Beyond Business as Usual: Investigating a Future without Coal and Nuclear Power in the U.S.
Beyond business as usual
U.S. Senate forwards bill to license advanced nuclear power
A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators easily advanced a bill last week that will update regulations to help drive advanced nuclear power plants into the market. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 18-3 to pass the bill, sponsored by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), which is an updated version of a similar bill that stalled in the Senate last year. The bill would require the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to develop a regulatory framework enabling the licensing of advanced nuclear reactors,...
MiniLab™ 153 Enters Nuclear Power Plants
he MiniLab Series is rapidly being adopted by nuclear power plants in China and worldwide to provide on-site oil analysis, avoiding unplanned failures and preventing costly downtime. Sending samples to outside laboratories can be particularly expensive for nuclear power plants, as many outside laboratories are not equipped to handle radioactive samples and those that can often charge high rates for doing so. In an industry as critical as nuclear power, the turnaround time associated with off-site labs is often...
New technique could extract endless nuclear power from seawater
Scientists have discovered a new technique that can capture uranium from seawater, helping make nuclear power accessible to countries that lack uranium mines. The ocean has already been known to be a good source of uranium, however efforts to extract the critical ingredient for nuclear fission have produced insufficient quantities. Now researchers at Stanford University say they have developed a new technique that can capture up to three times more, enough to make seawater-based uranium economically viable. &ldq...
Nuclear Energy Institute Offers A Look At Nuclear Technology Innovations
Within 25 to 30 years, a U.S. electric grid built on a foundation of light water reactors will include a range of new designs that will provide a wide array of critical capabilities to meet the energy needs of the future, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute. These designs are the outgrowth of decades of innovation from scientists and entrepreneurs who see a new generation of nuclear technology capable of meeting the needs of a changing energy future. Progress in three sets of nuclear technologies currently...
The Nuclear manufacturing industry gets a big boost
Over last summer, the New York State Public Service Commission approved $7.6 billion to keep aging power plants in upstate New York running. The subsidy is part of New York’s proposed Clean Energy Standard (CES). Before the subsidy approval, nuclear power companies, including Exelon, stressed they could not keep the plants open without government assistance. Exelon intended to close its Nine Mile Point and Ginna nuclear plants if the Commission failed to approve CES. This was welcome news for both the...