Brian Wang: China was planning to use Westinghouse AP1000 and French EPR (Evolutionary Power Reactor) nuclear reactors. China normally completes nuclear reactors in 4-5 years and at a half or a third of the price of nuclear construction in the USA and Europe. China just finished its first EPR reactor but it was five years late and about double the budget. China has also completed several AP1000 reactors but there were delays and budget overruns as well. Westinghouse and Toshiba went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2017.
Wanda Munn, one of the world's outstanding women nuclear engineers: Her straight forward, clear talk and videos on nuclear energy should help people everywhere to understand the importance of nuclear for humanity, the environment and wildlife habitat.
Dr. Yoon Chang, Senior manager of the Integral Fast Reactor at Argonne National Laboratory describes the Experimental Breeder Reactor II, the Integral Fast Reactor project and pyro-processing for fuel recycling. This can provide near endless power to generate clean, safe electricy.
Axios, Zachary Basu: If China achieves the targets outlined in its Energy Development Strategy Action Plan, it will become the world's nuclear energy leader and fundamentally change the global trajectory of the nuclear power industry.
Nikkei Asian News, Tomoyo Ogawa: Russia accounts for 67% of the world's nuclear plant deals currently in development. By 2030, Rosatom aims to increase its overseas sales to two-thirds of total sales, from 50% currently. Russia is looking to expand its influence through nuclear diplomacy, vying with China for the status of nuclear energy superpower. China is adding nuclear power as fast as possible and will compete globally in the future. The United States is under the thumb of anti-nuclear organizations and go along media and elected officials. California wants to employ mostly wind and solar power. Richard McPherson, member of the Board of Advisors for EFN-USA reported this story.
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is to receive USD1.9 million in funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to lead research into ways to efficiently building a power plant based on GE Hitachi's BWRX-300 small modular reactor. The research team includes Bechtel, Exelon, Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy (HGNE) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The research aims to identify ways to reduce plant completion costs by 40-60% compared with other SMR designs in development. This, GEH says, would make it cost-competitive with combined cycle gas and renewables.
World Nuclear News: This report describes the future of nuclear power around the world for the next half century. In Europe and North America there are hardly any plans to replace nuclear with new nuclear, except in France and Russia. In Asia, China clearly intends to make full use of nuclear power with their own developed best nuclear technologies. The electric power needs of modern economies are fairly predictable. To meet those needs, it is best to use the most reliable and controllable energy sources. That is what Asia is doing with fossil fuels and nuclear power. In Europe and North America, politicians and certain factions of the public are choosing very dilute wind and solar power, which are variable, unpredictable and even not available at all. This clearly will lead to strong Asian economies and weak economies in Europe and North America. Strong economies have historically plundered weak economies for land, water and resources: the Persian Empire, Greece's Alexander, Rome's European Empire, Hitler's LEBENSRAUM, European conquests of the Americas. Do oblivious self-centered idealists in Europe and North America think it will be otherwise with their elitist environmental dreams of wind and solar power, with most manufacturing being done on the other side of the world?
Thomas Cochran has been working with the Natural Resources Defense Council since the 1970s to impede the use of nuclear power, particularly the kind that uses most of the potential energy and produces the lease amount of radioactive waste: In his 1977 testimony to Congress, he makes several assertions against advanced nuclear power: 1) The risks of making massive investments in a plutonium-based energy technology, 2) The misplaced energy priorities characterized by an excessive emphasis on commercialization of the LMFBR technology, neglect of energy conservation potential and under funding of alternative non-nuclear supply technologies.
Neil Alexander, Ph.D. radiation damage in steels, business strategist, consultant and advocate for nuclear energy: In the 1950s, civilian nuclear power was born. We had already started using the by-products from the industry for radiation therapies to treat cancer. Now, reactors operating at not much more than atmospheric pressure using molten salts as a coolant. Reactors that can consume nuclear waste or transmute other elements into fuel. So when someone says we shouldn't develop new nuclear technologies because there were some problems in the past, tell them that that is like deciding not to develop the Dreamliner because the Wright flyer was too draughty.
Thomas Cochran has been working with the Natural Resources Defense Council since the 1970s to impede the use of nuclear power, particularly the kind that uses most of the potential energy and produces the lease amount of radioactive waste: The closed fast-reactor fuel cycle for transmutation of waste is: uneconomic, unreliable, unsafeguardable, unsafe, unworkable. If this is not bad enough, several costly reprocessing plants would need to be built for each geologic repository avoided and there is no evidence that the releases from the closed fuel cycle will have fewer health impacts than from geologic repositories.