Carnival of Nuclear Energy 183

ferris wheel 202x201It’s time for the 183rd Carnival of Nuclear Energy – the weekly rotating feature that brings you the best pro-nuclear authors and bloggers, and their viewpoints on what matters in the fields of nuclear energy and nuclear technology.

Every week, this feature appears at one of the top English-language, pro-nuclear blogs or sites; it’s a great way to keep abreast of what is happening in nuclear fields.

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Yes Vermont Yankee – Meredith Angwin

Nuclear Training and Questions about the Future

For nuclear professionals at Vermont Yankee, will it be easy to fill jobs at other nuclear plants? Or will VY employees need extensive retraining because American nuclear plants are so different from each other?

Renewable Energy Mandates Pose a Threat to Nuclear: Guest post by Jeff Walther

Walther describes how renewables take precedence on the grid, and how this destabilizes the grid and affects the ability of baseload plants to function.  He suggests a solution: all plants bid in to the grid at different price levels: one price if they are allowed to set their own hours, a higher price if they are willing to be dispatched.  (This would level the playing field. Sorry for the pun.)

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Next Big Future – Brian Wang

China’s thorium molten salt nuclear reactor project is looking for energy without water cooling for arid parts of china

The latest IEA world energy forecast to 2035

John slough talks about his nuclear fusion propulsion project and his nuclear fusion energy system

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The Hiroshima Syndrome – Leslie Corrice

Japan Makes a Rational Exposure Calculation Decision; the Nuclear Regulation Authority shifts to personal dosimetry instead of the previous airborne estimations that overestimated actual dose by a factor of three.  Also:  Former Japanese PM’s are Chasing Unicorns; two former PM’s are stumping “no nukes” across the nation, and are naive to the point of absurdity.
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Nuke Power Talk – Gail Marcus

ANS Conference: A Wealth of Anniversaries

Gail Marcus spent the past week at the ANS National Conference, which took place in Washington, DC from Sunday night through Thursday.  In Nuke Power Talk, she provides a few highlights, particularly about the stellar cast of speakers in the opening plenary and the ANS President’s special session.  She also notes that, while the conference was billed as a celebration of 75 years of nuclear fission, some of the speakers identified a number of other important nuclear milestones that we are celebrating this year.

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AREVA North America NEXT ENERGY Blog – submitted by Curtis Roberts

Flexible Operations Keep American Nuclear Facilities Competitive

As increasing numbers of states implement Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) programs and plug in intermittent output renewable energy sources, the steady output of load-following nuclear energy can play an important role in maintaining a stable U.S. electricity grid.

Standing Up for Those Who Served America

On Monday, among the parades, waving flags and memorial services that commemorate Veterans Day, it is important to remember that the members of our military often come home and face a new challenge – civilian life.  Fortunately, there are ways that we, as residents and members of the business community, can show our gratitude to these American heroes.  We can hire veterans.

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NewsOK Science and Technology – Robert Bruce Hayes

Do we really need nuclear weapons?

In a thought-provoking post, Hayes presents some of the argument as to why we have nuclear weapons, the history behind their spread and deployment, and gives the reader a chance to become better informed on this topic of great moral divide.

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Atomic Power Review – Will Davis

SCE releases further information on San Onofre Closure

After a busy week covering the ANS 2013 Winter Meeting, Will restarts the Atomic Power Review blog by posting a fresh release from Southern California Edison that answers some further questions about the real decision making that led to the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

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That’s it for this week!  Thanks to all of the authors who submitted posts.

(Carnival post assembled for ANS Nuclear Cafe by Will Davis.)

About Will Davis

Will Davis is the Communications Director for the N/S Savannah Association, Inc. where he also serves as historian, newsletter editor and member of the board of directors. Davis has recently been engaged by the Global America Business Institute as a consultant. He is also a consultant to, and writer for, the American Nuclear Society; an active ANS member, he is serving on the ANS Communications Committee 2013–2016. In addition, he is a contributing author for Fuel Cycle Week, and writes his own popular blog Atomic Power Review. Davis is a former US Navy reactor operator, qualified on S8G and S5W plants.

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