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  • Northern Lights' Physics Could Aid in Nuclear Fusion

    05/07/2014 3:25:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Live Science ^ | May 06, 2014 10:25am ET | Katia Moskvitch,
    The aurora is more than just a breathtaking display of light. It may also hold the secret of a magnetic phenomenon related to the nuclear fusion powering the sun. This secret could even help create nuclear fusion in the lab, says a team of researchers. Nuclear fusion is a reaction that combines the nuclei of two atoms into one. The process powers stars, but getting a self-sustained fusion reaction going on Earth is very difficult, and has so far eluded scientists. For example, in February, researchers at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California made headlines when they managed to spur...
  • Crews preparing to enter underground nuke dump (NM)

    03/27/2014 5:17:37 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 3/27/14 | Staff
    he Department of Energy said Thursday it expects to get underground next week to begin investigating the cause and extent of a mysterious radiation leak from the government's nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico. Officials said the inspections of the shafts that workers will use to access the half-mile-deep repository are complete and they are preparing to send an initial crew of eight into the mine early next week. The dump has been shuttered since mid-February, when radiation was released above ground and into the air around Carlsbad, contaminating at least 17 workers with low doses of radiation. Four...
  • UVU develops innovative nuclear technology (Thorium LFTR)

    03/21/2014 2:54:13 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 74 replies
    uvureview ^ | February 4th, 2014 | KresLynn Knous
    UVU develops innovative nuclear technology 10 comments, Tuesday, February 4th, 2014, by KresLynn Knouse, in News UVU’s office of Technology Commercialization is currently in the process of developing a unique model of a nuclear reactor known as the molten salt reactor, or MSR. MSRs have the ability to recycle the 270,000 metric tons of toxic waste generated from traditional light water reactors into a substantial power supply.MSR development has received increased attention from countries such as China, India, Australia, and Japan due to the efficiency, safety and ‘eco-friendly’ features of the system.MSR design innovators have boasted the potential to boost...
  • Chinese going for broke on thorium nuclear power, and good luck to them

    03/19/2014 4:28:24 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 180 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3-19-14 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The nuclear race is on. China is upping the ante dramatically on thorium nuclear energy. Scientists in Shanghai have been told to accelerate plans (sorry for the pun) to build the first fully-functioning thorium reactor within ten years, instead of 25 years as originally planned. This is definitely a race. China faces fierce competition from overseas and to get there first will not be an easy task, says Professor Li Zhong, a leader of the programme. He said researchers are working under warlike pressure to deliver. Good for them. They may do the world a big favour. They may even...
  • Thorium, a Safer Nuclear Alternative?

    03/18/2014 6:15:44 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 14 replies
    french-news-online ^ | April 3, 2011
    Thorium, a Safer Nuclear Alternative? Added by admin on April 3, 2011.Saved under TourismTags: Areva, Brave New Climate Blog, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Fukushima, George Monbiot, Grenoble, Jean-Marie Loiseaux, Joe Bonometti, Laboratoire de Physique Subatomique et de Cosmologie de Grenoble, LFTR- Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor, Lightbridge, molten-salt nuclear reactor, Oak Ridge National Lab, Professor Barry Brook, Roger Brisso, Thorium, Thorium Energy Alliance, US Atomic Energy Commission, Wired As France, dependent on 58 reactors for 75-80% of its energy, firmly reasserts its faith in nuclear in the wake of Fukushima, China is headed towards a clean...
  • Chinese scientists urged to develop new thorium nuclear reactors by 2024

    03/18/2014 6:07:20 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 14 replies
    scmp ^ | Tuesday, 18 March, 2014, 11:42pm | Stephen Chen
    Chinese scientists urged to develop new thorium nuclear reactors by 2024 PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 March, 2014, 11:42pm UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 March, 2014, 4:54am Stephen Chen \ Beijing wants to cut its reliance on coal-fired power. Photo: AP The deadline to develop a new design of nuclear power plant has been brought forward by 15 years as the central government tries to reduce the nation's reliance on smog-producing coal-fired power stations.A team of scientists in Shanghai had originally been given 25 years to try to develop the world's first nuclear plant using the radioactive element thorium as...
  • Thorium Powered Car Could Run 100 Years On Just 8 Grams of Fuel

