• 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
    • Sat, Mar 12 2022

    Atomic Show #296 – Julia Pyke, Director of Finance Sizewell C

    Sizewell C is a project to build a 3,200 MWe power station consisting of two EPR units on the site that currently hosts a single large pressurized water reactor (Sizewell B). With the exception of site-specific foundations and structures, the new power station will be a copy of the station currently under construction at Hinkley Point C. Like Hinkley Point C, Sizewell C will be capable of supplying ...read more
    • Thu, Feb 24 2022

    Solar’s dirty secrets: How solar power hurts people and the planet

    By Brian Gitt Brian Gitt publishes the eponymous blog called Brian Gitt . He has been a startup founder, consulting firm CEO, non-profit Executive Director, wilderness guide, and home remodeler. False beliefs about renewable energy are harming the environment. I say this as someone who championed renewable energy for over two decades—first as executive director of a green building non ...read more
    • Sun, Feb 20 2022

    The Assay TV speaks with Rod Adams, Managing Partner of Nucleation Capital and Atomic Insights host

    The Assay is a media project of the 121 Group, based in Hong Kong, that serves investors, fund managers and analysts who are involved with and/or investing in a wide range of mining ventures. As part of their efforts to bring a greater understanding of the complex markets that control the prospects of mining ventures, The Assay TV produces a video series with CEO interviews from all over the world ...read more
    • Mon, Jan 24 2022

    Atomic Show #295 – Liz Muller, Co-founder and CEO of Deep Isolation

    Liz Muller, CEO Deep Isolation Deep Isolation is a young company developing solutions for “the nuclear waste issue.” They have built their solution option based on highly developed technologies used in the oil and gas drilling sector. Several decades ago, after discussing and evaluating several options, the world’s scientific and political communities came to a general consensus ...read mo...
    • Fri, Jan 14 2022

    Effects of nuclear energy’s battle for inclusion in EU Taxonomy

    The EU Taxonomy for sustainable activities (EU Taxonomy) became law in July 2020, but the law left several decisions to be finalized in “delegated acts.” These decisions required additional technical evaluation. The treatment of nuclear energy was one of those technical issues. On December 31, 2021, a draft delegated act was published that recognized that nuclear energy could make a substantial ...read mo...
    • Thu, Jan 13 2022

    Nuclear advocates overwhelm a clean energy poll with a write-in candidate

    On January 12, 2022, the New York Power Authority posted a poll on its Twitter feed. It asked people to vote for the clean energy technology they would like more of in 2022. The poll listed electric vehicles, green hydrogen, solar and geothermal. Which #cleanenergy technology are you hoping to see more of in 2022? — NY Power Authority (@NYPAenergy) January 12, 2022 Within a couple ...read more