• Fri, Mar 31 2017

    Westinghouse Bankruptcy Shakes The Nuclear World

    Westinghouse filed for Chapter 11 because of business problems at its nuclearpower plants in Georgia and South Carolina. But the real cause has nothing to do with nuclear power and everything to do with Toshiba’s choice of the wrong construction contractor ...read more
    • Wed, Mar 29 2017

    South Africa Ready For Low-Carbon Energy Production With New Nuclear And More Renewables

    The Republic of South Africa plans to decrease coal in their future electricity generation, primarily by increasing the low-carbon energy sources of nuclear and renewables, implementing a carbon tax and putting carbon capture on coal plants. ...read more
    • Mon, Mar 27 2017

    X-Energy Steps Into The Ring With Its Advanced Pebble Bed Modular Nuclear Reactor

    X-energy’s Xe-100 high temperature gas-cooled pebble bed modular nuclear power plant has higher efficiencies, a reduced water requirement, a small physical footprint, a small emergency planning zone, doesn't need to shut down to refuel, and is walk ...read more
    • Thu, Mar 23 2017

    Charged Up - Electric Cars Are Morphing Into Many Species

    Vancouver-based Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corporation has developed an all-electric, single passenger vehicle - the SOLO. Released in late 2016, the SOLO may revolutionize how people commute in the urban world since it gets the equivalent of about 150 ...read more
    • Fri, Mar 17 2017

    Jack Goodenough's Battery Technologies Keep Getting Better

    A new fast-charging battery technology from Jack Goodenough, the inventor of the Li battery, will again revolutionize electric vehicles and smart phones, using a glass electrode instead of a liquid one, sodium instead of lithium, having three times as ...read more
    • Thu, Mar 16 2017

    NuScale's Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Keeps Moving Forward

    NuScale Power is on track to build the first small modular nuclear reactor in America, having been notified that their first-ever SMR Design Certification Application was accepted for full review by the NRC after only two months - light speed for our ...read more
    • Mon, Mar 13 2017

    We May Need A Separate Deep Geologic Repository For Our Nuclear Weapons Waste

    DOE has aPlan for a Defense Nuclear Waste Repositorythat would only be for nuclear waste generated from nuclear weapons, including high-level waste (HLW) and transuranic waste (TRU). It’s a good plan but requires Americans to believe in science again ...read more
    • Fri, Mar 10 2017

    Destroying America's Clean Air

    The White House is moving to gut environmental regulations like the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts. The latter is the single piece of legislation that has saved the most lives in history. Undercutting it will cost real lives and won’t help coal at all ...read more
    • Thu, Mar 2 2017

    No Peak Oil For America Or The World

    Oil is more plentiful than you can imagine. For every barrel of oil consumed over the past 35 years, two new barrels have been discovered. And this shows no sign of slowing down any time soon as new technologies like fracking continue to develop. Peak ...read more
    • Mon, Feb 27 2017

    The TRAPPIST Worlds - Should We Invest In A Back-Up Planet For Earth?

    The discovery of seven metal-rich Earth-like planets orbiting a near-by star has really gotten everyone thinking about space colonization again. Four of these planets are in the Goldilocks Zone – a sweet spot where liquid water is stable and life could ...read more
    • Wed, Feb 22 2017

    Anti-Nuke Dogma Trumps Common Sense On Nuclear Energy

    A new report from an anti-nuclear group gives some alternative spin to the same old dogma – shut down all nuclear plants and replace them with renewables. Unfortunately, its conclusions are wrong, especially about the cost savings and climate effects ...read more
    • Thu, Feb 16 2017

    SMR Smart - Small Modular Reactors Are The Wave Of Nuclear's Future

    SMR Start is a new organization of customers and vendors investing in advanced modular reactors (SMRs), formed to get SMRs over the initial market humps plaguing all new technologies, using proven public-private partnerships. SMRs offer an economic, flexible ...read more
    • Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Should We Worry About Radioactive Fallout From North Korea?