    03/14/2014 12:42:38 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 85 replies ^ | March 5, 2014 | Arjun Walia.
    Atomic Car Revisited: Thorium Could Power A Vehicle for 100 Years? By George Kennedy 5 hours ago   A car that could run for 100 years on one tank of fuel? It sounds like a far-fetched idea, but it is just what a company is apparently claiming possible with the use of an atomic fuel that was abandoned during the Nixon administration. We’re talking about the sounds-too-good-to-be-true substance called “Thorium.”Thorium is a naturally occurring radioactive element. It was discovered in 1828 by a Norwegian mineralogist and identified by a Swedish chemist, who then named it after the Norse god, Thor.ATOMIC...
  • China Is Using US Research to Take the Lead on Thorium Reactor Development

    12/22/2013 4:05:38 PM PST · by ckilmer · 27 replies
    motherboard ^ | March 12, 2013 | By Derek Mead
    Thorium China Is Using US Research to Take the Lead on Thorium Reactor Development   By Derek MeadA CAD render of an old Oak Ridge molten salt reactor design, via Flibe Energy In the fracking-dominated and carbon-obsessed United States, we often forget that carbon-neutral energy doesn't have to simply be solar and wind. There's also nuclear power, of which alternative, safe power cycles exist, ones that were first developed by American researchers. But after years of sitting around, that research is finally being put to use–by China.We've long discussed the thorium dream in depth here at Motherboard, largely because it's oh...
  • Future Energy, Thorium and the LFTR reactor (excellent video).

    10/29/2013 7:38:54 PM PDT · by Kolath · 3 replies
    You Tube ^ | 8/31/13 | 2112design
    The science, technology and economics of using Thorium in a power generating nuclear reactor and the future of energy over the next 20 to 50 years
  • Thorium, Heavy Rare Earths, China & the Loss of Hi-Tech Manufacturing Jobs

    10/06/2013 6:11:05 PM PDT · by Kolath · 2 replies
    You Tube ^ | 10/10/11 | Thorium Remix
    Thorium policy in all western nations undermines the successful development of a domestic rare earth market. All of the rare earths that most western mining companies are willing to process are what they call bastnasites or carbonatites. They select these rare earths not because of the high ratios of rare earths but simply the absence of thorium. Manufacturers using rare earth elements in their products are relocating their manufacturing base inside China. The jobs in manufacturing transfer from the United States and western Europe into the Chinese mainland. This impacts consumer electronics, green technologies & military technology.
  • Greentec Award reinstated to Molten Salt Thorium reactor design

    08/04/2013 11:58:23 AM PDT · by Kolath · 11 replies
    nextbigfuture ^ | 08/03/2013 | Brian Wang
    The Dual-Fluid Reactor, a MSR (Molten Salt Reactor) was entered into the Greentec contest by Berlins Institute for Solid-State Nuclear Physics. MSRs and other advanced nuclear designs auger a CO2-free energy future and represent clear improvements in nuclear safety, efficiency, and waste management when compared to conventional nuclear. The Dual-Fluid Reactor (DFR) can also be used as a source of industrial process heat to make hydrogen and synthetic fuels.
  • A Boy and His Nuclear Reactor (Taylor Wilson & LFTR Thorium Reactors)

    08/01/2013 3:08:37 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 16 replies
    neinuclearnotes | Friday, May 17, 2013
    Taylor Wilson built a fusion reactor at age 14 and remains interested in nuclear technology. So, at 19, he has presented his idea for a small reactor concept that uses molten salt to make the smaller reactor both more powerful and more efficient than their cousins. Wilson's fission reactor operates at 600 to 700 degrees Celsius. And because the laws of thermodynamics say that high temperatures lead to high efficiencies, this reactor is 45 to 50 percent efficient. Traditional steam turbine systems are only 30 to 35 percent efficient because their reactors run at low temperatures of about 200 to...
  • Bill Gates Is Beginning to Dream the Thorium Dream

