Beyond Business as Usual: Investigating a Future without Coal and Nuclear Power in the U.S.
Beyond business as usual
New technique could extract endless nuclear power from seawater
Scientists have discovered a new technique that can capture uranium from seawater, helping make nuclear power accessible to countries that lack uranium mines. The ocean has already been known to be a good source of uranium, however efforts to extract the critical ingredient for nuclear fission have produced insufficient quantities. Now researchers at Stanford University say they have developed a new technique that can capture up to three times more, enough to make seawater-based uranium economically viable. &ldqu...
Feds allow Pilgrim nuclear plant to stay open amid safety concerns
Federal regulators said the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station near Boston can remain open, even as they acknowledged problems related to safety during a three-hour meeting with residents and elected officials last week. At a packed hearing, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) released the preliminary results of a inspection sparked after the unintentional release of an internal NRC email that described Pilgrim staff as “overwhelmed” trying to improve security. The email listed several safety-related...
Nuclear Energy Institute Offers A Look At Nuclear Technology Innovations
Within 25 to 30 years, a U.S. electric grid built on a foundation of light water reactors will include a range of new designs that will provide a wide array of critical capabilities to meet the energy needs of the future, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute. These designs are the outgrowth of decades of innovation from scientists and entrepreneurs who see a new generation of nuclear technology capable of meeting the needs of a changing energy future. Progress in three sets of nuclear technologies currently...
The Nuclear manufacturing industry gets a big boost
Over last summer, the New York State Public Service Commission approved $7.6 billion to keep aging power plants in upstate New York running. The subsidy is part of New York’s proposed Clean Energy Standard (CES). Before the subsidy approval, nuclear power companies, including Exelon, stressed they could not keep the plants open without government assistance. Exelon intended to close its Nine Mile Point and Ginna nuclear plants if the Commission failed to approve CES. This was welcome news for both the...
UAE’s first nuclear power plant to begin operating this spring
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has taken its last step before becoming the first Arab country capable of producing nuclear power, after the country’s regulator approved licenses to transport and store nuclear fuel.The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) said early this week it had issued two licenses, one to the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) for the transport of unirradiated nuclear fuel to the Barakah power plant site in the country’s Western Region, and the second to the...