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Wednesday
Jun202018

Attention knitters: Researchers harvest uranium from the sea with a yarn “net”

An adsorbent chemical is ready for another round of testing.

Take some regular old acrylic knitting yarn, modify it with a special kind of adsorbent chemical, and wave it around in the ocean. After some time, the yarn will pick up enough molecules of uranium that grams of yellowcake, the precursor to fuel used in nuclear reactors, can be made.

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Monday
Jun182018

Department of Energy Invests $64 Million in Advanced Nuclear Technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $64 million in awards for advanced nuclear energy technology to DOE national laboratories, industry, and 39 U.S. universities in 29 states. In total, DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy selected 89 projects for funding for nuclear energy research, facility access, and crosscutting technology and infrastructure development.

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Wednesday
Jun132018

It’s only a matter of time before this hated metal makes a comeback

 

In 2007, uranium was the bitcoin of its day.

Penny stocks turned into billion-dollar companies as the world rushed to invest in what seemed to be the only solution to a looming energy crisis.

Then, in 2007, the bubble burst. The uranium price has fallen every year since. Most of the companies that sprung up no longer exist. Uranium became loathed by almost all and sundry.

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Monday
Jun112018

If Nuclear Power Is So Safe, Why Are We So Afraid Of It?

Study after study in top scientific journals find that nuclear power plants are far and away the safest way to make reliable electricity. Why then are we so afraid of them?

Many believe it’s because of the historic association of nuclear plants with nuclear weapons. But during the first two decades of nuclear power, people were more excited than afraid of it.

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Thursday
Apr262018

Philippines to draw up nuclear energy policy

The Philippines Department of Energy has submitted its recommendation to the President on the country's nuclear energy policy. The policy will include a decision on the future of the mothballed Bataan nuclear power plant.


Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi was cited as saying by the Business World newspaper that he had "submitted the papers, the policy direction and the national policy proposal"

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Wednesday
Apr182018

Lithium Market Update: Q1 2018 in Review

What happened to lithium in Q1 2018? Our lithium market update outlines key market developments and explores what could happen moving forward.

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Monday
Apr162018

States Are Breathing New Air Into Nuclear Energy To Preserve Jobs And Environment


The New Jersey state legislature’s vote to pass legislation to preserve its nuclear fleet is pivotal — a move that doesn’t allow short term prices to dictate the long-term fate of a generation source that is both clean and has years to live.

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Monday
Apr022018

Nuclear Energy Institute applauds spending bill

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) recently commended the passage of the $1.3 trillion federal omnibus spending bill, which includes approximately $1.2 billion for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) nuclear energy programs and $922 million for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

“We commend and thank congressional appropriators for their recognition that investment in nuclear energy technologies will deliver enormous benefits to our energy system, our environment, our workers and our national security,” NEI Vice President of Policy Development and Public Affairs John Kotek said.

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Tuesday
Mar202018

Why Oil-Rich Saudi Arabia Is Turning to Nuclear Power

With the world’s second-biggest proven reserves of oil, Saudi Arabia seems an unlikely aspirant to the nuclear-energy club. Yet the largest oil exporter plans to build at least 16 nuclear reactors over the next 25 years at a cost of more than $80 billion. The Saudis see atomic energy as a way to ease their dependence on finite fossil fuels. But they are also driven by competition with their rival Iran, which has multiple nuclear facilities. Whatever the motivation, the turn to nuclear power by Saudi Arabia, and several other countries in Middle East, raises the risk of a nuclear arms race in the most unstable part of the world.

1. What’s the security risk?

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Thursday
Mar012018

Rick Perry planning nuclear energy talks with Saudi Arabia: report

Energy Secretary Rick Perry will head to London to meet with officials from Saudi Arabia on Friday as the Trump administration considers a nuclear energy deal with the nation, Bloomberg News reports.

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