    07/27/2013 2:59:13 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 27 replies
    motherboard ^ | 7/4/2014 | Brian Merchant
    Bill Gates Is Beginning to Dream the Thorium Dream By Brian Merchant Image: Wikimedia Mention thoriuman alternative fuel for nuclear powerto the right crowd, and faces will alight with the same look of spirited devotion you might see in, say, Twin Peaks and Chicago Cubs fans. People love thorium against the odds. And now Bill Gates has given them a new reason to keep rooting for the underdog element. TerraPower, the Gates-chaired nuclear power company, has garnered attention for pursuing traveling wave reactor tech, which runs entirely on spent uranium and would rarely need to be refueled. But the concern...
  • Bill Gates nuclear company explores molten salt reactors, thorium

    07/24/2013 9:21:40 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 32 replies
    Weinberg Foundation ^ | July 23rd, 2013 | Mark Halper
    Bill Gates nuclear company explores molten salt reactors, thorium July 23rd, 2013 Posted by Mark Halper Bill Gates TED Jurvetson Flickr Opening the nuclear Gates. TerraPower, Bill Gates nuclear company, is now open to reactor types other than its traveling wave design. The traveling wave remains the companys focus, although Terra has morphed it into more of a standing wave. TerraPower, the Bill Gates-chaired nuclear company that is developing a fast reactor, is now investigating alternative reactor technologies, including thorium fuel and molten salt reactors. While the companys big bet continues to be on a fast reactor that TerraPower calls...
  • Mark Halper - Thorium Trail Widens @ TEAC5

    07/21/2013 5:49:04 PM PDT · by Kolath · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/6/2013 | gordonmcdowell
    Mark Halper delivers a thorium year-in-review at the Thorium Energy Alliance's 5th conference, in Chicago on May 30th 2013. The plot thickens....
  • Jim Kennedy - Link Between Thorium and Self Reliance in Rare Earths & Energy

    07/14/2013 1:31:37 PM PDT · by Kolath · 6 replies
    You Tube ^ | Jul 20, 2012 | gordonmcdowell
    The western world has within its capacity far more than enough rare earths (including heavy rare earths) to meet its own industrial demand. It is an unwillingness to process material containing thorium which is ultimately impeding our high tech manufacturing sector.
  • Former NE Senator Bob Kerrey joins US Rare Earths (can he solve the "thorium problem?)

    07/04/2013 12:51:55 PM PDT · by Kolath · 16 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 7/1/13 | Jonah Goldbert
    NEW YORK, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- U.S. Rare Earths, Inc., "UREE", UREE +8.00% , a rare earths exploration company with mining claims in Idaho, Montana, and Colorado, announced today the appointment of J. Robert Kerrey, former U.S. Senator and Governor of Nebraska, to the Company's Board of Directors. "We are delighted to add an independent Director with Bob's wide range of experience, and his familiarity with critical issues of national importance. It should now become clear that we are in the process at UREE of building an extremely accomplished team on the Board of Directors. Our intention...
  • Thorium Reactors (Info 101 and findings by the original ORNL scientists)

    06/07/2013 6:27:51 PM PDT · by ak267 · 16 replies ^ | January 2013 | Peter Reinhardt
    My last article about thorium as an alternative nuclear reactor fuel drew way more readers than I expected. I intentionally glossed over the complexities of specific reactor designs for the sake of simplicity, but in this article I want to go deeper. This article explains some of the differences between traditional uranium reactors and molten salt thorium reactors (MSRs).
  • Vanity: Thorium Now!!!!

