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...

Einstein, E=mc², and your Starbucks coffee

By Sebastian Ritter On November 21, 1905, exactly 114 year ago, Albert Einstein first published the well-known equation E=mc². You might think of nuclear power when seeing E=mc², but here’s something to think about. What does E=mc² really mean and how does it relate...

Live! From ANS Winter Meeting 2019

The ANS Winter Meeting has been awesome. Everyone is talking about this fantastic meeting and the excellent session offerings! Were you unable to attend the ANS Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C? If so, we have the video from the Monday morning Opening Plenary to...

Does TEPCO Have a Nuclear Future?

by Will Davis The ultimate survival of TEPCO as a long term profitable business continues to be in question as the company struggles with the ongoing decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi plant.  In recent times the company has also stated that it will dismantle...

Hallam Nuclear Station on 1960’s TV!

by Will Davis This week’s enhanced Friday Matinee feature is a fascinating, albeit short, compilation of television clips that were made at Sheldon Station in Nebraska.  This pioneering power station included a very modern coal fired facility and the Hallam Nuclear...

The Fearless Green Deal

By Robert Hargraves Democratic president Franklin D Roosevelt proclaimed at his 1933 inauguration, “…the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” In years...

The Fearless Green Deal

By Robert Hargraves Democratic president Franklin D Roosevelt proclaimed at his 1933 inauguration, “…the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” In years...

ALCO’s 1950’s Nuclear Gamble

In April 1957, when the new, small nuclear plant at the Army’s Fort Belvoir, Virginia site first started up, it seemed as if the plant’s vendor, ALCO Products, had carried off something of a coup.  Winning this important early contract had come about three years...