Hydrogen power, modular nuclear and the other technology Xcel Energy has its eyes on

Xcel Energy says it should have no problem reaching its goal to cut carbon by 80 percent by 2030. It’s that last 20 percent that will require some still-nascent technology, Xcel CEO Ben Fowke told MPR chief meteorologist Paul Huttner in this week’s Climate Cast. “If we start to nurture these kinds of technology, I think they’ll be there …

Russia’s Rosatom Offers Philippines to Build Small-Capacity Floating Nuclear Power Plants

Russia is offering to the Philippines to build floating nuclear power plants (NPP) for the island nation in western Pacific, Director General of Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation Alexei Likhachev said Thursday following a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. “There are several ways to develop nuclear energy industry in …

Russian ship-borne nuclear power plant towed to Arctic port

The first-ever floating nuclear power plant, built by Russia, has arrived at its Arctic port in the nation’s far east. The Rosatom nuclear agency reported that the Akademik Lomonosov ship-borne reactor plant is at the Pevek port and nearly ready for commercial operation. Power Engineering reported in April that the Lomonsov passed a series of tests …

IAEA and ASEAN Strengthen Cooperation in Nuclear Science, Technology and Applications, and Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards

The use of nuclear science and technology for peaceful purposes is to become more widespread in Southeast Asia, following the signature of Practical Arrangements between the IAEA and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the margins of the IAEA’s General Conference today. These Practical Arrangements, which were signed by IAEA Acting Director General …

US nuclear lab partners with utilities to produce hydrogen

The U.S. government’s primary nuclear lab is partnering with three energy utilities to find an economical way to use nuclear energy to produce hydrogen that can be stored and used to power everything from industry to personal vehicles, officials said Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Energy said the Idaho National Laboratory will work with Ohio-based …

Kazakhstan Eyes Cooperation With European Organization for Nuclear Research

Officials from Central Asia’s largest country announced this week the government’s intent to join the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) to develop the country’s nuclear research. “Great opportunities in the field of nuclear research are opening up for our scientists,” said Sungat Yesimkhanov, Kazakhstan’s Vice-Minister of Energy, while addressing an extended meeting held Tuesday in the …

Korean reactor design certified for use in USA

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has certified the Korean-designed Advanced Power Reactor 1400 (APR-1400). The certificate states that the NRC finds the design fully meets US safety requirements. Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) and its subsidiary Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) originally submitted the design to the NRC in September 2013. They then …