    05/30/2013 3:41:24 PM PDT · by ak267 · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | March 2012 | 123ross456
    Learn more about Thorium reactors and the potential. (5 minute overview) (36 minutes...more "techie") (about 1 hour....symposium like discussion)
  • Nuclear futures: thorium could be the silver bullet to solve our energy crisis

    05/25/2013 6:45:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 42 replies
    The Conversation ^ | 22 May 2013 | Robert Cywinski
    The only source of energy that can meet global demand while avoiding greenhouse gas emissions is nuclear power. But our perception of nuclear power is coloured by issues of safety, radiotoxic waste, and the threat of nuclear proliferation. Yet there is a safer alternative to current nuclear technology Author Robert Cywinski Professor, Special Research Advisor at University of Huddersfield Disclosure Statement Robert Cywinski receives funding from the EPSRC and STFC The Conversation is funded by CSIRO, Melbourne, Monash, RMIT, UTS, UWA, Canberra, CDU, Deakin, Flinders, Griffith, JCU, La Trobe, Massey, Murdoch, Newcastle. QUT, Swinburne, UniSA, USC, USQ, UTAS, UWS and...
  • Bill Gates' Dream for a Nuclear-Powered Future Is Almost Here

    03/20/2014 10:59:38 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 31 replies ^ | March 4, 2014 | Maxx Chatsko
    Bill Gates' Dream for a Nuclear-Powered Future Is Almost Here By Maxx Chatsko | More Articles | Save For Later March 4, 2014 | Comments (1) Is this the future of clean energy? Source: TerraPower.Things may be different today, butin its heyday, Microsoftwas a game-changing companythat forever altered the way the world interacted with computers. The creative genius and foresight of Bill Gates has paid off in a significant way: He's the wealthiest person in the world with a net worth of $76 billion, according to Forbes. While Gates still advises Microsoft, he has turned much of his...
  • Radiation leak forces closure at New Mexico waste burial site

    02/21/2014 1:43:43 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 10 replies ^ | February 17, 2014, | RALPH VARTABEDIAN
    Normal operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant have been suspended for four days as the leak is investigated. ... the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, activated air filters as a precaution and barred personnel from entering the 2,150-foot-deep repository as they investigate what caused the leak. Radiation sensors sounded alarms at 11:30 p.m. Friday, when no workers were in the underground portions of the plant. ... Any prolonged shutdown could cause a backup of waste at a dozen nuclear-weapons-related sites across the nation, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Bay Area. In 2012, those dozen sites made...
  • Sustainable nuclear fusion breakthrough raises hopes for ultimate green energy

    02/13/2014 1:58:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 02/13/2014 | Ian Sample
    US researchers have achieved a world first in an ambitious experiment that aims to recreate the conditions at the heart of the sun and pave the way for nuclear fusion reactors. The scientists generated more energy from fusion reactions than they put into the nuclear fuel, in a small but crucial step along the road to harnessing fusion power. The ultimate goal to produce more energy than the whole experiment consumes remains a long way off, but the feat has nonetheless raised hopes that after decades of setbacks, firm progress is finally being made. Fusion energy has the...
  • Fort Calhoun Station Reenergizing

    12/17/2013 3:51:04 PM PST · by HereInTheHeartland · 7 replies
    Fort Calhoun Nuclear plant is restarting!! My daughter has a key role there.
  • Nobel physicist: Thorium trumps all fuels as energy source

    11/06/2013 11:49:31 PM PST · by Innovative · 48 replies
    Smart Planet ^ | Nov 5, 2013 | mark Halper
    Carlo Rubbia, a former director of the CERN laboratory who shared the 1984 Nobel Prize in Physics, described thorium as having absolute pre-eminence over all other fuels including fossil fuels and uranium, the metallic element that has driven reactors since nuclear first started powering public grids in 1956. In order to be vigorously continued, nuclear power must be profoundly modified, Rubbia said at the Thorium Energy Conference 2013, held on the CERN campus here last week. Rubbia pointed out that thorium leaves less long-lived waste than uranium, is far more plentiful and is resistant to weapons proliferation, as I reported...
  • Experts say nuclear power needed to slow warming

