No, There Won’t Be Nuclear-Powered Commercial Shipping This Time Either

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Fri, 26 May 2023 17:35:32 +0000

DALL·E generated image of a nuclear reactor cooling tower on a big cargo ship, digital artNuclear for commercial ships is so obviously flawed from a business perspective that I didn’t even bother to include it in my quadrant chart of sexy vs impractical maritime decarbonization technologies.

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Are The Climate Provisions In The Inflation Reduction Act Worth Their Cost?

Credit to Author: Carolyn Fortuna| Date: Tue, 23 May 2023 17:35:09 +0000

climate provisionsA new Brookings Paper on Economic Activity had an original goal to quantify the economic impacts of the IRA provisions. They determined that, yes, the IRA provisions would reduce carbon emissions significantly. But that’s not all. These provisions would also cost more than the current government projections that are floating around.

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US Electricity from Renewable Energy Beat Electricity from Coal or Nuclear in 2022

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Mon, 22 May 2023 22:51:09 +0000

Since 2007, the use of coal for electricity generation has generally been in decline, while the use of renewables has been on the rise. Electricity generation from nuclear had remained relatively flat over the last two decades but has experienced a slight decline in recent years. In 2022, net generation of electricity from renewables reached […]

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Classic Megaproject Early Mistakes Will Create A Fiscal Disaster For Netherlands Nuclear

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2023 19:25:22 +0000

DALL·E generated image of pouring euros into a nuclear reactor construction site, digital artRecently, the new coalition government of the Netherlands looked across its decarbonization portfolio, realized that it had failed to meet renewables targets, and so announced that it would build two nuclear power reactors with 1-1.6 GW capacity each. And the government is claiming that it will have them running in 2035, but has only outlined […]

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Industrial Heat Will Decarbonize With Electricity, Not Molecules, & Kanthal SVP Helps Us Understand Why

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2023 16:45:32 +0000

DALL·E generated image of a wind turbine with electrical wires flowing to steel furnace, digital artI had the opportunity to sit down for 90 minutes with Dilip Chandrasekaran, engineer, materials science PhD and SVP of industrial heat leader Kanthal.

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Shoveling Money Into Small Modular Nuclear Reactors Won’t Make Their Electricity Cheap

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2023 19:35:27 +0000

DALL·E generated image of shoveling money into a nuclear reactor, digital artWrights Law isn’t going to save the deep inefficiencies of SMRs. As I pointed out two years ago, the world tried tiny commercial nuclear reactors in the 1960s and 1970s, they were too expensive.

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European Tiny Modular Reactor Deal Starts With Absurdly Expensive Electricity

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2023 18:15:20 +0000

DALL·E generated image of cradles in hospital maternity ward with tiny nuclear reactors in them, digital artAlready 2.4 times as expensive as very, very expensive Hinkley. First of a kind, so very likely to double or more in price. Very unlikely to be built before 2040 due to long-tailed risks.

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With Heat From Heat Pumps, US Energy Requirements Could Plummet By 50%

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2023 14:25:48 +0000

DALL·E generated image of an industrial plant wasting lots of heat, reddish, digital artElectrification and heat pumps radically reduce the requirement to build new wind, solar, nuclear, hydro, and geothermal primary energy sources.

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Manufacturing Hydrogen For Cooling In New York’s Nine Mile Point Nuclear Plant Makes Sense

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Wed, 08 Mar 2023 20:35:33 +0000

DALL·E generated image of nuclear hydrogen purple digital artIn February, Nine Mile Point nuclear power station in upstate New York started making its own hydrogen. Normally, this would be the point where I’d do the math and explain why this is a terrible idea, but in this case they got it right. So, what are they doing and why? The Nine Mile Point […]

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