- There seems to be a never-ending supply of new acronyms. Gail Marcus, who blogged on acronyms once before on Nuke Power Talk, does so again this week with a new cache of acronyms she has stumbled upon.
- On a cold day during the Arctic Vortex, Meredith Angwin monitors the situation on the New England grid. Natural gas was expensive and unavailable, so higher-carbon oil and coal were on-line. Nuclear remains the backbone of the grid. This post contains many graphics illustrating the grid situation.
- The Press-dreaded spent fuel transfer at F. Daiichi has gone two months without a hitch. In addition, it seems Tepco has effectively resolved the storage tank leakage problems that dominated the headlines the last half of 2013. Most Japanese news outlets are relatively devoid of new Fukushima news because there’s nothing scary or upsetting to report. But a few newspapers have literally bent over backwards to keep Fukushima-angst alive among their readers.
- This morning Tepco stopped the operation of the water decontamination system called ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System). All three ALPS streams must have been operating for a considerable period of time before the crane broke down on Tuesday, but nobody seemed to care. Both Tepco and the Press seem to feel the world does not need to know that ~7.8 million gallons of Fukushima wastewater has been stripped of radioactive Cesium and Strontium since October 28.
- In the early days of nuclear power research, it was by no means clear which designs would prove to be most viable. An illustrated look at the first five year program of the US Atomic Energy Commission for development of commercial nuclear power.
- From his home state of Virginia, Rod Adams writes on an important missed opportunity due to the state’s ongoing uranium mine moratorium – the potential economic development benefits are much more important than widely acknowledged.
- China acquires energy technology and other technology and then scales
them up massively.
- China’s energy infrastructure strength today foreshadows even more
economic strength in a few years. This is even with expected economic
slowdown to 4-6% GDP growth after 2016.
- During the Polar vortex natural gas went up to $100 per thousand cubic
feet on the east coast and even $40 in Texas, Coal plants had problems
too but nuclear energy performed great.
- China is heading up to 4.8 billion tons of coal per year in 2020 and
they will spray water from their skyscrapers to blunt the worst of the
particulate pollution. They will also finally force coal plants to
turn on the smokestack bagging systems that reduce particulate
- Germany has some of the most expensive and dirty electricity in the European Union. This is not in spite of the highly touted energiewende, but because of it. As Steve Aplin demonstrates, the upshot of Germany’s rush to renewable energy has been that German use of combustible fuels, especially coal, to make electricity has increased.
- At Atomic Power Review, Will Davis continues coverage of the South Korean nuclear corruption and parts scandal with this latest develoment – plus background links to previous coverage.
- Diversity is really important – in biology, in culture, and in energy production. The polar vortex that hammered the United State last week demonstrated how badly we need a diverse energy mix (a third fossil, a third nuclear and a third renewable would do nicely) and how lucky we were to have significant nuclear power.