Nuclear

Biden Goes Nuclear In Big Atomic Humanist Victory 5/7/2021 Michael Shellenberger
“Much of what we think we know about nuclear is wrong,” she wrote. “Instead of being the most dangerous energy source, it is one of the safest….To be fervently pro-nuclear is to see in the peaceful splitting of the atom something almost miraculous.”
A former Obama administration economist and others at the University of Chicago concluded in a study that renewable energy mandates had indeed increased electricity prices on average by 17%, costing ratepayers $125 billion.

DOE Report Highlights Faster Approach to Demonstrating Advanced Reactors 5/4/2021 Office of Nuclear Energy
“The PPE approach will allow NRIC and our stakeholders to evaluate environmental impacts at a potential site before the reactor design is chosen,” said Ashley Finan, the director of NRIC. “Establishing the environmental boundaries in advance—while the reactor technology, blueprints, and sites still are being determined—will result in considerable savings to industry and taxpayers, and will allow advanced reactor deployment to stay on pace to meet the world’s clean energy goals while safeguarding our environment.”

The Nuclear Option 4/20/2021 Youtube 7:39
“Climate change is the existential threat!” warns Bernie Sanders and others. But if he really believed that, he should support nuclear — the only technology that has a track record of rapidly replacing fossil fuels.

5 Advanced Reactor Designs to Watch in 2030 4/17/2021
Two ARDP demonstration projects are currently moving forward as TerraPower and X-energy aggressively work with their teams to plan for and ultimately deliver operational reactors within the next 7 years.

Nuclear Power is the Most Reliable Energy Source and It’s Not Even Close. 3/24/2021
It’s been rolling up its sleeves for six decades now to provide constant, reliable, carbon-free power to millions of Americans.
It has roughly supplied a fifth of America’s power each year since 1990.

Bill Gates’s next-gen nuclear plant packs in grid-scale energy storage. 3/8/2021 New Atlas

Smaller Nuclear Plants May Come With Less Stringent Safety Rules. 8/1/2020 NPR

“We’re not using water. We’re not large. We’re not using the same type of fuel. We’re able to recycle waste and used fuel,” says Caroline Cochran, Oklo chief operating officer and co-founder.

Reyes says if there’s a problem and radiation is released, the danger to people would be limited to the plant site. That means his plants could be located closer to homes, say at old coal power plant sites.

Reusing coal power plant sites would use the existing power grid instead of building new high voltage lines across the countryside to connect wind and solar sources.

Bill Gates: Nuclear power will ‘absolutely’ be politically acceptable again — it’s safer than oil, coal, natural gas. 2/25/2021 CNBC

That’s because the need for clean energy is dire, and the operation of nuclear power plants produces no greenhouse gas emissions. According to Gates, new innovations in nuclear technology (in which he is an investor) are making nuclear energy safer and more affordable, and countries around the world are starting to adopt nuclear power.

“Nuclear has actually been safer than any other source of [power] generation,” Gates told Sorkin. “The deaths per unit of power on these other approaches are — are far higher,”

Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World study. 2018 PDF

The main value of nuclear energy lies in its potential contribution to decarbonizing the power sector. Nuclear energy does provide other benefits: it reduces other types of air pollution associated with electricity production; in addition, it contributes to fuel diversification and grid stability, has low land requirements, and creates well-paid jobs.

Testimony of Michael D. Shellenberger For the House Select Committee On the Climate Crisis. 7/28/2020 PDF

A former Obama administration economist at the University of Chicago found last year that consumers in states with renewable energy mandates paid $125 billion more for electricity in the seven years after passage than they would have otherwise.

Renewables contributed to electricity prices rising six times more in California than in the rest of the US since 2011.

Renewable energy advocates today admit that the environmental impact of renewables is the greatest obstacle to their deployment.

Vaclav Smil, a widely-respected energy scholar, has shown that it would take 25-50 percent of all land in the US to go 100 percent renewable.

Why renewables can’t save the planet | Michael Shellenberger 1/4/2019 Youtube 17:32
A lifelong environmentalist, Michael changed his mind about nuclear energy and has helped save enough nuclear reactors to prevent an increase in carbon emissions equivalent to adding more than 10 million cars to the road.

X-energy is Developing a Pebble Bed Reactor That They Say Can’t Melt Down

How Many Holiday Lights Can A Nuclear Reactor Power?
They did the math for you.

Modular nuclear reactors promise cost-competitive hydrogen production

The real numbers on Nuclear deaths. The numbers show how safe Nuclear power really is.

Historical Deaths from Nuclear Energy The vast majority of deaths were simple industrial accidents. Very few have died because of radiation!

5 Fast Facts About Nuclear Energy

5 Fast Facts about Spent Nuclear Fuel

Smaller, safer, cheaper.

Could Argonne’s mini nuclear reactor solve the e-truck recharging dilemma?
Electric semitrucks could revolutionize the transportation industry. But not until a convenient source of electricity is found. Could mini nuclear reactors at rest stops solve this problem?

Nuclear: 6 Eligible advanced technologies.

Land Needs for Wind, Solar Dwarf Nuclear Plant’s Footprint

Dry Cask Storage Is Safe – Yet Again

NuScale’s small nuclear reactor can produce 25% more power than expected. 11/10/2020
NuScale now says its reactors can generate 77 MW of electricity per module, compared to the current expectation of 60 MW.

Nuclear ‘Power Balls’ May Make Meltdowns a Thing of the Past

Nuclear fuel recycling could offer plentiful energy
One of multiple methods to reduce nuclear waste that are under development. There is a video to WATCH 👀: Argonne National Laboratory breaks down nuclear fuel recycling ♻️ in just 4 minutes.

3 Advanced Reactor Systems to Watch by 2030
Nuclear is going to look 👀 a lot different in the near future. Here’s a sneak peek at new reactor designs that could be operational within the decade.