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chinaChina adds nuclear energy and US courts allow state subsidy laws

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The Haiyang 2 AP1000 in China is the fourth AP1000 nuclear energy reactor to be connected to the electricity grid. Sanmen 1 became the first AP1000 to begin commercial operation in September, 2018. China has 1750 Gigawatts of power generation. …

nuclearNuclear thermal space propulsion update

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BWXT provided progress updates and technology demonstrations related to BWXT’s nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) program. Jim Reuter, NASA’s acting associate administrator of STMD, toured BWXT’s Advanced Technology Lab in Lynchburg, Virginia to learn more about BWXT’s progress on the program …

economic impactHumanity will not change for coral or ice but will change for money

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The new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius predicts a tolerable climate-changed world. Why is it tolerable? The IPCC predicts the ice caps and Greenlands ice will go away. They …

additive manufacturingCatalyzing major human space activities by 2030

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This October the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop is hosting a special Symposium at the Y-12 New Hope Center in Oak Ridge TN that will promote safe, fast, and affordable human development of our solar system – the first real steps …

energyHelion Energy got funding for possible breakeven fusion device this year

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Helion Energy has successfully raised $30 million raised in the past three years will be enough to get Helion through the debut of its 50-megwatt break-even nuclear fusion prototype. Helion’s commercial strategy is to build fusion reactors in Washington, with …

energyNextbigfuture said ITER would cost $45+ billion more and DOE agrees

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In 2017, Nextbigfuture said that the ITER tokamak fusion project would cost $45-60 billion more than the claimed $22 billion construction budget and US Department of Energy (DOE) agrees with a far higher cost estimate. On April 11, 2018, Paul …

energyTransatomic Energy shuts down and opensources IP

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Transatomic Energy started in 2011, realized there were mistakes in their original analyses in 2016 and has shutdown in 2018. They have made their work and molten salt reactor designs open source. As of January 2018, the advanced nuclear industry …

bill gatesCommonwealth Fusion stronger magnet tokomak gets billionaire funding

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Commonwealth Fusion Systems a spinout from MIT has received additional funding from Breakthrough Energy Ventures (which investment from billionaires Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, Mukesh Ambani, and Richard Branson). Commonwealth Fusion Systems will use new superconducting materials to make …

energyNuScale will start manufacturing its small modular reactor

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NuScale Power has selected BWX Technologies Inc (BWXT) as the first manufacturer of its small modular reactor (SMR). This marks the transition to the manufacturing phase and represents major progress in bringing the technology to market. BWXT will immediately start …

energyPulsed fission fusion rocket for 37 days to Mars and other missions

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The pulsed fission fusion propulsion (PuFF) system envisions using a pulsed z-pinch to compress a fission-fusion target. 2 mega-amps would be sent through a uranium-deuterium-tritium target. The uranium would fission first and then it would trigger a fusion reaction. The …