    11/03/2013 5:44:42 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies
    Experts say nuclear power needed to slow warming Associated Press By KEVIN BEGOS 1 hour ago PITTSBURGH (AP) Some of the world's top climate scientists say wind and solar energy won't be enough to head off extreme global warming, and they're asking environmentalists to support the development of safer nuclear power as one way to cut fossil fuel pollution. Four scientists who have played a key role in alerting the public to the dangers of climate change sent letters Sunday to leading environmental groups and politicians around the world. The letter, an advance copy of which was given to...
  • Thorium backed as a 'future fuel'

    11/01/2013 1:47:34 PM PDT · by Innovative · 107 replies
    BBC News ^ | Oct 31, 2013 | Roger Harrabin
    Nuclear scientists are being urged by the former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix to develop thorium as a new fuel. Mr Blix says that the radioactive element may prove much safer in reactors than uranium. His enthusiasm is shared by some in the British nuclear establishment. Scientists at the UKs National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) have been encouraged by the government to help research on an Indian thorium-based reactor, and on a test programme in Norway. China is going for a revolutionary approach, devising a next-generation reactor which its supporters say will enable thorium to be used much more safely than...
  • This Thorium Reactor Has the Power of a Norse God

    07/04/2013 12:17:13 PM PDT · by Innovative · 57 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | July 3, 2013 | Andrew Tarantola
    This stuff could very well revolutionize nuclear power. Thorium-MOX can be formed into rods and used in current generation (Gen II) nuclear reactor with minimal retrofitting. Thor Energy is currently testing the new technology on the small scale. A prototype reactor will power a paper mill in the town of Halden, Norway for the next five years. If the fuel proves to be commercially viable during that test, we could see a sea change in nuclear power by the end of the decade.
  • Finally! Independent Testing Of Rossi's E-Cat Cold Fusion Device: Maybe World Will Change After All

    05/21/2013 2:24:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 20, 2013 | Mark Gibbs
    Back in October 2011 I first wrote about Italian engineer, Andrea Rossi, and his E-Cat project, a device that produces heat through a process called a Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR). Very briefly, LENR, otherwise called cold fusion, is a technique that generates energy through low temperature (far lower than hot fusion temperatures which are in the range of tens off thousands of degrees) reactions that are not chemical. Most importantly, LENR is, theoretically, much safer, much simpler, and many orders of magnitude cheaper than hot fusion. Rather than explaining LENR in detail here please see my original posting for...
  • Two Years After Fukushima, Japan Reassesses Nuclear

    03/13/2013 5:12:15 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 13, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Nuclear Power: Buoyed by data showing that outside the immediate area, radiation dangers remain small, Japan's pro-nuclear prime minister seeks to restart other shut-down reactors to restart a stagnant economy. It has been two years since the March 11, 2011, Honshu quake and tsunami that killed nearly 19,000 people, smashed Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima plant, and put the brakes on the worldwide commercial use of nuclear power. Days after the quake which registered at 9.0 on the Richter scale and was equal to about 336 million tons of TNT, a quake so powerful it shifted the position of...
  • Yucca Mountain: A Post-Mortem

    12/17/2012 3:16:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    The New Atlantis ^ | Fall 2012 | Adam J. White
    Department of Energy Imagine the following scenario: The President of the United States delivers a speech on nuclear energy. With gasoline prices high and oil being imported from unfriendly countries, the president says that “a more abundant, affordable, and secure energy future” will be a crucial part of getting the nation out of its economic slump. “One of the best potential sources of new electrical energy supplies in the coming decades,” the president notes, “is nuclear power.” But there are obstacles: Nuclear power has become entangled in a morass of regulations that do not enhance safety but that do cause...
  • Cold Fusion and the Energy Crisis: to be or not to be?

    12/13/2012 1:48:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Foreign Policy Journal ^ | November 30, 2012 | Dr. Stoyan Sarg
    While the year 2011 will be remembered for the remarkable progress in cold fusion achieved in Italy and more particularly by the E-cat reactors of Andrea Rossi, the year 2012 will be remembered for the slow progress of its recognition by the mainstream establishments. Cold fusion, known also as LENR, is a new and safer type of nuclear energy that will rival the currently used unsafe nuclear power. Its advantages are unparalleled: a lack of radioactive waste and byproducts that could be used for a weapon; abundance of fuel (nickel) without the need for mining of radioactive uranium with the...
  • Fermis Anniversary: Seventy years ago, a scientific breakthrough revolutionized nuclear technology.

