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Alternative Energy / Nuclear Power

  • Nuclear Industry Future Far From Clear

     My uncle was 17 years old, proud of his martial Prussian heritage, when he joined the U.S. Marines, just in time to make the landing on Guadalcanal. He made it through that encounter, was later wounded on Okinawa, recovered, and was training for the invasion of the Japanese mainland when Hiroshima and Nagasaki went up in atomic flames. When we buried him a few years ago, the Marine Honor Guard spokesman on hand said that most of the 500,000 Purple Hearts minted for the invasion were still in inventory. That is fortunate for Americans, though it meant woes a thousand…

  • Is France Ready To Move Away From Nuclear Energy?

    France is the world’s most nuclear dependent country. With 58 nuclear reactors in 19 power stations having a total capacity of 63.2 gigawatts, France is the second largest producer of nuclear energy in the world, second only to the United States.But unlike the U.S., nuclear energy represents France’s largest source of electricity generation, accounting for around 77 percent of the country’s energy generation in 2014. However, in the last few years, France has witnessed growing public support in favor of developing newer technologies that can reduce carbon emissions and replace nuclear power. A gradual increase in Nuclear power usage over the…

  • Obama’s Nuclear Waste Blunders Could Cost Taxpayers Over $20 Billion

    President Obama says otherwise, but he seems to have a propensity for slapping the nuclear industry across the face. When the Obama administration came into power, one of its first actions was to end work on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. In so doing, it delivered a shuddering blow to the U.S. nuclear industry, trashing the project when it was nearly ready to open. The cost to taxpayers was about $15 billion. Now the administration is going through the motions to suspend another costly nuclear waste investment when it is about 67 percent complete. Money expended: $4.5…

  • What Miniature Nuclear Reactors Could Mean For The World

    Even as the future of grid-scale nuclear reactors seems to be in flux with the mainstay producers like the Japanese and French seemingly unsure about the future of atomic power, new applications for nuclear technology are being developed all the time. Traditional nuclear power plants cost billions to build and, as Japan discovered, can be very dangerous. Of course nuclear power, despite its dangers, is also one of the most efficient energy generation technologies on the planet. It is little surprise then that nuclear power advocates are excited about a new area of technology in the industry: miniature nuclear reactors.…

  • Big News For Uranium Miners Could See A Price Rebound Soon

    And this week, we got more confirmation. The country is India. Which is now looking to build a "strategic uranium reserve" in order to support its burgeoning nuclear sector. Reports emerged in the local press Sunday suggesting that the reserve could be sizeable. With unnamed officials suggesting that the government could look to stock up to 15,000 tonnes (over 33 million pounds) of uranium. Related: Dispute Between Baghdad and Kurdistan Holds Back Iraqi Oil Potential A proposal to approve 5,000 tonnes of reserves has reportedly already been sent to India's cabinet. But sources said that figure would likely be revised upward…

  • Can U.S. Nuclear Plants Operate For 80 Years?

    The nuclear industry in the United States has been at a standstill for several decades. After an extraordinary wave of construction in the 1960s and 1970s, the nuclear industry ground to a halt. A confluence of events killed off new construction, including high interest rates, cost overruns, delays, and the Three Mile Island incident that scared the public and turned it against nuclear power. But despite the nuclear industry’s inability to build more than a handful of new nuclear power plants since the 1980s, nuclear power still accounts for about 19 percent of electricity generation in the United States, the…

  • Nuclear Is Not Dead, Uranium Supply Deficit Could Be On The Horizon

    Since the Fukushima incident, investors have given up on the idea of investing in nuclear power and anything that pertains to it. The Economist even said that nuclear power was the “dream that failed.” This statement wasn’t made irrationally; as Japan and Germany closed down all of their operating reactors due to that incident. These closures also prompted Japanese utility companies to sell uranium on to the open market, which helped trigger a large price decline.(Click to enlarge)Despite recent events though, the future of the uranium mining industry, and nuclear power, still looks bright. Nuclear Power Growth In the nuclear…

  • Investing In Nuclear Power Just Got More Interesting

    The shift in nuclear power from developed nations to third-world countries is an important trend for investors to understand because it is largely redefining the entire nuclear industry. Even as nuclear firms in France find themselves in deep financial distress¸ new opportunities are emerging. One of China’s two national nuclear reactor builders (China National Nuclear Power Co. Ltd.) went public recently with an explosive IPO, while long-time nuclear powerhouse Babcock & Wilcox announced earlier this year that it would split in two. Babcock and Wilcox’s split creates a company that is ideal for investors looking at the future of nuclear…

  • The Front-Runners In Fusion Energy

    Fusion power has been something of a holy grail in the energy field for decades. The idea of harnessing the same energy that powers the sun naturally excites many. At the same time, despite decades of research, fusion energy has yet to come close to being a reality. The only significant practical advance in fusion reactions has been the development of thermonuclear weapons like the hydrogen bomb which, for all intents and purposes, serve the same purpose as conventional nuclear weapons.Still, even today billions of dollars continues to be poured into fusion research at research labs around the world. And…

  • This Key Uranium Player Is About to Shock The Market

    Things appeared to be stabilizing in the global uranium market the last several months. With prices for the metal settling into a comfortable groove between $36 and $44 per pound.But that peace could soon be shattered, according to reports from major nuclear player Japan yesterday.The Japan Times reported that the country's key nuclear operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) is preparing to sell part of its uranium stockpiles. With documents obtained from the utility suggesting that more than 750 tonnes of uranium could be sold over the coming months.Related: Does Nuclear Power Deserve Such A Bad Image?Tepco is considering the move…

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