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Ohio Senate votes to repeal nuclear plant subsidies
After months of unsuccessful efforts by Ohio lawmakers to contend with the fallout from H.B. 6—the now-infamous nuclear subsidies bill signed into law in 2019—the state’s senate on March 3 passed a measure, S.B. 44, to repeal those subsidies. The vote was 32–0.
For those who may need reminding, federal prosecutors on July 21, 2020, arrested Larry Householder, then speaker of the Ohio House, and four lobbyists and political consultants for their involvement in an alleged $61 million corruption and racketeering scheme aimed at guaranteeing passage of H.B. 6, whose subsidies had kept Ohio’s Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants from premature closure.
H.B. 6 established a seven-year program to charge the state’s electricity consumers fees to support payments of about $150 million annually to the plants’ operator, Energy Harbor Corporation, then known as FirstEnergy Solutions (FES). FES had announced in March 2018 that it would be forced to close Davis-Besse and Perry without some form of support from the state. (The payments to Energy Harbor were blocked last December by an Ohio Supreme Court injunction, which complemented an earlier lower court ruling.)
L. Crosatti, D. L. Sadowski, S. I. Abdel-Khalik, M. Yoda, ARIES Team
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 1 | July 2009 | Pages 96-100
Divertor and High Heat Flux Components | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 1) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A8883
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Extensive experimental and numerical studies of the planar jet impingement concept used in gas-cooled T-tube divertor modules have been previously performed at Georgia Tech.1 The experiments were used to validate the numerical CFD model based on the FLUENT[registered] software package. However, the test module used in those experiments did not duplicate the exact geometry of the T-tube divertor, particularly the single-sided nature of the incident heat flux. In this paper, the thermal performance of a prototypical T-tube divertor module is experimentally and numerically examined. The test module has been designed and constructed to match the geometry, dimensions, material properties, and single-sided heating configuration of the actual T-tube divertor. Experiments were performed using air as the coolant with different values of the incident heat flux. The coolant flow rate and inlet pressure were selected to span the expected range of non-dimensional parameters for the actual helium-cooled T-tube divertor design. The experimental values of the local heat transfer coefficient and pressure drop show good agreement with the numerical (FLUENT[registered] 6.3) predictions. The data obtained in this investigation provide added confidence in the predicted performance of the T-tube divertor concept, and the ability of the FLUENT CFD software package to predict its thermal performance, as well as the thermal performance of other complex gas-cooled high heat flux components.