Southern Company: A History of a Prolific Power Technology Pioneer

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2022 04:18:32 +0000

Atlanta-based energy giant Southern Co. has rapidly evolved to keep in step with the evolution of power. As part of its corporate growth, the company has notably pioneered technologies that have reshaped

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Canada’s National Nuclear Lab Backs Fuel Development for ARC Fast Reactor

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2022 22:08:07 +0000

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) and ARC Clean Energy Canada have agreed to collaborate on a two-year joint project to “deliver a technology demonstration for the fuel fabrication process” customized for ARC Canada’s ARC-100, a 100-MWe/286-MWth, sodium-cooled “advanced small modular reactor” (aSMR), the parties announced on July 26. The development marks a pivotal boost for ARC […]

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Kairos Commissions Molten Salt Coolant Production Plant for High-Temperature Nuclear Reactors

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2022 15:14:15 +0000

Kairos Power, an advanced nuclear reactor developer, has commissioned a molten salt purification plant (MSPP) that will produce “large quantities” of a high-purity coolant for reactors based on its fluoride salt-cooled, high-temperature reactor (KP-FHR) technology. The MSPP, one of the largest of its kind, is located at materials supplier Materion Corp.’s campus in Elmore, Ohio. […]

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Harnessing Cooling Tower Plumes to Provide Purified Water

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2022 04:16:00 +0000

A novel technology that is surprisingly simple in principle promises to significantly reduce water consumption in evaporative cooling tower systems by capturing water from cooling tower plumes.  Sonal Patel

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Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field Demonstrates Hydrogen Integration

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2022 04:12:00 +0000

The Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field is revitalizing an earthquake-stricken region and providing a remarkable boost to Japan’s ambitions to launch a hydrogen society. While global interest in

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NASA Picks Three Nuclear Power Concepts for Demonstration on the Moon

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2022 13:38:28 +0000

Three teams comprising some of the most prominent engineering and technology firms in the U.S. will provide initial designs for a fission surface power (FSP) system as part of a federal project to demonstrate a 40-kW nuclear reactor for power applications on the moon. NASA and Battelle Energy Alliance—the contracted entity that manages and operates […]

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Large-Scale Enhanced Geothermal System Trial Successfully Completed

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2022 18:33:40 +0000

A federally backed effort to advance enhanced geothermal system (EGS) technologies in Utah marked a significant milestone with successful completion of its first large-scale 10-day simulation in a deep-deviated well. The U.S. Department of Energy’s  (DOE’s) Utah Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), which is sited near the town of Milford on the […]

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Southern Co. Gas-Fired Demonstration Validates 20% Hydrogen Fuel Blend

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2022 19:50:51 +0000

A demonstration project at Georgia Power’s 2.5-GW natural gas–fired Plant McDonough-Atkinson facility has validated a natural gas fuel blend with 20% hydrogen by volume on one of its six Mitsubishi Power advanced-class gas turbines. The test, one of the largest of its kind to date, provided an approximately 7% reduction in carbon emissions compared to […]

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[UPDATED] Researchers Say SMRs Will Produce More Waste Than Large Nuclear Reactors, NuScale Disputes Claim

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2022 11:54:36 +0000

Findings from research led by a team that included a former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) chairperson and experts from Stanford University suggests small modular reactors (SMRs) will generate more radioactive waste than conventional gigawatt-scale nuclear units. The results were released in a research article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences […]

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DOD Picks BWXT Design for ‘Project Pele’ Prototype Nuclear Microreactor 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2022 13:10:44 +0000

The Department of Defense (DOD) has picked BWX Technologies’ (BWXT’s) microreactor design for its “Project Pele” full-scale transportable prototype. The selection closes out a much-watched contest with X-energy for the contract from the DOD’s Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) to build and operate what could be the nation’s first advanced microreactor.  Lynchburg, Virginia-based BWXT will now […]

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