    The latest push by the DPRK (previously North Korea) to develop a ballistic missile capable of reaching California with an atomic warhead on it, has caused some real consternation. In America and in the world. But should we worry about radioactive fallout ...read more
    • Thu, Feb 9 2017

    America's High-Level Nuclear Waste Is Gone

    Most of our high-level nuclear waste is no longer high-level, which changes the way we should dispose of it. Unfortunately, nobody in Congress knows this. Since 1970, most of the HLW has changed to transuranic, SNF needs to be kept for future reactors ...read more
    • Sun, Feb 5 2017

    Can Nuclear Power Rise From The Chaos In Washington?

    Two bills in Congress, theAdvanced Nuclear Technology Act and the Interim Consolidated Storage Act, have the ability to kickstart new nuclear power in this country by easing the onerous licensing process for new reactors and finding a place for the spent ...read more
    • Sun, Jan 22 2017

    White House Begins Purging Climate Change Science

    The exact moment that Donald Trump took office on Friday, the official White House Website was purged of all references to global warming and climate change science. Other sites have followed. This is troubling to us scientists as well as to our military ...read more
    • Thu, Jan 19 2017

    Energy Secretary Nominee Rick Perry Decides To Keep The Energy Department

    Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, Trump's choice to become the next Energy Secretary, apologized for his previous recommendation to do away with the Department of Energy and instead vows to protect the science and scientists at the Department. ...read more
    • Sun, Jan 15 2017

    NuScale First To Submit SMR Nuclear Application to NRC

    NuScale Power is on track to build the first small modular nuclear reactor in America, submitting the first design certification application for any SMR to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and providing something we’ve all been waiting for – a reactor ...read more
    • Tue, Jan 10 2017

    WIPP Nuclear Waste Repository Reopens For Business

    Yesterday in a ribbon cutting ceremony, Energy Secretary Moniz and New Mexico Governor Martinez formally re-opened the world’s only operating deep geologic nuclear waste repository, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), located near Carlsbad, New Mexico ...read more
    • Fri, Jan 6 2017

    Nuclear Power In Washington State Continues To Break Records

    Columbia Generating Station, a nuclear power plant near Richland, WA, generated a record 9.6 billion kWhrs of electricity in 2016, continuing a trend of better and better performance. CGS has generated electricity constantly for thirty-two years, but ...read more
    • Tue, Jan 3 2017

    2016 -- The Year In Nuclear

    Nuclear energy and nuclear weapons had quite a year in 2016. Our new President-elect made nuclear more front and center than it has been in decades, coming out in favor of nuclear power but discussing nuclear weapons in an open, if frightening, way. ...read more
    • Tue, Dec 27 2016

    It Takes The Right Rock To Sequester Carbon

    A particular volcanic rock is best for sequestering huge amounts of CO2 deep in the Earth in a way that is stable for geologic time. It reacts with injected CO2 to precipitate new limestone-like rock. The real trick is that this method reduces the normal ...read more
    • Wed, Dec 14 2016

    Oops! - Rick Perry Chosen To Head Energy Department

    Rick Perry is Trump's choice to become Secretary for the Department of Energy, strange since Perry wanted to kill DOE completely. Everyone is fixated on shifting DOE away from renewables and toward fossil fuels, but DOE neve had much to do with energy ...read more
    • Tue, Dec 13 2016

    Vanadium-Flow Batteries - The Energy Storage Breakthrough We've Needed

    The latest greatest utility-scale battery storage technology to emerge on the commercial market is the vanadium flow battery - fully containerized, nonflammable, reusable over semi-infinite cycles, discharges 100% of the stored energy, and does not degrade ...read more
    • Fri, Dec 9 2016

    Radioactive Diamond Batteries -- Making Good Use Of Nuclear Waste

    Researchers at the Univ of Bristol have developed a way to use nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery that is also a diamond. It produces low power, has no moving parts, no emissions, needs no maintenance, no need to be recharged ...read more