    12/05/2012 2:28:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 5, 2012 | Robert Zubrin
    Enrico Fermi This week marks the 70th anniversary of a turning point in human history.It was on December 2, 1942, that Enrico Fermi ordered the control rods pulled from the nuclear reactor he had built under the west stands of the University of Chicago’s Stagg Field stadium, thereby initiating the first artificial sustained-fission reaction in human history. A cryptic message flashed the electrifying news back to Washington. “The Italian navigator has landed in the new world.”The consequences of Fermi’s success were profound. Within two and a half years, the Manhattan Project advanced to build both uranium-isotope-separation and plutonium-manufacturing facilities on...
  • No to Nukes: Nuclear power isnt cost-effective, no matter how you do the math.

    06/27/2012 9:04:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 100 replies
    Reason ^ | July 2012 | Veronique de Rugy
    When Barack Obama was just a baby, nuclear energy was touted as the technology that would finally provide pollution-free, limitless electricity for all. In its famous 1962 Port Huron Statement, the left-wing Students for a Democratic Society gushed about how our monster citiesmight now be humanized thanks to nuclear power. Like so many predictions about the future, that one rather dramatically missed the mark. Surprising as it may seem, the United States still generates around 20 percent of its electricity from nuclear power plants. This despite the fact that no new facilities have been built since the notorious Three Mile...
  • Feds: Calif. nuke plant to remain shut for probe

    03/27/2012 10:15:47 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 36 replies ^ | March 27th, 2012 | Associated Press
    The troubled San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California will remain shut down while investigators try to solve a mystery inside its massive generators _ the rapid decay of tubing that carries radioactive water, federal regulators said Tuesday. The announcement that formalized an agreement with operator Southern California Edison came on the same day that a report commissioned by an environmental group claimed the utility misled the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about design changes that are the likely culprit in excessive tube wear. A four-page letter to Edison from NRC Regional Administrator Elmo E. Collins laid out a series of steps...
  • New nuclear reactors set to be OK'd for Georgia

    02/08/2012 6:35:56 PM PST · by matt04 · 29 replies
    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to approve licenses to build two new nuclear reactors Thursday, the first approvals in over 30 years. The reactors are being built in Georgia by a consortium of utilities led by Southern Co. They will be sited at the Vogtle nuclear power plant complex, about 170 miles east of Atlanta. The plant already houses two older reactors. Spokespeople for Southern Co. and the NRC were quiet on the matter Wednesday ahead of the vote set for Thursday at 12 PM ET. If approved, NRC staff would likely issue a construction and operating license...
  • OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Feds set to approve first new nuke reactors in decades (Georgia)

    02/08/2012 5:28:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/08/12 | Andrew Restuccia, Ben Geman
    OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Feds set to approve first new nuke reactors in decadesBy Andrew Restuccia and Ben Geman - 02/08/12 05:42 PM ET State of play: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is set to approve the construction of two nuclear reactors at Southern Co.s Vogtle power plant in Georgia. The approval, expected Thursday, would mark the first time that the commission has authorized construction of a new nuclear reactor since 1978. Industry and anti-nuclear groups expect the commission to approve the license, a move that would allow construction of the reactors and conditionally authorize their operation. The commission is slated to vote...
  • The Impact of Germanys Decision to Phase out Nuclear Energy

    11/11/2011 10:20:50 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 5 replies ^ | 09/11/2011 | John Daly
    On 30 May, in the aftermath of Japans Fukushima nuclear disaster, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany would close all of its 18 nuclear power plants between 2015 and 2022, which produce about 28 percent of the country's electricity. Eight have now been taken offline, and with the winter coming on Berlin is scrambling to make up the energy shortfall lest the country suffer blackouts combined with the need to import massive amounts of electricity. Despite Germany's Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (German Development Bank) being set to underwrite renewable energy and energy efficiency investments in Germany worth $137.3 billion over...
  • How Germany Phased Out Nuclear Power, Only to Get Mugged by Reality

