• Sun, Jun 23 2024

    Atomic Show #318 – Brian Gitt, Business Development, Oklo

    Brian Gitt, the Business Development lead at Oklo , visited the Atomic Show to describe his employer’s business model and current prospects. Oklo is a micro rector and fuel recycling company with an expansive vision for becoming a competitive clean energy supplier. It plans to provide heat and/or electricity as a service from a fleet of smaller manufactured reactors that it owns, operates ...read more
    • Wed, May 15 2024

    Atomic Show #317 – Trey Lauderdale – Founder, Atomic Canyon

    Atomic Canyon is a six month old company that is developing AI tools to improve the efficiency of routine tasks associated with developing, licensing, building, owning and operating nuclear plants. Their first product, called Neutron, uses AI to modernize searching the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s 52 million page collection of publicly available documents that are currently accessible through ...read more
    • Tue, Apr 30 2024

    Atomic Show #316 – Emmet Penny, Pronuclear Poet

    Emmet Penny is an unlikely, but effective pronuclear advocate. He earned his degrees in fine arts and great books and worked for several years as a professional poet – along with working in a bookstore as a way to keep paying the bills. He gradually transitioned from poetry into writing thoughtful essays on a variety of topics. One of those pieces caught the attention of Michael Shellenberger ...read more
    • Fri, Apr 26 2024

    Atomic Show #315 – Doug Sandridge, Oil and Gas Executives for Nuclear Energy

    Doug Sandridge, Oil and Gas Executive for Nuclear Doug Sandridge is a lifelong oil and gas guy whose father was a geological engineer. While he was growing up, Doug lived a significant portion of his life overseas as his father’s job took the family to several different locations. When it was time to go to college, Doug returned to the United State to attend the University of Oklahoma. He ...read more
    • Sat, Feb 10 2024

    Why is nuclear energy an important influence on both natural gas and hydrogen futures?

    The Feb 6, 2024 Energy Gang podcast was titled “ A pause in US gas export approvals: a big win for the climate? US hits the brakes on gas exports!” It was described as a gassy episode with a focus on international natural gas trading, the impact of the Biden Administration’s pause on issuing new permits that would enable future growth of what is already the world’s largest ...read more
    • Thu, Feb 8 2024

    Pro-nuclear advocates should stop bashing advanced nuclear

    I wish I knew why some nuclear advocates feel that it’s worth their time to spread as much negative information as they can find about the potential utility and value of advanced nuclear power technologies. IMO, modern water cooled reactors qualify as advanced in the same way as a modern BMW engine qualifies as advanced even if it is still using the same Otto Cycle (4-stroke spark plug ...read more
    • Sat, Dec 16 2023

    Why would climate publications disrespect nuclear fission?

    Here is another instance of climate reporting that treats nuclear fission as if it barely exists. Before COP28, Cipher published an “Exclusive” that led off with “The United States is working behind the scenes to ensure nuclear power is not excluded from an expected global pledge to boost renewables at the upcoming climate summit in Dubai, Cipher has learned.” (Emphasis ...read more
    • Fri, Dec 15 2023

    Why did The Energy Gang overlook the newsworthy impact of nuclear energy on COP28?

    The Energy Gang’s Dec 15 episode discussed the major outcomes from COP28. Ed Crooks ( @Ed_Crooks ), Dr. Melissa Lott @mclott , and Amy Harder ( @AmyAHarder ) completed the show without mentioning nuclear energy. That episode of the long-running, respected energy podcast was produced just four days after a focused episode reporting on #nuclear energy’s important role at COP28. As reported ...read more
    • Tue, Nov 28 2023

    Atomic Show #314 – Economies of scale for micro, small, medium, large reactors – with Jame Krellenstein

    James Krellenstein is a physicist, consultant and nuclear energy historian. He is currently employed as a senior advisor to Global Health Strategies. He started up their decarbonization practice with an emphasis on nuclear energy along with renewables. He was the lead author on GEH’s report on ways to reduce global dependence on Russia for necessary supplies of enriched uranium. He had the ...read more
    • Fri, Nov 10 2023

    Why did the Carbon Free Power Project get cancelled? What does that mean for NuScale?

    I’ll start with a disclosure. I’m still long on NuScale in my personal portfolio and have no intention of changing that position in the near future. I believe that the company has a good product and excellent potential for growth. The image above with Jose Reyes and me is from a visit I paid to the NuScale test loop in October 2014. Yesterday (Nov 8, 2023), an expected shoe dropped ...read more
    • Mon, Oct 30 2023

    Atomic Show #313 – Stefano Buono, Founder and CEO newcleo

    Stefano Buono is a physicist and the successful founder of Advanced Accelerator Applications, a multibillion dollar company that pioneered the use of several therapeutic medical isotopes. After making several people very rich, including himself, he sold the medical isotope business and returned to his early 1990s field of study – nuclear fission reactors using molten lead as a coolant. About two ...read more
    • Mon, Oct 23 2023

    Parnassus Versus Green Century: A Contrast in Styles

    By Valerie Gardner Cross-posted from Nucleation Capital June, July and August of 2023 were the three hottest months the Earth has ever seen by such a large margin, it left climate scientists agog. Climate disasters are abounding apace, with the U.S. hit by 23 large-scale disasters, a record-breaking year already . In Pakistan, extreme rainfall and flooding affected 33 million people, killing more ...read more
    • Thu, Oct 12 2023

    Unnecessary rules should be eliminated

    Commissioners on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are worried. They see a pending avalanche of license applications for new reactors, fuel production facilities, uranium mines, transportation containers, and waste repositories with an insufficiently sized and trained licensing workforce. They seem to be increasingly aware of their role in enabling a clean energy transition and they want to avoid being ...read more
    • Wed, Sep 27 2023

    NRC Chair Hanson shares his thoughts on the NRC’s mission with ANS Executive Director Piercy.

