Army Off-Road Nuclear Train – 1958

by Will Davis At the end of the 1950’s the US Army was looking at its entire operational sphere to determine in what areas nuclear energy could be of benefit.  While many of these are fairly well known today – for example, the small nuclear plants that were to have...

Atomic Show #270 – Fastest Path to Zero

Fastest Path to Zero is an important initiative in the effort to dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Here is their concise self-description from the About page of their website. We are an interdisciplinary team of experts, including University of Michigan...

Atomic Show #268 – Jigar and Jake

Oklo Power recently announced that it had filed the first non-light water reactor combined license application ever submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Their 1.5 MWe fast spectrum, passively safe reactor represents a complete paradigm shift for nuclear...

Fostering diversity and inclusion in ANS

(Reprinted with permission from ANS News, January/February 2020, p. 2) ANS President Marilyn Kray is one of more than 40 men and women who have joined Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy (GCNP), a group that is uniting leaders of nuclear policy organizations who have...

Good… and Bad/Worse

by Will Davis Friends and colleagues – Usually I write about “the old days” of nuclear in this space but something came up in current events that really sticks in my craw, and I have to shine the spotlight on it here.  So please indulge me and read along.  (We’ll get...

The Strangest Things

by Will Davis Over the years that I’ve been writing for ANS, I’ve managed largely through that association to come into possession of a number of fairly odd things.  I mean, all of us have things that the “normal person” (and by that I mean non-nuclear) would find...

SMR progress takes off for five developers

By Dan Yurman Fall 2019 was a banner period for five developers of small modular reactors. Here is a roundup of their announcements as well as some information about their plans for the future. OKLO Announces 1.5 MWe Mini-Reactor After working under wraps for several...

SMR’s, Ships, and History

by Will Davis As we start 2020 I find myself thinking about the slew of articles and posts that I’m seeing about SMR’s – that is to say, Small Modular Reactors.  Many are written by knowledgeable people, many not so much – but in some places I’ve started to see some...

Five Fast Historic Nuclear Surprises

by Will Davis In deference to the holiday season, I’ve decided to run something lighter than usual – an almost-listicle describing five historic nuclear facts that might surprise people in the field young and old! 1.  The first US sale of energy generated by nuclear...

Swiss Nuclear Brexit

After the 2011 Fukushima incident shook the confidence of the people of Europe. It shook their confidence in the technology. Switzerland actually voted to phase out their nuclear power. ANS member & GA Section chair Juan Villarreal gives a Power Talk on the “Swiss...

More Nuclear for Mexico?

by Will Davis Mexico’s Laguna Verde nuclear plant sits at a beautiful location in Veracruz. This plant has operated successfully for three decades. Photo courtesy Morrison-Knudsen / United Engineers & Constructors. Nuclear power never really did take off in...

Atoms in the Ice

by Will Davis December 5 marks the anniversary of the launch of the first nuclear powered icebreaker, the Lenin, in what at that time was the Soviet Union.  The job that icebreakers perform is among the very most demanding that any type of seagoing vessel endures due...