    10/31/2011 3:50:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 34 replies
    The New Republic ^ | October 31, 2011 | Aaron Wiener
    Berlin, Germany—For years, environmentalists in America have looked longingly to Germany. There, across the Atlantic, lay a small, cold, gray country whose solar energy production dwarfed big, sunny America’s, a nation that last year pledged to get 80 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by mid-century while Americans proved unable to agree on energy legislation even a fraction as ambitious. Yet in bowing to the country’s strong anti-nuclear movement, Germany appears to have suddenly gone off track: Within the last year the country has gone from a net exporter of energy to a net importer, and the carbon intensity...
  • Armenias Aging Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant Alarms Caucasian Neighbors

    10/06/2011 8:33:02 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 7 replies ^ | 01/10/2011 | John Daly
    The USSR might have imploded two decades ago, but debris from its headlong industrialization drive litter the post-Soviet landscape, and nothing more unsettles the population of the fifteen new nations carved out of the Soviet Union than its nuclear legacy. The poster child for Caucasian nuclear concerns is Armenias aging Metsamor nuclear power plant, which provides nearly 40 percent of the countrys electricity. The facility has not only alarmed neighboring Georgia, Turkey and Azerbaijan but begun to receive international notice as well - on 11 April National Geographic ran a story entitled Is Armenias Nuclear Plant the Worlds Most Dangerous?...
  • Clearing New Nuclear At The NRC

    08/16/2011 2:05:23 PM PDT · by KyGeezer · 4 replies
    Aol Energy ^ | August 15, 2011 | Aol Staff
    Despite the post-Fukushima backlash, the United States may be on its way to building its next new nuclear reactors. On August 9, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued this document, publicly announcing that it had completed its Final Safety Evaluation Report (FSER) for a limited work authorization (LWA) and Combined Licenses (COL) for the proposed Vogtle Units 3 and 4 reactors at the existing Southern Company nuclear plant of the same name in northeast Georgia. Although Southern submitted its application to build two new reactors on March 28, 2008, it is still waiting for the green light. For now, this NRC...
  • Geoneutrinos confirm that half of the heat from the earth's interior is from ... Uranium and thorium

    07/18/2011 1:51:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | 07-17-2011 | Staff
    A main source of the 44 trillion watts of heat that flows from the interior of the Earth is the decay of radioactive isotopes in the mantle and crust. Scientists using the KamLAND neutrino detector in Japan have measured how much heat is generated this way by capturing geoneutrinos released during radioactive decay. The Earth has cooled since its formation, yet the decay of radiogenic isotopes, and in particular uranium, thorium and potassium, in the planet’s interior provides a continuing heat source. The current total heat flux from the Earth to space is 44.2±1.0 TW, but the relative contributions from residual...
  • Despite Fukushima, Russias Nuclear Industry is Open for Business

    07/08/2011 7:34:57 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies ^ | 07/07/2011 | John Daly
    Japans 11 March catastrophe at its six-reactor Daichi Fukushima nuclear power complex has had global repercussions, hardly surprising given the trillions of dollars invested in civilian nuclear energy over the last five decades. Ironically, just a year ago the nuclear power industry saw itself on the verge of a renaissance, with worldwide concerns about global warming causing many to reconsider the merits of nuclear energy, which produces no greenhouse gases. Events in Japan changed all that, and hit the big three exporters of civilian nuclear power technology hard the U.S., France and the Russian Federation. While the first two...
  • Worldwide Nuclear Industry Woes Deepen

    06/29/2011 11:49:07 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 1+ views ^ | 27/06/2011 | John Daly
    The year 2011 will go down for the nuclear industry worldwide as an annus horribilis. First came the March Fukushima nuclear disaster, with operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) belatedly acknowledging that three of the facilitys six reactors did, in fact, suffer core meltdowns. On 20 June Moody's Investors Service obligingly cut its credit rating on TEPCO to junk status and kept the operator of Japan's crippled nuclear power plant on review for possible further downgrade, citing uncertainty over the fate of its bailout plan. TEPCO is Japan's largest corporate bond issuer and its shares are widely held by financial...
  • AP IMPACT: NRC and industry rewrite nuke history

