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U.S. Department of Energy Awards $15.2 Million for Advanced Nuclear Technology

U.S. Department of Energy Awards $15.2 Million
for Advanced Nuclear Technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced funding selectees for multiple domestic advanced nuclear technology projects. Three projects in three states will receive varying amounts for a total of approximately $15 million in funding. The projects are cost-shared and will allow industry-led teams, including participants from federal agencies, public and private laboratories, institutions of higher education, and other domestic entities, to advance the state of U.S. commercial nuclear capability.

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The race is on to develop new strategies for permanently storing some of the most dangerous materials on the planet.

July 31, 2019 — There’s a small red hammer and sickle flag of the old Soviet Union on my dresser at home. I found it years ago on the floor of a primary school in Pripyat, the town built for workers at the doomed Chernobyl nuclear plant in what is now Ukraine. Perhaps it had been waved by a child at a state occasion, or had been left behind in the rush to evacuate Pripyat after the world’s worst nuclear disaster in April 1986.

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Nuclear power is helping to drive the climate crisis

Linda Rogers says the CBI has its head in the sand over nuclear reactors and Iain Climie wants politicians prepared to fund action to combat the climate emergency

Has the Confederation of British Industry got its head in the sand, or in the record levels of carbon-intensive concrete just poured at the Hinkley C nuclear site (Build more nuclear reactors to help climate crisis, says CBI, 28 June)? Nuclear power, apart from destroying biodiversity throughout its life cycle, produces up to 37 times the CO2 emissions of renewable energy sources, owing partly to the mining and refining of uranium. The impact of this process on people and the environment is not included in the rationale for nuclear power in the UK.

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Industry super urges Australia to consider the nuclear power option

Nuclear reactors should be considered as a realistic option to confront Australia's deepening energy crisis, according to a study from industry superannuation's chief lobby group.

In a report that raises concerns about the ability of battery technology to maintain the baseload power, Industry Super Australia (ISA) argued that investment in nuclear energy should not be sidelined simply because of its controversial nature.

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If Nuclear Energy Is Replaced By Natural Gas, Say Goodbye To Climate Goals

When Three Mile Island officially shuts down in September, it will mark the end of a noteworthy history — the one where a partial meltdown of the reactor’s core occurred in 1979, which then set in motion a long debate over nuclear energy’s future.

Now, though, it is about more than Three Mile Island. It is about the fate of nuclear energy in a carbon-conscious world. In other words, the global appetite for energy will grow while the demands to produce cleaner electricity will get more intense. With that, nuclear energy can produce low-to-no carbon power around the clock. But will that happen, given the politics as well as the financial cost of a build out?

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Uranium producers await US presidential decision


The US Department of Commerce (DOC) on 15 April submitted to the White House the results of an investigation into the effects of uranium imports on US national security. US President Donald Trump now has up to 90 days to decide whether to act on the DOC's findings and recommendations, which have not been made public.

The investigation, under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, was triggered by the filing in January 2018 of a petition by uranium mining companies Energy Fuels Inc and Ur-Energy. In it,

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Pennsylvania Senate considering nuclear energy subsidy bill

bill that would add nuclear energy to the definition of alternative energy sources that are eligible for alternative energy credits was referred to a Pennsylvania Senate committee Monday.

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China Aims For Nuclear Dominance

The revival of China in economic terms can be seen as one of the greatest success stories in human history. The introduction of the country’s first Special Economic Zone in 1979 near Shenzhen led to unprecedented wealth in the decades that followed. Hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens have been lifted out of poverty, and President Xi Jinping recently announced the intention to eradicate absolute poverty by 2020. Unprecedented economic growth, however, has also created significant challenges such as pollution.

The global supply chain has

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Watch: Alberta advocate pushes for nuclear energy

Alberta’s most enthusiastic advocate for nuclear power might be engineer Sean Wagner, who runs the Alberta Nuclear Nucleus blog promoting the benefits of nuclear energy.

A nuclear plant could produce 0.5 to 1.3 gigawatts per day and about a dozen nuclear plants would meet all of Alberta’s electrical needs with essentially zero carbon emissions, Wagner says.



Having lived and worked in Edmonton which is an oil town, I'm surprised he got any air time, but I'm glad that he did....

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China’s Inland Civil Nuclear Strategy: Making the Case at Home First

Western environmental and energy policy communities have long berated China for refusing to abandon its reliance on thermal coal, the lifeblood of its industrial economy. But China’s commitment to expanding renewables has actually been extraordinary. Solar energy only became a viable solution in most OECD economies in 2013, after China had poured into the market and made cells affordable. A similar story occurred in 2016 with batteries for electric vehicles and hybrids; these only became a reality once Chinese component-makers could produce batteries cheaply enough to create economies of scale.

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