Fort St. Vrain in Pictures: 6

The Fort St. Vrain Nuclear Generating Station completed and in operational service. Press photo in Will Davis collection. The initial startup of the Fort St. Vrain station finally happened on January 31, 1974, which was roughly one month after the station had received...

Fort St. Vrain in Pictures: 5

In the last half of 1968, Public Service of Colorado obtained the necessary approvals from the US Atomic Energy Commission and from the Colorado Public Service Commission to begin the actual construction of its Fort St. Vrain Nuclear Generating Station. Above, the...

Fort St. Vrain in Pictures: 4

by Will Davis We continue this look at original materials covering America’s second commercial High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor (HTGR) with the examination of components of the NSSS, or Nuclear Steam Supply System. It will be recalled that the Fort St. Vrain plant...

Seeking Justice for E=mc2

By Priyarshini Ghosh In February of 1950, a devoted follower of Albert Einstein wrote him a letter prompted by the death of his son. He questioned Einstein’s belief that physical death cannot be transcended. His grief could only be overcome if Einstein were to endorse...

Uncertain Future: Fukushima +7

By Will Davis The collective memory of, and indeed, the images conjured by mention of the Fukushima Daiichi accident is still, seven years later, largely that above.  We see here, in a photo taken on March 15, 2011, three of the four damaged nuclear units at the...

The Fallacy of the 97 Percent – Part 2

In case you missed the original posting: The Fallacy of the 97 Percent – Part 1 By Ruth Weiner It is generally agreed that the average temperature of the earth is rising, although it has never been clear what “average global temperature” is really referring to....

Fort St. Vrain in Pictures: 3

by Will Davis One of the important design goals for the Fort St. Vrain reactor – really, the second-generation high temperature gas cooled reactor – was to create a core design that would be more compact than that actually used at Peach Bottom.  An innovative design...

The Future of Nuclear Engineering

By Sarah Bass  College graduates, as with most industries, are the future of nuclear engineering. How university programs are structured, the professors’ involvement in the field, and the opportunities available at the undergraduate and graduate-level are fundamental...

National Engineers Week is February 18-24

By Hannah Gardiner Did you know that National Engineers Week (NEW) is starting Sunday, February 18? So, it’s time to celebrate the engineering profession and help others discover engineering! NEW was first celebrated in 1951 by the National Society of Professional...

Fort St. Vrain in Pictures: 2

by Will Davis The Fort St. Vrain project was innovative in more than one respect, and while it did not blaze the trail in HTGR (High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor) commercialization – a feat accomplished by the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station – it did considerably...