August 06, 2010

Carnival of Nuclear Energy 13

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1. Rod Adams at Atomic Insights has Lew Hay, CEO of NextEra Energy, Explains the Need for Nuclear Energy

Lew Hay has written an op-ed for the most recent issue of Bloomberg BusinessWeek titled A New Dawn for Nuclear that lays out the need for new nuclear energy, the reasons why he and his well qualified planning staff know that traditional "renewables" cannot do the job, and the reasons why he and his fellow utility executives are pressing hard for consistent policies that enable and encourage nuclear energy investments. Rod Adams, publisher of Atomic Insights, explains why he agrees with that assessment

2. YesVermontYankee discusses why she loves nuclear.

Nuclear power truly has the ability to change the earth, and improve the lives of poor people and save the lives of women and children. There is really nothing else like it.

Prosperity is good for making people's lives longer and richer, and allowing women to participate in the greater business of the world.

The fact is: prosperity and electricity use go together. As you can see, prosperity and electricity increase together on average as a straight line, especially in the 0 to $15,000 per capita region

3. Dan Yurman at Idaho Samizdat looks at whether Constellation will walk away from Calvert Cliffs III and at the status of loan guarantees.

4. NEI Nuclear notes looks at germany's nuclear conundrum.

The lifespan of Germany's nuclear power plants must be extended "modestly" in order to gradually reach the country's goal of having renewable energy as its main source of energy, German Vice-chancellor and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Wednesday.

In 2008 the gross electric power generation in Germany totaled 639 billion kWh. A major proportion of the electricity supply is based on lignite (23.5 %), nuclear energy (23.3 %) and hard coal (20.1 %). Natural gas has a share of 13 %. Renewables (wind, water, biomass) account for 15.1 %.
Germany has to increase renewables from 15.1% to 38.4% of its energy supply.

5. Germany is considering extending nuclear reactors to 2042 and Taiwan is looking to add ten reactors to allow less usage of coal power and gas. Note: the Taiwan and German situations clearly show countries choosing between nuclear and coal over the next few decades.

6. China's Qinshan nuclear power plant has put its 650,000-kw expansion power generator unit into test run and connected it to the national electric power grid on Sunday, three months earlier than expected.

7. Lawrenceville Plasma Physics has captured a picture of a plasmoid in their Dense Plasma Focus Fusion Project

The dark rectangular shadows at the top are two of the 3/8-inch cathode rods. The bright line across the image, separating the light from the dark areas, is the plasma sheath.

8. Energy from thorium presents the first part of a series of articles that look at uranium enrichment

“Enrichment” or more particularly “uranium enrichment” is probably one of those phrases that the average person hears on television or reads on the Internet and has only the vaguest concept of what it means. They likely think “it’s bad” and “it has something to do with uranium, which I think is bad, for some reason”. Commentators and journalists decry the idea that Iran *gasp* might have access to uranium enrichment. Our leaders both domestic and international, loudly thunder that lesser nations shall not be allowed to develop enrichment.

The whole trick in uranium enrichment is to separate molecules in a gas that have a mass of 349 from molecules that have a mass of 352

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