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  • 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 past Republican presidents were conservative stewards of the environment. The...
  • Did US Navy patent a functional fusion device?
    The US Patent Office has issued a patent for a Plasma Compression Fusion Device to Salvatore Pais, of Calloway MD. The patent assignee is the United States of American as represented by the Secretary of the Navy, Patuxent River MD. The news of this patent issuance has produced a minor buzz that might turn into […]
  • Sharing message at #StrikeWithUs – We can use nuclear energy to address climate change
    On Friday, September 20, I took to the streets with a couple dozen other locals as part of the Student Climate Strike. I’m pleased to note that this political action seems to be part of a movement that is capturing attention and providing numerous “teachable moments.” Like any good activist, I carefully chose my attire […]
  • Atomic Show #267 – Dr. Lauren Jackson addresses radiophobia
    A couple of weeks ago, I heard Dr. (Isabel) Lauren Jackson talking to Bill Nye on his Science Rules podcast. At the end of his discussion with her, Nye seemed to have changed his mind in the positive direction regarding the importance of nuclear energy. He seemed far less worried about radiation and the potential […]
  • What exploded in Russia on Aug 8? My estimate is a (chemical) booster rocket for a nuclear powered cruise missile.
    A cruise missile with a nuclear reactor heated turbofan engine and a liquid fueled booster rocket is the most likely description of the Russian developmental weapons system that exploded while being tested on August 8. It’s likely that the explosion occurred during maintenance or fueling operations on a barge floating off shore and not during […]
  • Radioactive isotopes are too useful to waste
    Forgive me. It’s been almost three months since I last wrote a long form blog or article about the importance of atomic energy as a useful tool for solving many of the world’s most complex and pressing problems. I’ve been stimulated to take a partial break from my blissful state of being a mostly retired […]
  • Project Pele – Part II. Enabling technologies
    Building mobile nuclear power plants will be a challenge, but successfully meeting the challenges could alter the future trajectory of the energy and fuels supply industry. That is one of the largest and most consequential sectors of our modern, mobile, industrialized economy. There are no guarantees, but compared to many research and development projects, Project […]
  • Why was H. J. Muller an effective tool in effort to exaggerate danger of radiation?
    In 1945, H. J. Muller was in deep financial difficulty. He had burned many bridges during his career. He had a young wife, a two year old daughter, and a notice in hand that he would be losing his job. He was 56 years old and had not accumulated any savings. He had moved around […]
  • Project Dilithium – Boldly going back to a place our ancestors visited and prematurely abandoned
    In January 2019, the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) of the U.S. Department of Defense officially informed the world that it was interested in learning more about small, mobile, nuclear generators. The SCO said it wanted to find out if there was technology available that could supply a forward operating base with abundant, emission-free electricity for […]
  • Atomic Show #266 – Seeing the Light about atomic energy potential
    Facing the immense threat of climate change, the need to power several billion more people and the continuing reluctance to use the most powerful tool available, Scott L. Montgomery and Thomas Graham Jr. realized that there was an information and perception gap about nuclear energy of roughly equivalent magnitudes. Their desire to help fill the […]
  • Atomic Show #265 – Atomic Optimism. Under-appreciated opportunities in sight.
    On Sunday, Feb 17, I realized that I was feeling extraordinarily good about the future of atomic energy, the future of clean energy production, and the future prosperity of the world that my grandchildren are going to inhabit. I immediately composed and sent an invitation to some atomic colleagues to join me in a conversation. […]
  • Are we finally approaching lift-off for a real Renaissance?
    Obituaries of the “Nuclear Renaissance” have been widespread and frequent in the years since the Great Recession and reactions to the Great Northeast Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami. I’m pretty sure those obits have been premature in declaring the subject to be dead. Last week, I attended the 6th Annual Advanced Reactor Summit and Technology Showcase. [&hellip...
  • Acting EPA administrator appoints Dr. Brant Ulsh to head radiation advisory council
    Sometimes, there are benefits to breaking things. It’s often the only way to eliminate barriers and walls that prevent progress. The process can create dust and debris that must be cleaned up to allow erection of a solid, stable path, but without the initial sledgehammer attack, nothing gets done. For more than 20 years, I’ve […]
  • ML-1 Mobile Power System: Reactor in a Box
    This is a modest update of an article first published in November 1996. DOD’s recent issuance of an RFI for mobile, modest power output atomic power systems shows that the challenges that were clearly described in 1963 have not been addressed – yet. Now is a good time to start addressing them. The ML-1 experimental […]
  • Atomic Show #264 – Building momentum in advanced nuclear energy
    It’s not glaringly obvious, but preparatory steps enabling a take off for advanced nuclear power systems are making measurable progress. Enabling legislative acts have been passed by both the Senate and House and signed by the President, turning them into laws requiring actions. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is back to full strength and under a […]

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  • U.S. onshore wind capacity exceeds 100 gigawatts
    Cumulative U.S. installed onshore wind capacity exceeded 100 gigawatts (GW) on a nameplate capacity basis as of the end of September 2019, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory. More than half of that amount has been installed since the beginning of 2012. The oldest wind turbines still operating in the U...
