Carnival of Nuclear Bloggers #191 – Jan-12-2014

I’m glad to be hosting the Carnival of Nuclear Bloggers this week. We have a cold spell in our hemisphere while high temperatures prevail in other parts of the world. The weather has been extreme to say the least to begin 2014. A lot of us stayed indoors to avoid the roads and the cold. I am urging the bloggers, environmentalists, concerned citizens to unite. I started a new initiative called The Energy Reality Project. I am determined to reach out beyond the internet and encourage people to go out and get ACTIVE this year. We’ll be needing it more and more each year to make a difference. We need to motivate our own advocates as well as the Big Nuclear companies to promote nuclear energy. We will be helping the planet and the economy.
Nuke Power Talk
Post from Gail Marcus
    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.

Yes Vermont Yankee
Post from Meredith Angwin
    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 Hiroshima Syndrome/Fukushima Commentary
Two Posts from Leslie Corrice
    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.

ANS Nuclear Cafe
Post from Will Davis
    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.
Post from Rod Adams
    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.

Next Big Future
Four Posts from Brian Wang
    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 pollution.

Canadian Energy Issues
Post from Steve Aplin
    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.

Atomic Power Review
Post from Will Davis
    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.

Post from James Conca
    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.

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