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energyTurning 1 million tons of used nuclear fuel by 2050 into energy

The amount of used nuclear fuel will continue to increase, reaching around 1 million tonnes by 2050. The uranium and plutonium that could be extracted from that used fuel would be sufficient to provide fuel for at least 140 light …

chinaUS ceased construction on two AP1000 nuclear reactors because of delays and costs

1. Scana Corporation subsidiary South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCG&E) yesterday announced its decision to cease construction of two AP1000 reactors at VC Summer. The announcement followed co-owner Santee Cooper’s decision to suspend construction because of projected completion delays and …

canadaA handful of North American advanced nuclear reactor projects have made substantial progress

Third way has a report on 48 north american companies and research institutions working on advanced small nuclear reactors. Only five of those north american projects are considered to be in more advanced development by the World Nuclear association. The …

economic impactBreakthrough in size, safety of a complete nuclear power module in a shipping container

There are new small modular reactors where the nuclear reactor could be approaching the size of a shipping container but then the balance of the nuclear plant (turbines and other systems) is far larger. Holos Generator is transportable (by heavy …

energyVery small modular nuclear fission reactors for military and space applications

The Defense Science Board has a 99 page report which proposes that the US military fund the development of very small nuclear reactors for forward remote operating bases. The Task Force reviewed several nuclear reactor concepts that differ in size …

canadaCanada will make dozens of small modular nuclear reactors

Ontario Power Generation plans to fill a predicted supply gap in the 2030s with new nuclear capacity and the utility is collaborating with Saskatchewan on the potential for a Pan-Canadian fleet of Small Modular Reactors, Nicolle Butcher, OPG’s Vice …

chinaChina has started loading pebble bed fuel into new reactor which will begin operation later this year

The loading of spherical fuel elements has begun at China’s Shidaowan HTR-PM – a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) demonstration project. The unit is scheduled to begin operating later this year. The first of the graphite spheres was loaded within the …

energyModern Anti-tank weapons could be used to support Ukraine and deter Russian Aggression

For more than two years, Ukraine has been outgunned battling Russian-backed rebels and Russian soldiers in Crimea. Given that peace agreements have failed to end the conflict and Russia consistently lies about not helping rebels fight Ukrainian forces, should America …

canadaWill Solar and Wind Surpass Hydro by early 2020s ?

Several energy analysts who are pro-solar and wind believe that they will dominate global energy and not face limitations based upon grid issues and other factors The pro-solar case is based upon massive scaling of lower cost solar and low …

chinaLunar Xprize landings are targeted for 2017

The Google Lunar XPrize challenges privately funded teams to be the first to land on the moon, travel 500 meters, and send back pictures, for a $20 million jackpot. Although science was never the primary driver for the prize, the …