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Cutting the "Chord": Canadian-based company axes South Dakota uranium mining plan

Residents and activists in Fall River County are celebrating this week after Canadian company Pegasus Resources announced a decision to withdraw their plans to mine uranium near Edgemont.READ FULL ARTICLE...

Published on 1/11/2023 (21 days ago) Nuclear

 

Scientists Achieved Self-Sustaining Nuclear Fusion… But Now They Can't Replicate It

Scientists have confirmed that last year, for the first time in the lab, they achieved a fusion reaction that self-perpetuates (instead of fizzling out) – bringing us closer to replicating the nuclear reaction that powers the Sun.However, they aren't exactly sure how to recreate the experiment.Nuclear fusion occurs when two atoms combine to create a heavier atom, releasing a huge burst of energy in the process.It's a process often found in nature, but it's very difficult to replicate in the lab because it needs a high-energy environment to keep the reaction going.The Sun generates energy using nuclear fusion – by smashing hydrogen atoms together to create helium.Supernovae – exploding suns – also leverage nuclear fusion for their cosmic firework displays. The power of these reactions is...

Published on 12/14/2022 (48 days ago) Nuclear

 

TerraPower nuclear plant in Kemmerer to be delayed until 2030

TerraPower, the company who is currently building a Natrium Nuclear Reactor power plant in Kemmerer, has announced the project will likely be delayed at least two years. In a releases statement he delay is related to the unavailability of the nuclear fuel HALEU (High-Assay Low-Enriched Uranium) due to the Russian war in Ukraine. The delay pushes the project back to a start date of 2030, instead of the previously planned 2028. According to the statement, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine caused the only commercial source of HALEU fuel to no longer be a viable part of the supply chain for TerraPower, as well as others in the industry.TerraPower said the work slated to begin in Spring 2023 on the large sodium facility will continue as planned, and TerraPower expects minimal disruption to current...

Published on 12/14/2022 (48 days ago) Nuclear

 

National Ignition Facility achieves fusion ignition

The U.S. Department of Energy(DOE) and DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration(NNSA) today announced the achievement of fusion ignition at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) — a major scientific breakthrough decades in the making that will pave the way for advancements in national defense and the future of clean power. On Dec. 5, a team at LLNL’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) conducted the first controlled fusion experiment in history to reach this milestone, also known as scientific energy breakeven, meaning it produced more energy from fusion than the laser energy used to drive it. This first-of-its-kind feat will provide unprecedented capability to support NNSA’s Stockpile Stewardship Program and will provide invaluable insights into the prospects of clean fusion...

Published on 12/14/2022 (48 days ago) Nuclear

 

Fusion Breakthrough: US Experiment Hits Monumental 'Ignition' Milestone

Scientists have made a "breakthrough" in their quest to harness nuclear fusion.The US Department of Energy officially announced the milestone in fusion energy research on Tuesday.For the first time, researchers created a nuclear fusion reaction that produced more energy than they put into it.The experiment, conducted on December 5 at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, generated 3.15 megajoules of energy, more than the 2.05 megajoules put into creating it."Scientifically, this is the first time that they showed that this is possible," Gianluca Sarri, a physicist at Queen's University Belfast, told New Scientist. "From theory, they knew that it should happen, but it was never seen in real life experimentally."What is fusion energy and why is it a big deal?Nuclear fusion...

Published on 12/14/2022 (48 days ago) Nuclear

 

Kyiv flips to survival mode after missiles leave capital without electricity

Residents of Ukraine's bombed capital clutched empty bottles in search of water and crowded into cafés for power and warmth Thursday, switching defiantly into survival mode after new Russian missile strikes a day earlier plunged the city and much of the country into the dark.In scenes hard to believe in a sophisticated city of 3 million, some Kyiv residents resorted to collecting rainwater from drainpipes, as repair teams labored to reconnect supplies.Friends and family members exchanged messages to find out who had electricity and water back. Some had one but not the other. The previous day's aerial onslaught on Ukraine's power grid left many with neither.Cafés in Kyiv that by some small miracle had both quickly became oases of comfort on Thursday.Oleksiy Rashchupkin, a 39-year-old...

Published on 11/30/2022 (63 days ago) Nuclear

 

Sections Sign in Subscribe ADVERTISEMENT Most Ukrainians left without power after new Russian strikes

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia unleashed a new missile onslaught on Ukraine's battered energy grid Wednesday, robbing cities of power and some of water and public transport, too, compounding the hardship of winter for millions. The aerial mauling of power supplies also took nuclear plants and internet links offline and spilled blackouts into neighbor Moldova.Multiple regions reported attacks in quick succession and cascading outages. Ukraine’s Energy Ministry said supplies were cut to “the vast majority of electricity consumers." Lviv's trams and trolleybuses stopped running as the city in western Ukraine lost both power and water, the mayor said. All of Kyiv lost water, the capital's mayor said. Power also went out and public transport stopped in Kharkiv, the mayor of that northeastern city,...

Published on 11/30/2022 (63 days ago) Nuclear

 

Nuclear Is The Future. Tiger and Bill Gates Know It

Washington Post | June 22. 2022As energy security becomes a growing source of angst, it’s that clear large-scale, reliable use of renewable resources remain a distant reality in many countries. That’s allowed a more controversial — and almost perfect — alternative to make a comeback: nuclear. Trouble is, nobody wants a reactor in their backyard and the memories of past accidents remain a serious concern.But with costs rising and few solutions at hand, both governments and companies are turning to nuclear power as a cleaner and cheaper source to help them reach their ambitious climate goals. Even if a few years away, the development of, and investment in, nuclear energy sources and storage methods could ensure industrial operations highly dependent on pre-heating processes for raw materials...

Published on 7/26/2022 (189 days ago) Nuclear

 

How can nuclear combat climate change?

world-nuclear.orgClimate change – an accelerating global problemThe United Nations has identified climate change as "the defining issue of our time", with the central aim of the 2015 Paris Agreement is to keep the rise in global temperatures to well below 2 °C compared to pre-industrial levels, and with the aim to limit the rise to 1.5 °C. This is driven by the scientific consensus that limiting the rise to 1.5 °C would significantly reduce the risks posed by climate change. Despite this, carbon dioxide emissions related to energy continue to rise – reaching 33.1 billion tonnes in 2018, a record high, and have increased by more than 40% since 2000. Concerted international efforts over the past 20 years have increased the amount of electricity generated by wind, solar and other renewable...

Published on 7/26/2022 (189 days ago) Nuclear

 

Bill Gates: Nuclear power will ‘absolutely’ be politically acceptable again — it’s safer than oil, coal, natural gas

CNBC | Feb. 25, 2021Nuclear energy will “absolutely” be politically palatable, billionaire philanthropist, technologist and climate change evangelist Bill Gates recently told Andrew Ross Sorkin on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”Nuclear power has to overcome a baneful reputation garnered by association with the atomic bomb and radioactive disasters, but it’s a necessary, worthy and surmountable challenge to correct the naysayers, according to Gates.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....READ FULL ARTICLE...

Published on 7/26/2022 (189 days ago) Nuclear