    Craig Piercy, the Executive Director and CEO of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), sat down with Chair Chris Hanson of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to talk about the NRC’s role in nuclear energy development and the way that the agency is responding to growing demands for its services to the American public. This post focuses on the first five minutes of the interview. Piercy ...read more
    • Mon, Sep 18 2023

    Atomic Show #312 – Tyler Bernstein, CEO Zeno Power

    Zeno Power makes cost-effective radioisotope power systems (RPS) for some of the most challenging environments in the solar system. Its systems use a proprietary package that allows a wider variety of isotopes to perform functions previously reserved for Pu-238, a rare isotope that is slowly produced at great expense. What is the value of RPS? RPS’s produce power and/or heat by usefully ...read more
    • Wed, Sep 13 2023

    Atomic Show #311 – Mary Jo Rogers – Founder, Rogers Leadership Group

    Mary Jo Rogers is a trained clinical psychologist who developed her interest workforce safety cultures and leadership in the nuclear power sector while consulting and working for ComEd (later Exelon). At the time she began her work, ComEd was a perennially under-performing utility with new leaders that were committed to turning it into the best nuclear plant operator in the United States. That leadership ...read more
    • Mon, Aug 21 2023

    Experience Power with a healthy dose of microgrids, hydrogen and nuclear energy information

    Each year since 1998, POWER Magazine has hosted a conference titled Experience Power that brings together utilities, suppliers, customers and energy leaders to discuss trends in the electric power sector. The event is currently organized as three colocated conferences, one focusing on electric power insights, one on distributed power and one on hydrogen. The 2023 edition of the event was held ...read more
    • Mon, Aug 14 2023

    Where is the nuclear industry headed? Four top executives share their thoughts at ANS Utility Working Conference 2023

    One good reason to attend industry conferences is to be able carefully listen to the thoughts of industry leaders, especially during unscripted panel discussions. When the executives are among colleagues and aren’t delivering prepared, vetted speeches with polished slides, it’s possible to glean valuable information that can help form the basis for future actions. As a member of a decision-making ...read more
    • Sat, Aug 12 2023

    Sense of purpose at the 2023 ANS Utility Working Conference

    The theme at the annual American Nuclear Society Utility Working Conference (#ANSUWC) was resiliency, a term that applies equally well to the equipment and the people that make up the U.S. nuclear industry. Resiliency is similar to the materials engineering term of toughness; it’s the ability to withstand pressure and blows and to spring back into shape without permanent damage. Using a ...read more
    • Sun, Jul 23 2023

    The most secure place to store Plutonium is inside an operating fission reactor

    Plutonium-239 (Pu-239) is a nuclear fuel source that should play an important role in a sustainable, rapidly growing nuclear power enterprise. It is a natural byproduct that is created inside every fission reactor using uranium fuel. It is fissile with characteristics that are similar to U-235, the fissile material that provides most of today’s nuclear power. During the 1960s and into the ...read more
    • Mon, Jul 10 2023

    Observations from the US Nuclear Industry Council’s 10th annual Advanced Reactor Summit

    AR Summit Panel: Government Efforts to Enable Nuclear Technologies From left to right: Jeff Merrifield US NIC, Julie Kozeracki DOE LPO, Christina Walrond DOE Office of Technology Demonstrations Non-attendees might dismiss it a just another nuclear industry conference full of talk signifying nothing, but the 2023 edition of the Advanced Reactor Summit (AR Summit) – hosted by the US Nuclear Industry ...read more
    • Fri, Jul 7 2023

    Atomic Show #310 – Ron Fabish on Space Nuclear Power

    In the past few years, there has been a strong revival of interest in using nuclear fission energy to power space travel and planetary exploration. There have also been new developments in radioisotope thermal generators that will make them more widely available with greater energy density. Though there has been interest in using nuclear energy in space since the earliest days of the Atomic Age, financial ...read mor...
    • Thu, Jun 15 2023

    Atomic Show #309 – Matt Huber, Geography of Energy

    Matt Huber is a professor of geography at Syracuse University. He writes about energy, economies and the way that energy sources have influenced modern societies and economies. One of his first books was Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital (2013) which is very briefly described as follows: Looking beyond the usual culprits, “Lifeblood” finds a deeper and more ...read more
    • Sun, Jun 11 2023

    Atomic Show #308 – Alyssa Hayes, Nuclear Energy Advocate

    Alyssa Hayes is a leader in the pro-nuclear movement. She is a PhD candidate in nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee and she has been interested in policy making and politics since interning with her local representative when she was 14 years old. She was involved in the successful efforts to save four nuclear power stations (Clinton, Quad Cities, Byron and Dresden) in Illinois and ...read more
    • 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