• 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
    • Wed, Jan 5 2022

    Atomic Show #294 – Mikal Boe, Core Power CEO and Founder

    Mikal Boe, courtesy of Core Power Mikal Boe has spent 30 years in and around the commercial shipping industry. Several years ago, he began wondering how his industry was going to meet the increasingly stringent rules for air pollution and CO2 production that were being implemented by governing regulators, especially the International Maritime Organization (IMO). His extensive technical research ...read more
    • Tue, Dec 14 2021

    Catching Oklo — a rising star!

    Artist rendering of an Aurora Power House A new generation of clean energy is on the horizon Oklo is a clean energy company that has focused on developing a product and service that people want to buy. In 2020, they made history by submitting, and having had the NRC accept, their combined license application for their Aurora powerhouse design. Over the last couple of years, Oklo has ...read more
    • Sat, Dec 4 2021

    Atomic Show #293 – Robert Bryce – Journalist and Bird Watcher

    Robert Bryce talking about Power Hungry Robert Bryce is an admired journalist, book author, filmmaker, public speaker, Congressional witness and podcaster who has focused on energy, power and its implications for mankind’s prosperity. In his free time, he loves to watch birds. He recognizes that electricity is the lifeblood of modernity. He is saddened by knowing that there are billions ...read more
    • Thu, Nov 11 2021

    Atomic Show #292 – Andrew Crabtree, Founder, “Get Into Nuclear”

    Andrew Crabtree is a former professional rugby player and banker who decided to transition to the nuclear industry in 2007. He had recognized that the banking industry was going to be in for a rough time. In other words, he was able to read the handwriting on the wall just before the financial crisis that everyone else began to notice by mid 2008. Andrew tells us about his choice to get into nuclear ...read more
    • Tue, Sep 21 2021

    What makes smaller nuclear power systems so exciting?

    Let me start by dispelling the notion that I think smaller, modular, manufactured nuclear power systems – often called SMRs or micro reactors – are the be all and end all solution to anything, including climate change or energy security. Though not THE solution, they have the potential to be a crucial, uniquely capable part of a fully-integrated, 0% emission climate-solving grid.  The best ...read more
    • Tue, Sep 14 2021

    China’s high temperature reactor – pebble bed modular (HTR-PM) achieves its first criticality

    On the morning of September 12, 2021, reactor number 1 of the eagerly awaited HTR-PM project was taken critical for the first time . Initial criticality for any new reactor is a big deal for the people involved in the project; this one is a big deal for the future of nuclear energy. It might also become a big deal for humanity’s ability to effectively reduce CO2 emissions enough to slow climate ...read more
    • Thu, Aug 12 2021

    A Path from Coal to Nuclear is Being Blazed in Wyoming

    Many of those who care about finding solutions to the physical distress that our climate is experiencing, as reported on this week in a landmark 1,300 page report by the IPCC ‘s Sixth Assessment Working Group 1 ( Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis ), are not looking at Wyoming. But based upon the announcement made in early June by Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, together with senior ...read more
    • Fri, Apr 23 2021

    Nucleating our carbon-managed future

    If you’ve studied chemistry, you’ll know that the nucleation point describes the start of a change in physical state, such as from a solid to a liquid, or liquid to gas. Water starting to crystallize into ice nucleates where the first H 2 O molecules reorganize as a solid. We’re seeing a similar transformation of human society—forced by the heat of planetary warming, costly extreme ...read more
    • Wed, Mar 10 2021

    Five Myths about the Lone Star Blackout

    By Meredith Angwin Meredith Angwin, Author and Energy Analyst When we hear something terrible has happened to someone we know, we are concerned for them. We are worried. We want to help. And let’s face it, we are also concerned that something like that might happen to US. Our self-concern often takes the form of a list: “All the reasons this won’t happen to me.” I don’t smoke ...read more