Tag Archives: Nuclear power

Fusion industry veterans bet on insanely strong lasers

Inside what’s called the amplifier bay of the Texas Petawatt Laser, where the energy of a laser pulse is boosted. The green light are the pump lasers that amplify or boost the energy of the main laser. Photo courtesy Todd Ditmire As the effects of climate change become more obvious, …

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Curio, led by Energy Dept. veteran, aims to recycle nuclear waste

Ed McGinnis, CEO of Curio. Photo courtesy Curio. Ed McGinnis knows a lot about the nuclear waste problem in the United States. He worked in U.S. Department of Energy from 1991 to 2021 and dealt directly with the U.S. government’s failed effort to build a nuclear waste repository in Yucca …

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Google and Chevron invest in nuclear fusion startup TAE Technologies

Michl Binderbauer, CEO of TAE Technologies Photo courtesy TAE Technologies Google and Chevron are part of a $250 million funding raise announced Tuesday for TAE Technologies, a nuclear fusion startup with an unconventional strategy that has now raised a total of $1.2 billion. Nuclear fusion is often referred to as …

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Nuclear power plant lowers output to protect fish

Switzerland’s Beznau nuclear power plant photographed in July 2019. The facility uses the river Aare for cooling. Fabrice Coffrini | AFP | Getty Images A nuclear power plant in Switzerland is lowering its output in order to prevent the river that cools it from hitting temperature levels dangerous to marine …

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Russian and Chinese designs in 87% of new nuclear reactors: IEA Chief

A visitor (R) learns about huaneng’s high-temperature gas-cooled reactor model at the China International Nuclear Power Industry and Equipment Exhibition 2021 in Yantai, Shandong Province, China, Oct. 19, 2021. Future Publishing | Future Publishing | Getty Images Nuclear power could be a dominant player in the next-generation clean energy landscape, …

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Inside the MARVEL micronuclear reactor project at Idaho National Lab

Nuclear reactors have a well-earned reputation for being massive construction projects that frequently run into cost overruns. Plus, once they are eventually constructed, monitoring and maintaining them takes a staff of dozens of trained experts. But Yasir Arafat believes nuclear power doesn’t have to be this way. Arafat is the …

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The Diablo Canyon control room turned this mom into a nuclear advocate

Heather Hoff was working in the control room of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant near in San Luis Obispo County, Calif., when an earthquake caused a tsunami that shut off the power supply cooling three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Three nuclear reactor cores …

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Idaho National Lab studies fusion safety, tritium supply chain

This is a close up view of an X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy system being used at the Idaho National Lab measuring surface chemistry on a potential candidate material to use for fusion. Masashi Shimada has been researching nuclear fusion since 2000, when he joined the graduate program at University of California …

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Russia dominates global nuclear reactor and fuel supply chains

Wind turbine and cooling towers of the Cruas-Meysse nuclear power plant in France, April 12, 2021. Jean-Marie HOSATTE | Gamma-Rapho | Getty Images Russia’s war in Ukraine has pushed countries around the globe to wean themselves from Russian oil and natural gas. Parallel conversations are imminent in the nuclear energy …

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Keeping Illinois nuclear plants open saving some customers $237 a year

Byron, UNITED STATES: The Exelon Byron Nuclear Generating Stations running at full capacity 14 May, 2007, in Byron, Illinois. (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP via Getty Images) JEFF HAYNES | AFP | Getty Images Nuclear energy pays in times of energy price fluctuations. In September, Illinois lawmakers passed a …

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