Tag Archives: US Nuclear production

Defective Nuclear Parts

The ECOreport reposts A Story of Defective Nuclear Parts

Originally Published on Greenpeace Energydesk

by Zachary Davies Boren

Nuclear power plants around the world may be using the same faulty parts that have caused problems at the troubled reactor at Flamanville, France.

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The Coal Conundrum

 The Coal Conundrum: coal is a relatively low cost energy resource that causes global warming and climate change effects. So what are the alternatives? 

Originally Published Thoughts of a Lapsed Physicist

By Allan Hoffman

A long article in the October 16th Washington Post, ‘U.S. exports emissions – as coal’ by Joby Warrick, points out the conundrum posed by the U.S.’s abundant coal resources. These coal reserves provide a relatively low cost energy resource that can be burned to produce steam and electricity and improve human welfare in both the U.S. and other countries. However, it’s combustion produces large amounts of carbon dioxide that when added to the atmosphere causes global warming and associated global climate change. The conundrum arises from a clear conflict of values – the need to provide energy services to people around the world, in particular people in developing countries whose per capita consumption of electricity is well below that of developed countries, and the need to address climate change with its many adverse consequences, identified by many as the most serious problem facing the globe. No easy answer exists to satisfy those on both sides of this conundrum.

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The Need for A Coherent National Energy Policy

The ECOreport reposts an essay on the need for a coherent National Energy Policy

Originally Published on Energypost &  Thoughts of a Lapsed Physicist

By Allan Hoffman

There are two fundamental ‘things’ needed to sustain human life, water and energy. Water is the more precious of the two as reflected in the Arab saying “Water is life.” Without water life as we know it would not exist, and there are no substitutes for water – without it we die.

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A More Efficient Nuclear Fusion Plant

Brandon Sorbom & the MIT team have designed a smaller, less expensive nuclear plant equal to any planned or existing. A more efficient nuclear fusion plant

Originally Published on MIT News

By David Chandler

It’s an old joke that many fusion scientists have grown tired of hearing: Practical nuclear fusion power plants are just 30 years away — and always will be. But now, finally, the joke may no longer be true: Advances in magnet technology have enabled researchers at MIT to propose a new design for a practical compact tokamak fusion reactor — and it’s one that might be realized in as little as a decade, they say. The era of practical fusion power, which could offer a nearly inexhaustible energy resource, may be coming near.

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Utility Scale Solar is up 127% over Last Year

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released the electicity statistics for May 2014.  The biggest story, utility scale solar is up 127% over last year.

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US Renewable Sector is Growing, but still a small Contributor

by Roy L Hales

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The Sun Day Campaign has just released a press release proclaiming the fact non-hydro renewables outproduced hydropower for the first time in March 2014. Viewed alongside stats from the rest of the energy sector: the US renewable sector is growing, but still a small contributor.
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