Can Nuclear Replace Coal In The West? Over 20 Utah Cities Are Betting On It Despite The Risks

The solar panels outside the visitor’s center in Blanding, Utah produce enough electricity that the city can sell some of that power back to the grid, according to City Manager Jeremy Redd. But that’s only when the sun is shining. “You have intermittent sources of power and I think those are super important, and I …

Grossi predicts a dozen new nuclear countries by 2030

A “solid group” of 10-12 countries building nuclear power plants for the first time will emerge in the next decade, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi told OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Director General William Magwood in a WebChat last week. Bangladesh, Belarus, Egypt, Turkey and the UAE are among the nuclear newcomers, …

Berkeley opposes move to ban uranium mining in Spain

A proposed amendment to Spain’s draft climate change and energy transition bill that would prohibit the exploration and extraction of uranium is unconstitutional, says Berkeley Energia. The Australian-based company is at an advanced stage in licensing its Salamanca uranium mine. The draft bill was originally presented to the Spanish Parliament in May 2020. A series …

Canadian government invests in SMR technology

The Canadian government is investing CAD20 million (USD15 million) of federal funds to accelerate development of Terrestrial Energy’s Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) power plant. Small modular reactors (SMRs) are expected to play a key role in the country’s efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and in providing economic benefits as it …

Micro modular reactors proposed for Idaho and Illinois

Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) is proposing to deploy its Micro Modular Reactor (MMR) at sites in Idaho and Illinois by 2026 through partnerships with Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The proposals are part of the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program, which aims to accelerate …

Bruce Power to help explore use of eVinci in Canada

Bruce Power and Westinghouse Electric Company have agreed to pursue applications of Westinghouse’s eVinci micro reactor programme within Canada. The companies said the agreement supports efforts by the federal and provincial governments to study applications for nuclear technology to reach their goal of a Net Zero Canada by 2050. Over the next year, the work …