39th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Blogs
Dan Yurman, the Idaho Samizdat, describes the Carnival of Nuclear Energy Blogs as:
"It is a weekly round-up of the best blog posts from the leading U.S. nuclear bloggers
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 NEI Nuclear Notes, Next Big Future, Atomic Insights, ANS Nuclear Cafe, Canadian Energy Issues, Yes Vermont Yankee, and of course here at Cool Hand Nuke, in addition to several other popular nuclear energy blogs.
If you have a pro-nuclear energy blog, and would like to host an edition of the carnival, please contact Brian Wang at Next Big Future to get on the rotation.
This is a great collaborative effort that deserves your support. Please post a Tweet, a Facebook entry, or a link on your Web site or blog to support the carnival."
We didn't think we could say it any better, so we're not even going to try. Below you will find the best of the best in Nuclear Energy News & Views under the guise of Blogs. So grab your popcorn, read & comment at your leisure; after all carnivals are to be enjoyed!
The Idaho Samizdat
Toshiba is “confident” it will seal a deal to build a 5.4 GWe nuclear energy power station on a Black Sea coastal site near Sinop. Norio Sasaki, Toshiba’s president, told the Financial Times 2/8 terms and conditions that remain to be negotiated include long-term risk insurance. Toshiba will supply its 1300 MW ABWR reactor design and not the Westinghouse AP1000.
This is the second nuclear deal for Turkey. In 2010 the Russian state-owned firmAtomstroyexport inked a deal for a 4.8 GWe nuclear power station at a Mediterranean costal site near Akkuyu. The Russians were the only bidder after several international consortiums pulled out in disputes with Turkey over intellectual property protection and the lack of government guarantees for power purchases for the first 15 years of plant operations.
Atomic InsightsTell us of "Means, Motive, and Opportunity - The Natural Gas Industry's Price War Against the Nuclear Renaissance"The repeatedly cited reason for slowing nuclear energy plant licensing and construction projects is that the option of using the "cheap natural gas" that is apparently available into the foreseeable future. Rod's theory is that the temporarily low price of natural gas is no accident of the invisible hand of market forces, but is, instead, a purposeful competitive tactic designed specifically to result in as many reactor-years of delay in the Nuclear Renaissance as possible. He computes that each reactor-year of delay is worth at least $365 million in additional sales to the gas industry. In response to the hydrofracking "innovations" that have been widely advertised as the source of a vastly increased gas supply, Rod posts an open letter to journalists from Josh Fox, the Director of GASLAND, an Oscar nominated documentary that exposes the downsides of a rapidly expanding drilling program.
Next Big Future
Brian Wang over at Next Big Future has 2 posts for us this week. First he explores the economic impact of Russian nanosteel which can lengthen the operating life of new nuclear reactors to 100 years.
Next he gives us an updated list of expected new reactors around the world which clearly shows the nuclear renassaince is alive and well on an International scale.
ANS Nuclear Cafe
Over at the ANS Nuclear Cafe the talk is of the emerging artists of the nuclear renaissance as Suzanne Hobbs of PopAtomic Studios writes about how the Italian Renaissance demonstrated that true innovation is born from the convergence of multiple perspectives. As the nuclear renaissance proceeds, emerging artists are similarly bridging the gap between science and art through their creative efforts. She highlights the work of three such artists, each of whom brings a fresh perspective and uses different media forms to address essential nuclear issues.
Yes Vermont Yankee
At Yes Vermont Yankee, Meredith Angwin discusses the most recent tritium controversy (much ado about nothing), a possible looming lawsuit on pre-emption (is this the opening of a game-changer?), and has some fun with a minor internet spat on the relative importance of Vermont Yankee.
Over at Nuclear Power Talk, Gail Marcus gives us a lighter touch this week in honor of Valentine's Day -- some marital statistics on nuclear engineers.
At Cool Hand Nuke, Dan Yurman reports on 'Two states lift long-term bans on new nuclear reactors.' Specifically Minnesota and Kentucky open options to secure their long-term energy security.