41st Carnival of Nuclear Energy Blogs
Welcome to the 41st Carnival of Nuclear Energy Blogs.
The Carnival, per Dan Yurman, 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.
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Fuel Cycle Week
We'll begin this Carnival over at Fuel Cycle Week, where Dan Yurman asks if NNSA can deliver reliable fuel services from its $4.6 billion MOX plant? Three utilities are interested, but production may fall short of demand.
The "when" is the schedule of reactor fuel outages for each customer. These schedules line up with the regularity, and inflexibility, of planets in their annual orbits around the sun.
Who will be accountable for reliable fuel services may turn out to be as important an issue for MOX fuel as the capability to use it in the first place.
Next Big Future
Next we stop by Next Big Future for a Two-pack of posts beginning with a look at the "biased energy subsidy view of the Union of Concerned Scientists as contrasted to a comprehensive comparison of energy sources." Then we move on to the more general "nuclear roundup" which covers developments with hyperion power generation, Korea's SMART reactor, uranium, and Russia designing a nuclear train.
Now we move over to Nuclear Green where we have a post that examines the challenges facing the nuclear industry in the 21st century. It examines the cost of a mass deployment of renewable generated electricity, and finds those costs excessive.
ANS Nuclear Cafe
Of course what Nuclear Energy Blog Carnival would this be without a quick stop by the ANSnuclearCafe where George Stanford examines the clean energy targets articulated by President Obama and Secretary Chu and concludes that the U.S. is constitutionally unable to formulate and implement a coherent, rational, long-term energy policy. As it becomes increasingly evident that nuclear fission is destined to supply the bulk of the world’s energy needs, the U.S. erstwhile international leadership in the development and deployment of the technology continues to recede.
Which is a pretty good segway into this weeks post from Pop Atomic studios where we hear that "Politicians and Scientists alike often state that there is no “Silver Bullet,” when discussing the issue of energy. Americans seems to be patiently waiting for some kind of technological breakthrough in the energy sector that can create energy from nothing, which is an impossibility in itself. We already have technologies that offer abundant, carbon-free energy…so what exactly are we waiting for? What if we overlooked the “Silver Bullet” decades ago?"
Canadian Energy Issues tell us that "The Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) has narrowed its focus recently, and is now looking at realistic and practical ways to use nuclear heat and hydrogen. That is exactly the right way to get other industries interested in nuclear energy."
Nuke Power Talk
Over at Nuke Power Talk, Gail Marcus covers a talk given by Ed Kee, VP of NERA Consulting, on the very timely topic of global nuclear power developments, and in particular, his observations about why China seems to be leading the way.
Cool Hand Nuke
Here at Cool Hand Nuke you'll hear about "A long-standing Spanish government policy of phasing out the nation's 7.5 GWe of nuclear powered electricity (18% of total electricity) is being reversed" which results in "a complete turnaround from a prior government policy of phasing out the nation's nuclear plants."
And finally Rod Adams gives us his Atomic Insights in his post where he covers his reasons for Pro-Nuclear Advocacy.
"Joe Shuster, author of "Beyond Fossil Fools", was once asked WHO he worked for (implying that he was a paid mouthpiece for some evil concern). His reply was simple, true and spot-on! He replied, "For my grandchildren."
Joe is not the only pronuclear advocate who has the same motivation - many of us are grandparents who are working hard to leave behind a better world for our grandchildren than the one in which we currently live. We recognize the role that abundant, affordable, reasonably clean energy has played in our own prosperity.
There is no time like the present to prepare for the future. Do it for your grandchildren!"