uranium

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 …

energyNASA will test simple nuclear power system which will be in the 1 to 10 kilowatt power range

NASA’s technology development branch has been funding a project called Kilopower for three years and testing is due to start in September, 2017 and end in January 2018. NASA Game Changing Development program backed Kilopower, with the goal of building …

energyWestinghouse formal launch of safer nuclear fuel with tests planned from 2018-2022

Westinghouse Electric Company yesterday announced the formal launch of its “accident-tolerant fuel solution”, EnCore Fuel, during the company’s Fuel Users’ Group Meeting. EnCore Fuel is intended to offer “design-basis-altering safety, greater uranium efficiency and estimated economic benefits up to hundreds …

economic impactJapan will have 5 operational nuclear reactors next month and 19 more have applied to restart

Japan is restarting unit 4 of its Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture. The reactor – which together with unit 3 has been offline since March 2016 – is expected to re-enter commercial operation next month. The company said …

economic impactQuantum Learning

The efficient characterization of quantum systems, the verification of the operations of quantum devices and the validation of underpinning physical models are central challenges for quantum technologies and fundamental physics. The computational cost of such studies could be improved by …

energy4 Megawatt modular micro nuclear reactor is in Canadian pre-license review and targets 2025 for demo reactor

The U-Battery consortium, led by Urenco, has registered its micro-modular reactor technology for pre-licensing vendor design review with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). U-Battery is a ‘micro’ nuclear reactor which will be able to produce local power and heat …

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 …

canadaTaiwan Semiconductor says 10 nanometer chips are on schedule for first quarter of 2017, 7 nm also in 2017, 5nm in 2019 and 3nm around 2022

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) says that 10nm is on schedule, countering news media reports that the yields of TSMC and Samsung at the industry’s most advanced technology node are lagging expectations. TSMC’s 10nm process is “totally on track” and …

energyLooking at the Taiwan phone call in terms of the Art of the Deal

Donald Trump’s protocol-breaking telephone call with Taiwan’s leader was an intentionally provocative move that establishes the incoming president as a break with the past, according to interviews with people involved in the planning. The historic communication — the first between …