  • Natural gas venting and flaring increased in North Dakota and Texas in 2018
    The volume of U.S. natural gas that was reported as vented and flared reached its highest average annual level of 1.28 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2018, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Natural Gas Annual, which contains updated data about vented and flared natural gas. In 2018, the percentage of U.S. natural gas that was vented and flar...
  • U.S. petroleum exports exceed imports in September
    In September 2019, the United States exported 89,000 barrels per day (b/d) more petroleum (crude oil and petroleum products) than it imported, the first month this has happened since monthly records began in 1973. A decade ago, the United States was importing 10 million b/d more petroleum than it was exporting. Long-running changes in U.S. trade patterns for both crude oil and ...
  • EIA updates geologic maps of the Delaware Basin's Bone Spring formation
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released new maps and geologic information for the Bone Spring play in the Delaware Basin, which spans from southeastern New Mexico to western Texas. The updated information includes formation geology, deposition history, and regional tectonic features. The Delaware Basin is in the western part of the larger Permian Basin, on...
  • U.S. coal plant retirements linked to plants with higher operating costs
    Since peaking at nearly 318 gigawatts (GW) in 2011, U.S. coal-fired electric generating capacity declined to 257 GW in 2017 after several coal power plants retired. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) undertook a study with Sargent & Lundy to improve modeling for the Annual Energy Outlook (AEO). The results show the relationship between plant retirements and a ...

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  • North Korea conducts ‘very important test’: KCNA
    North Korea said Sunday it had carried out a “very important test” at its space launch centre, as Pyongyang ramps up pressure on Washington over stalled nuclear talks. The announcement of Saturday’s test at the Sohae satellite launch site came just hours after US President Donald Trump said he would be “surprised” by any hostile […]
  • North Korea pursues nuclear weapons program, evades sanctions: UN
    Seoul: North Korea is pressing ahead with its nuclear weapons program while evading sanctions, a United Nations report said, following a series of recent test-launches that have been downplayed by US President Donald Trump. The reclusive regime has declared a moratorium on nuclear blasts and long-range missile launches, and last year said its Punggye-ri atomic […]
  • India says may rethink ‘no first use’ policy on nuclear weapons
    India has stuck to its commitment of ‘no first use’ of nuclear weapons but future policy will depend on the situation, the defence minister said on Friday, which analysts said introduced a level of ambiguity in a core national security doctrine. India had declared itself a nuclear power after conducting underground tests in 1998 and […]
  • Residents told to evacuate after rise in radiation levels near Russian blast site
    Radiation levels were up to 16 times the norm in a nearby town, the national weather service said Tuesday August 13th, after an explosion at a Russian missile testing site on Thursday. Russian authorities recommended residents leave area. The explosion at the Arctic facility on Thursday killed five scientists with Russia’s nuclear agency, which later […]
  • Landmark INF Nuclear Arms Treaty Is History: What Now?
    A landmark nuclear treaty is ending. Is Europe returning to the Cold War era? Germany is aiming to prevent an arms race and keep dialogue channels with Russia open, all while ensuring NATO’s unity. It’s not an easy task. The United States on Friday is set to officially withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) […]
  • In Tit-For-Tat Move, Putin Announces Russian Suspension of INF Treaty
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia has suspended its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, one day after the United States made a similar announcement. Putin met in Moscow on February 2 with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to discuss Russia’s reaction to the long-expected U.S. move. “We ...
  • US nuclear treaty ultimatum about China as much as Russia
    By announcing its intent to withdraw from a decades-old nuclear weapons treaty, the United States is targeting Russia, which it says violated the bilateral deal – but also China, which is developing arms that are banned under it. Beijing is not a signatory to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), so it’s Russia that has […]
  • Moon’s nuclear diplomacy a ‘dangerous gamble’: analysts
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in has embarked on a “dangerous gamble”, analysts said, after he secured only minimal concessions from Kim Jong Un to reboot the North’s nuclear negotiations with Washington. Moon flew to Pyongyang this week for his third summit with Kim seeking a concrete gesture to rekindle the stalled denuclearisation talks between the [&hell...
  • Iran Warns It Will Step Up Nuclear Activities if 2015 Deal Falls Apart
    Iran will relaunch its nuclear program and enrich uranium at a higher level than it has previously if Russia, China, and European powers follow the U.S. example and stop honoring Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement, Iran’s nuclear agency has warned. “We will not return to previous levels if our counterparts leave the [nuclear deal], but will […]
  • Pakistani Nuclear Forces, 2018
    The Nuclear Notebook is researched and written by Hans M. Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project with the Federation of American Scientists, and Robert S. Norris, a senior fellow with the FAS. The Nuclear Notebook column has been published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists since 1987. This issue’s column examines Pakistan’s nuclear […]

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  • Natural Power advises Octopus on acquisition of 115MW European onshore wind portfolio
    Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has acted as technical advisor to Octopus Renewables, part of Octopus Group, for its acquisition of a 115MW portfolio of wind farms in a deal totalling more than €100 million with renewable energy company RES.The portfolio of eight wind farms is comprised of operational sites in France, the UK and Ir...
