consuming, question ...read more
    • Fri, Dec 9 2022

    Atomic Show #303 – Bret Kugelmass, CEO Last Energy

    Rendering of Last Energy’s 20 MWe installations (Last Energy) Last Energy is an innovative new company governed by a philosophy of avoiding the invention of anything that has not been done before. They have created a business that is laser focused on building, owning and operating small (20 MWe), modular pressurized water reactors and selling the electricity they produce under long term power ...read more
    • Fri, Dec 2 2022

    Atomic Show #302 – Dr. Sama Bilbao y Leon, Director General, World Nuclear Association

    Dr. Sama Bilbao y Leon, the Director General of the World Nuclear Association Dr. Sama Bilbao y Leon, the Director General of the World Nuclear Association, visited the Atomic Show to provide an international perspective on the revival in interest in nuclear energy deployment. As the head of the organization that represents the global nuclear industry, provides education about all matters ...read more
    • Fri, Nov 18 2022

    Is nuclear reactor licensing process being improved as Congress mandated with NEIMA?

    NRC Advanced Reactor Licensing Vision A panel of five experts and an experienced moderator addressed the progress being made in creating effective processes to license advanced and non-LWR (light water reactors) at an ANS Winter 2022 panel session titled “Licensing the Future: How the NRC is Approaching Advanced Reactors.” Four out of five of the panelists were cautiously positive and ...read more
    • Tue, Nov 15 2022

    Confidently building foundations for successful nuclear energy growth

    ANS Winter 2022 Presentation slide template Some like to describe the movement towards smaller, simpler, more sophisticated nuclear energy systems as mere hype. But serious, committed, normally reserved scientists, engineers and investors are becoming more and more convinced that real progress is underway based on solid learning from prior experience. Before the end of this decade, there will ...read more
    • Fri, Nov 11 2022

    Atomic Show #301 – Matt Crozat, Executive Director for Strategy and Policy Development, NEI

    The nuclear energy policy landscape in the US has changed significantly during the past 5 years. Once seen as an issue with enormous differences between the political parties, it has become one of the few topics on which both parties can have a civil discussion and agree on many key provisions in supportive legislation. Matt Crozat: NEI, Executive Director for Strategy and Policy Matt Crozat ...read more
    • Fri, Oct 28 2022

    Atomic Show #300 – Dr. Lindsay Krall, “Nuclear Waste from Small Modular Reactors”

    Modeled waste volumes for selected reactor designs (From “Nuclear Waste from Small Modular Reactors”) Dr. Lindsay Krall is a geochemist currently working on projects characterizing the behavior of radioactive isotopes that will eventually be stored in a deep geologic repository being designed in Sweden for construction within the next decade. During a three year post doctoral period ...read more
    • Fri, Oct 7 2022

    Ontario leads the way to clean energy credit registry

    OPG and Microsoft link up with Clean Energy Credits (CECs) On September 26, 2022, Microsoft Canada and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) announced an important agreement for clean energy credits (CECs). The most significant part of the deal was the fact that OPG would supply the credits from its nuclear and hydro-electric plants. Microsoft will procure the credits on an hour by hour basis to match ...read more
    • Wed, Oct 5 2022

    Atomic Show #299 – Dr. Chris Keefer, C4NE

    Dr. Chris Keefer is one of the busiest and most successful nuclear energy advocates working today. He is a Canadian emergency room doctor, the founder of Doctors for Nuclear Energy , the founder and host of the Decouple podcast, the founder of Decouple Media , and the founder and President of Canadians for Nuclear Energy (C4NE) . And to think, just a few years ago, Chris was a free thinking progressive ...read m...
    • Thu, Sep 15 2022

    Oliver Stone’s “Nuclear” – An optimistic look at a powerful tool for addressing climate change and energy security

    Nuclear: Time to Look Again By early 2019, Oliver Stone , a successful filmmaker who has created a long list of popular works of art, had become increasingly concerned and even depressed about what he had learned about the risk climate change posed to humanity. He’d watched Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” and paid attention to dire warnings coming from credible scientific ...read more
    • Fri, Aug 12 2022

    How Hot is Cold Fusion?

    Matt Trevithick of DCVC moderates a panel with Dr. David Nagel, Prof. Robert Duncan and Dr. Thomas Schenkel The 24th International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF24) was held at the lovely and spacious Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA over four days in late July. As a venture investor looking at evaluating and investing in a wide range of advanced nuclear ventures, I was invited to ...read more
    • Thu, Aug 4 2022

    Why are smaller reactors attracting so much interest?

    Small modular reactors (SMRs) are gaining increased attention as a major opportunity in clean power production. They are a welcome tool in the necessary transition from an energy system dominated by hydrocarbon combustion to one that produces more power for more people with dramatically reduced greenhouse gas emissions. As a partner in Nucleation Capital, a venture capital fund that focuses on ...read more
    • Sun, Jul 17 2022

    Atomic Show #298 – Marcus Seidl – Researching small modular reactors in Hanford, Germany

    Reactor Internals by Marcus Seidl Marcus Seidl is a German nuclear professional who received his PhD in nuclear physics in 2002, a year after his home country decided that it would exit nuclear energy in favor of investing in a large roll out of renewable energy sources. He has worked for German utility companies, for a vendor erecting a state-of-the-art high neutron flux research reactor ...read more
    • Thu, May 19 2022

    Atomic Show #297 – Krusty – The Kilopower reactor that worked

    Krusty Core showing heat pipe arrangement Patrick McClure and David Poston successfully developed, obtained funding, constructed and operated a new atomic fission power source that produced useful quantities of electricity during the period from 2014-2018. That puts them into a rarified, perhaps unique position. Few US-based technologists have been through that process in the past 40 years. ...read more
    • Thu, Apr 28 2022

    Nuclear energy growth prospects and secure uranium supplies

    Uranium Panel: Discussing a Uranium Bull Market, New Nuclear and Sentiment for a Decarbonized Future The 121 Mining Investment event held in Las Vegas on March 30 and 31 included a panel discussion with leaders from three uranium mining companies, each of which has an asset base of potentially lucrative mining prospects mostly located in North America. The fourth member of the panel was a managing ...read more
    • Tue, Apr 26 2022

    Nucleation Capital’s Earth Day in Atherton

    Nuclear energy has been making more frequent appearances at Earth Day events around the country. Groups like Generation Atomic, Mothers for Nuclear, Climate Coalition and Young Generation in Nuclear have been actively attending Earth Day events for a number of years. On Saturday, April 23, Nucleation Capital participated in the Earth Day celebration hosted by the Town of Atherton, CA. The event ...read more