Archive | December, 2011

Nuclear Power after Fukushima:

New Directions? At the end of each year, I like to take stock of the past year and to try to guess what it may mean for the year ahead. This year is a complex year for doing that. While there have been many good signs this year–the start of construction of the first UAE […]

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Nuclear Power History: A Major Anniversary

Yesterday and today, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of one of the very biggest milestones in nuclear power history–the dates the EBR-I produced the first usable quantities of electricity ever generated from a nuclear fission reactor. I already noted this event in my blog on other December milestones in nuclear history, and many news items […]

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Worries about DOD’s Green Biofuels

On 1 September 2009, DLA Energy , which oversees procurement of biofuel for the Navy, awarded to San Francisco-based company Solazyme a contract worth $223,500 for delivering 1,500 gallons of algae derived jet fuel (Hydrotreated Renewable HRJ-5) for testing and certification by the US Navy. This makes $149 per gallon. The DLA Energy, in early […]

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CNA Report on Reducing US Oil Dependence

CNA issued a report in October 2011 (released in November 2011) entitled Ensuring America’s Freedom of Movement: A National Security Imperative to Reduce U.S. Oil Dependence which is signed by 13 retired three and four-star generals and admirals in it.

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IMF and Oil Prices

International Monetary Fund released its most recent World Economic Outlook in September 2011. The economic growth forecasts in this outlook, like any other of its past outlooks, are used by all prominent institutions as a crucial input for making oil demand forecasts. For instance, in early October, the IMF’s downward revision of GDP forecasts was […]

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Energy and Wildlife: A Complicated Relationship

This week has seen more than the usual number of news items about energy and the the animal kingdom, and I thought it would be fun to put them together. The first and by far most unusual story comes from Japan, where wild monkeys are being outfitted with special collars containing radiation meters, GPS receivers, […]

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Japanese Nuclear Regulation: A Growing Chorus of Concern

I was pleased to receive a message a few days ago from a long-time Japanese friend, Professor Yoshiaki Oka, pointing me to an article he’d posted on ” Building a Mechanism for Regulation of Nuclear Power” in Japan. I had seen Professor Oka in early November at the American Nuclear Society conference in Washington, DC, […]

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Graphene Sheets May Be Key to Storing Hydrogen

Scientists from around the world are working on ways to storage hydrogen cheaply and efficiently at near room temperatures and as at as near room pressures as one can get. Bonding hydrogen atoms to other materials and them releasing them as needed for fuel for cars has been problematic for years. Italian scientists however think […]

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83rd Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers

This week’s carnival is up at ANS Nuclear Cafe. This post is the collective voice of blogs with legendary names which emerge each week to tell the story of nuclear energy  If you want to hear the voice of the nuclear renaissance, the Carnival of Nuclear Energy Blogs is where to find it. Past editions […]

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81st Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers

Fermi reactor concept – Image courtesy of Will Davis at Atomic Power Review If you want to hear the voice of the nuclear renaissance, the Carnival of Nuclear Energy Blogs is where to find it. Past editions have been hosted at Next Big Future. Yes Vermont Yankee, Atomic Energy Review, Canadian Energy Issues, and CoolHandNuke, […]

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