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Virginia governor touts nuclear in launch of new state energy plan
Speaking earlier this week at the launch ceremony for Virginia’s 2022 Energy Plan, Gov. Glenn Youngkin called for an all-of-the-above approach, stressing the need for “an achievable and dynamic energy plan that provides for abundant, reliable, affordable, and clean energy.” He also left no doubt as to where nuclear power fits into that plan.
“We have to be all in [for] nuclear energy in Virginia,” Youngkin declared, addressing an audience of lawmakers, workers donning hard hats, and business executives at a power transformer manufacturing facility in Lynchburg. “When it comes to reliability, affordability, when it comes to clean power, when it comes to the abundant nature of growing power demand, absolutely nothing beats nuclear energy. It is the baseload of all baseloads. And Virginia is uniquely positioned to lead.”
M. Harb, T. Bohm, A. Davis, P. P. H. Wilson, the FESS-FNSF Team
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 75 | Number 7 | October 2019 | Pages 747-753
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2019.1644134
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In this work, a preliminary assessment of the shutdown dose rate (SDR) in the latest Fusion Energy Systems Studies–Fusion Nuclear Science Facility conceptual design was calculated for one sector at different maintenance stages. The third operational phase, deuterium-tritium for 2.75 years, was considered to define the neutron source and the Rigorous 2-Step workflow was used. SDR levels were obtained at times that correspond to major maintenance operations and were found to be above 105 µSv/h, which necessitates robotic handling of all maintenance operations.