Pool Reactors 3: Building a Reactor Facility

by Will Davis In this final installment of the series on pool reactors we’ll take a look at some remarkable images found in a 1956 brochure which shows some of the steps of the process in constructing the Ford Nuclear Reactor and attendant facilities at the University...

Curiosity Lands on Mars: 6 Years Later

By Peter Hill In 2012, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) [1] successfully touched down on the Red Planet. Aptly named Curiosity, it brought with it scientific discovery instruments and exploration capabilities that only a nuclear-powered rover could realistically...

Pool Reactors 1: An Introduction

by Will Davis Yesterday, I was reading an old (1970’s) brochure published by ASEA-ATOM on district heating reactors.  While looking at that material I remembered that now, today, there is at least one effort afoot today to use a simple pool reactor for district...

A Strategic Approach

By John Kelly, ANS President Be sure to read the July Nuclear News president’s profile – John Kelly: From Motor City to the Capital City I am honored and energized to serve as the 64th pres­ident of the American Nuclear Society. I was born in March 1954 and ANS was...

Radiation and the Value of a Human Life

By James Conca The 63rd Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society wrapped up last week in the great city of Cleveland and there was a palpable air of excitement that things might change. HPS represents the group of scientists most responsible for protecting us from...

A Savannah Story

by Will Davis July 21 will bring with it another anniversary of the 1959 launching (shown above) of the only US-built nuclear powered commercial ship, the NS SAVANNAH.  We’ve covered the ship fairly well here at ANS Nuclear Cafe over the years, so perhaps it’s time...

EPR Connects to Grid and other news:

by Will Davis Taishan Nuclear Power Plant, courtesy China General Nuclear Power Group Long awaited news came today that at 17:59 hours local time, the Taishan-1 EPR nuclear plant connected to the grid for the first time.  This makes Taishan-1 not only the first EPR to...

Returning soon

Many days have passed since the last post here. Those of you who follow @Atomicrod on Twitter know that I have neither disappeared nor retired completely from the fray. After the 4th of July, you should begin seeing more frequent, but still irregular updates here. A...

Salvation by SMR: The Industry Gets Closer

by Will Davis, from the American Nuclear Society 2018 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia Long in coming has been the Small Modular Reactor nuclear plant; widely assured as the ‘next big thing’ for nuclear energy, the development of this variety of plant has been much more...

Bob Coward Asks ANS to Refocus and Achieve

By Will Davis; written at the 2018 ANS Annual Meeting ANS President Bob Coward If you walked around the palatial Philadelphia venue of the 2018 American Nuclear Society Annual Meeting and bumped into outgoing ANS President Bob Coward or, for that matter, attended one...

Is This the Breakthrough for SMR’s?

by Will Davis I was intrigued this morning to read that StarCore Nuclear, a startup in Canada that’s focusing on small, independent nuclear plants to provide a spectrum product (power, water, heat) had been – it is reported – in negotiation to provide an African...

What Next for SAVANNAH?

Illustration of NS SAVANNAH from Launch Ceremony Brochure in Will Davis’ collection. by Will Davis Observers were startled to learn in March that the Omnibus Spending Bill had included, in the budget for the U.S. Maritime Administration, the complete estimated amount...

Dr. Steven Arndt guests on RadioNuclear.org

Podcast at RadioNuclear is today’s Matinee. Have a listen as ANS member Dr. Steve Arndt – a senior technical officer in the office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRC) – shares his insights on the work the NRC does, and what the future of regulation may look like. Dr....