Recent announcements and news stories about a Russian project to build a floating and essentially portable nuclear power plant have been variously tabbed with the heading "new." The idea of a floating, mobile nuclear plant (which is not self-propelled and not a ship) is indeed not new-the nuclear barge STURGIS, itself a converted Liberty Ship, served as a power source for the Panama Canal for many years, beginning back in 1967. The new Russian plants bring extra excitement because they are classed, properly, in the now-popular small modular reactor plant category, having been based on true seagoing designs. This, of course, hints at the fact that their output will not approach that of any of the large, conventional nuclear plants familiar today.
January 3, 2013, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
December 19, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
How to avoid information overload on the Internet
December 18, 2012, 7:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
November 15, 2012, 8:00PMANS Nuclear Cafe
The ANS Winter Meeting is focused on progress in nuclear technology. Keep up-to-date year round with the ANS technical journal Nuclear Technology (NT). The November 2012 edition is available electronically and in hard copy for American Nuclear Society member subscribers and others. Non-subscribers click here to subscribe to NT and other ANS titles.
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September 27, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
The latest American Nuclear Society board-approved Position Statement (PS83) is titled "U.S. Global Nuclear Leadership Through Export-Driven Engagement." This statement highlights a paradigm shift that is occurring within ANS, as global macroeconomic issues force the recognition that clean energy is imperative for continued global development.
September 24, 2012, 6:00PMANS Nuclear Cafe
The American Nuclear Society will welcome delegates from around the world to Chicago in August 2014 for the 8th International Conference on Isotopes (8ICI).
August 30, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
August 15, 2012, 8:00PMANS Nuclear Cafe
Findings could be significant for other reactors
August 7, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
I've been fascinated by nuclear batteries-also known as radioisotope thermal generators or RTGs-since I first saw a pacemaker battery in an exhibit at the Maryland Science Museum. As my wife and children will testify, I am one of those slow moving people at museums who insists on reading nearly every placard under every exhibit. I'll never forget my feeling of wonder as I found out that 1/200th of an ounce of plutonium-238 could provide sufficient heat to that tiny battery to make it produce a continuous electrical current sufficient to run a heart pacemaker.
August 3, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
June 13, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.
June 11, 2012, 12:45PMANS Nuclear Cafe
The American Nuclear Society's Annual Conference, to be held June 24-28 in Chicago, Ill., will feature an embedded International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP 2012), ANS President Eric Loewen announced. "This international conference brings together nuclear leaders from around the world to share best practices and advance international understanding of the latest advances in nuclear power plants," said Loewen.
May 7, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
In 2009, the United States and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a "123" agreement, which allowed the transfer of US nuclear technology (e.g., reactors, etc.) to the UAE. As a condition of the agreement, the UAE gave up all rights to enrich uranium or reprocess spent nuclear fuel, now and at any point in the future. Thus, the UAE agreed to give up significant rights that are granted to it as a signee of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
May 3, 2012, 5:59AMANS Nuclear Cafe
Getting the NRC license is just the first step
April 26, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
The 4th annual Texas Atomic Film Festival (TAFF) is being held April 26 to May 3, 2012. The festival attracts short films (3 to 5 minutes) produced by students in nuclear engineering courses at the University of Texas at Austin. A public screening of the films, which focus on nuclear and energy related topics, is being held on April 26 at 12:30 pm at the UT Student Activities Center auditorium.
April 25, 2012, 6:00AMANS Nuclear Cafe
India is fast emerging as a leading world power in nuclear science and technology. In this video interview, American Nuclear Society President Eric Loewen discusses the recent delegation he led to help foster U.S.-India nuclear cooperation to benefit both countries.
April 1, 2012, 12:26PMANS Nuclear Cafe
Nuclear renaissance picks up steam with NRC approval of twin AP1000s at Scana's V C Summer Station