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Members focus on the dissemination of knowledge and information in the area of power reactors with particular application to the production of electric power and process heat. The division sponsors meetings on the coverage of applied nuclear science and engineering as related to power plants, non-power reactors, and other nuclear facilities. It encourages and assists with the dissemination of knowledge pertinent to the safe and efficient operation of nuclear facilities through professional staff development, information exchange, and supporting the generation of viable solutions to current issues.
2020 ANS Annual Meeting
June 8–11, 2020
Online Virtual Meeting
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U.S. nuclear capacity factors: Resiliency and new realities
In the early years of the Nuclear News capacity factors survey, any factor over 70 was deemed excellent; any factor under 50 was considered poor. By that standard, all but two operating U.S. power reactors chalked up excellent performance during 2017–2019. A record 809.4 TWh of electricity was generated in the United States from nuclear energy in 2019, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), besting the record of 807.1 TWh set in 2018.
Nuclear News staff developed the capacity factors survey in the early 1980s as a way to identify the most productive reactors in an expanding fleet. Fleet improvement was the industry’s self-identified goal, but no one could anticipate the startlingly rapid pace of improvement, spurred by the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), which boosted fleetwide performance to highs that continue today.
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The Nuclear Historic Landmark Award identifies and memorializes sites or facilities where outstanding physical accomplishments took place that were instrumental in the advancement and implementation of nuclear technology and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
The historic event or activity must have successfully provided an essential contribution to, or basis for, subsequent peaceful application of nuclear technology or nuclear energy, and been a first of a kind, or provided a significant new departure.
The Nuclear Historic Landmark Award recognizes facilities that were placed in service 20 or more years ago. The designation of these sites is symbolized by an engraved bronze plaque for display at or near the original site. The plaque is presented by an official representative of the Society at an appropriate ceremony.
The first awards were selected in 1985 in groups by the Honors and Awards Committee. In 1988, the committee began considering nominations from outside the committee.
Nominees are evaluated by a subcommittee of the Honors and Awards (H&A) Committee. Favorable H&A recommendations are forwarded to the Society's Board of Directors for approval.
Nominations must include the completed nomination form accompanied by the following supporting documents:
Nomination forms and supporting documents (in Word or Adobe Acrobat) should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hard copies can be mailed to:
Honors and AwardsAmerican Nuclear Society555 N. Kensington AvenueLa Grange Park, IL 60526-5535