  • Controllis launches carbon neutral power solution for off-grid and poor-grid telecom sites
    Controllis Zero offsets CO2 emissions from power production with sustainable solar and biofuel systemCambridge 27th November 2019. According to the GSMA there are more than one million off-grid / poor-grid telecoms sites in use globally, which combined are generating a carbon footprint greater than countries such as Nepal, Cambodia and Cameroon. By leveraging the environmental ...
  • Five year contract marks milestone for Natural Power and E.ON
    Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has secured a five year contract to deliver HV support to E.ON UK. By the end of the contract term, the two businesses will have been working together for more than 20 years. Natural Power first delivered operational support to E.ON (formerly Powergen) in 2002 at the 24-turbine Bowbeat Wind Farm in the Sc...
  • HUBER+SUHNER enters mining market with innovative solutions for critical communication infrastructure
    The company’s established knowledge and expertise in fiber optic technology has proven to be key in the mining market and will be showcased at China Coal & Mining Expo 2019Drawing on its extensive experience in providing solutions for optical connectivity in harsh environmental conditions, HUBER+SUHNER is now leading the way in supplying the mining industry with innov...
  • Wiltshire County Council Expands Telensa Deployment to 42,000 Smart Streetlights
    Central Management System has paid for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs and will provide a low-cost platform for future smart city applicationsCambridge, UK - 29 October 2019 Telensa, the market leader in connected street lighting and Smart City applications, today announced that it has been selected by Wiltshire County Council to expand its PLANet intelligent str...
  • Natural Power recruits Energy Manager to support clients' carbon targets
    Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has appointed Duncan Wren in the role of Energy Manager. This new role has been created in response to the growing demand from clients in the built environment to help with lowering their carbon emissions. Euan Hutchison, Associate Technical Director (Planning), said: “Working with our teams of tech...
  • Natural Power awarded innovation grant to improve wind farm efficiency
    Following a pilot project to improve wind farm efficiency, leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has been awarded more than £100,000 from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to further develop its research into ‘Combining complex and disparate data sources to define and deploy leaner and smarter operational strategies t...
  • Rezatec launches deployment to monitor water pollution around Lake Maumelle for Central Arkansas Water
    Harwell, Oxfordshire, 10 September 2019 – Central Arkansas Water, a metropolitan water utility system located in Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA has partnered with Rezatec, a world leading data analytics company, to conduct a deployment to identify and monitor sources of contaminants entering one of its primary drinking water sources, Lake Maumelle.Lake Maumelle is a 13.9 s...
  • US Department of Energy selects Natural Power for smart curtailment technology fund
    Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider Natural Power has been selected to receive substantial funding to develop and test a smart curtailment system to protect bats while minimising power loss during wind farm operations. The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected ten projects to receive funding totalling $6.8 million that will reduce environmental compliance...
  • Fred.Olsen Renewables raise more than £16k with Three Peaks Challenge
    Fred.Olsen Renewables, with the help of Natural Power, SeaRoc and ZX Lidars, has raised a total of £16,078 for the Marine Conservation Society, Scottish Mountain Rescue and Mountain Rescue England and Wales by completing the Three Peaks Challenge.A team made up of 27 employees from all four companies took park in the challenge scaling Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike i...
  • Natural Power and FVB form strategic partnership
    Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, and Swedish district energy consultant and design engineering expert, FVB, have formed a strategic partnership to further the advancement of district heating projects in the UK and Ireland.The combined skills of the organisations provide a unique complete lifecycle service to developers, owners and operat...
  • Natural Power appoints Offshore Services Lead in North America
    Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider Natural Power has appointed Matthew Filippelli as Principal Engineer and Offshore Services Lead. He will be based in the New York office located in Saratoga Springs. Jim Adams, President of Natural Power in North America, said: “The US has a vast offshore wind energy resource, and as this market continues to gather...
  • Natural Power advises Blackfinch Investments on subsidy-free solar farm acquisition
    Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has acted as technical advisor to Blackfinch Investments for the acquisition of a new subsidy-free solar farm project in North Wales. The site, which is located on the Llyn Peninsula, is in advanced stage of development and already has planning consent, a grid connection offer and the option for lease in ...
  • Controllis launches Smart48 Hybrid Power Unit for mobile and off-grid site power back-up
    Integrated solution slashes fuel use, adds renewable energy and increases site reliabilityLeading hybrid power systems specialist Controllis has launched the Smart48-Hybrid Power Unit (HPU) which allows mobile and telecoms operators to increase their network reliability and significantly reduce their fuel costs and carbon footprint.There are millions of mobile tower and telecom...
  • Controllis launches IonLiFe® battery
    New lithium-ion battery transforms hybrid power solutions for telecoms & off-grid sites United Kingdom, 5th July 2019 Critical telecoms and off-grid sites can now gain significant performance and cost improvements by switching to state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries. Leading hybrid power systems specialist Controllis has launched an innovative 48V 105 Amp hour lithium-ion...
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