    06/28/2011 6:40:13 AM PDT · by RS_Rider · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 28, 2011 | JEFF DONN
    ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) When commercial nuclear power was getting its start in the 1960s and 1970s, industry and regulators stated unequivocally that reactors were designed only to operate for 40 years. Now they tell another story insisting that the units were built with no inherent life span, and can run for up to a century, an Associated Press investigation shows. By rewriting history, plant owners are making it easier to extend the lives of dozens of reactors in a relicensing process that resembles nothing more than an elaborate rubber stamp. As part of a yearlong investigation of aging...
  • Why Japan Will Turn to Solar Energy Following Fukushima

    06/10/2011 7:42:19 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 39 replies ^ | 10/06/2011 | John Daly
    As the dire news continues to leach out of Fukishima, the silver lining in its nuclear cloud is that renewable energy technologies, despite their daunting start-up costs, are receiving renewed scrutiny. Make no mistake - given the trillions of dollars invested over the last five decades in nuclear energy, the industry and its lobbyists will not go down without a fight, promoting new, safe reactor designs, etc. etc. etc. But the Fukushima debacle has finally bared the industrys darkest secret, it inability to manage its nuclear waste. The six reactor TEPCO Daichi Fukushima stored all its waste onsite, and the...
  • Safe, Cheap Nuclear: Thorium Fluoride Reactors

    05/22/2011 6:04:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 59 replies
    RealClearScience ^ | May 19, 2011 | Joseph Archer
    Now, following the release of radioactive material at the Fukushima plant in Japan, activists around the world threaten to eliminate nuclear power as an acceptable energy source. However, before governments indulge that knee-jerk response, they should consider the tremendous benefits of TFR. The fuel is in the form of a fluoride salt with a melting temperature of approximately 600 degrees Fahrenheit. Because the system is not pressurized, any reactor breach leading to a release of fuel would be driven only by gravity. Thus, the fluoride salt, instead of being blown into the atmosphere, would cool and solidify. Hazardous radioactive material...
  • Bjorn Lomborg: No Nukes?

    04/14/2011 8:47:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Project Syndicate ^ | April 13, 2011 | Bjorn Lomborg
    NEW YORK - When parts of Japan were devastated recently by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami, news of the human toll was quickly overshadowed by global fears of radioactive fallout from the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant. The concern was understandable: radiation is very frightening. I grew up in Denmark at a time when fear of nuclear power was pervasive. But our latest nuclear fears have broader implications, especially for energy supply and our desire to shift away from reliance on fossil fuels. It is difficult to step back at the time of a natural disaster to gain a broader...
  • Mayor of Fukushima city in restricted area appeals to world over plight

    04/01/2011 7:53:54 AM PDT · by SteveH · 42 replies
    Kyodo News ^ | April 1, 2011
    The mayor of Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, a city subject to a government directive for its residents to stay indoors to avoid radioactive fallout from a nuclear plant crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, has begun appealing to the world over the ''injustice'' of such an instruction. Speaking in a roughly 11-minute English-subtitled video posted on the video-sharing site Youtube on March 24, Katsunobu Sakurai said the government's directive has made life extremely difficult for local residents. ''Even volunteers and those delivering relief supplies have no choice but to enter (the city) at their own risk,'' said a grim-looking...
  • 7 household items that contain radiation

    04/01/2011 11:22:02 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 40 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 1, 2011 | Landon Hall
    My mother tells me that They say it's safe to eat food and drink milk that have shown trace amounts of radiation drifting from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan thousands of miles away. But when my mother says this, she's being sarcastic, because They, being the government They, simply cannot be trusted to tell us the truth on these matters. And a lot of other otherwise reasonable people feel the same way when we're told by a public or scientific entity that there's no reason to be worried. Which is why there was such widespread interest in...