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Industrial heat is important because there are no renewable post-carbon energy sources that are particularly good at producing the sort of heat that is required by many industrial processes. Very high temperature nuclear reactors turn out to be about the only source of industrial process heat that does not produce CO2. If any nation wants a chemical industry, or even manufacture cement in the post carbon era, it will need access to a very high temperature nuclear technology.
The Pebble Bed Advanced High Temperature Reactor is a hybrid cross between a gas cooled Pebble Bed Reactor and a Molten Salt Reactor. The most significant advantage of this hybrid is its small core. The use of gas coolants in PBMRs requires large cores proportional to power outputs. The hybrid might be more attractive to regulators than a MSR. It looks more like a conventional reactor.
Summary: As Vermont Yankee goes into a refueling outage, business is booming around Brattleboro, plant employees are discriminated against at the local hardware store, and the folks in Montpelier (Vermont’s capital) do business as usual. Montpelier decides that intervenors can tour the plant during the outage, no matter how difficult that might be for the plant.
The meeting room was set up for poster-type exhibits, like a science fair. Exhibits included:
A big model of the plant
An excellent diagram of the famous Advanced Off Gas System.
A timeline on the tritium leak detection.
On-going slide shows and videos.
Several areas devoted to various aspects of tritium.
Entergy also had a great new fact sheet about tritium at Vermont Yankee.
The core purpose of ANS is to promote the awareness and understanding of the application of nuclear science and technology. They provide educational information for the public and journals, newsletters and other publications.
6. Idaho Samizdat had coverage of the UAE selection of a remote beach at Braka in Abu Dhabi on the Persian gulf about 50 km (31 miles) from the center of Abu Dhabi’s oil industry at Rawis as home to four new nuclear reactors to be built by a South Korean consortium.
8. Capacity Factor considers what the new coalition government in the UK will mean for nuclear energy in the UK. The two coalition parties are polar opposites on nuclear.
9. Atomic Insights reports of a Platts sponsored meeting titled Small Modular Reactor: Time Frame for Development and Outlook for Commercial Viability that will be held in Washington, DC on June 28 and 29 and explains why Charles Faddis does not know beans about nuclear energy.
* Not Just Anyone Can Cause a Meltdown
* China Syndrome Debunked
* Redundant Cooling Systems
* Hard Target
* Safe from 9/11 Style Attack
* Safe From Car Bombs
12. Brave New Climate provides an update on some recent media Barry Brook has been doing — and will be presenting in the near future — on nuclear power and climate change. Barry also recommend some excellent information pamphlets.
14. Russia, Italy and MIT are working on the Ignitor nuclear fusion reactor. This will be a smaller tokomak variant with a stronger magnetic field.