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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

The WNO reminds industry that nuclear power is the backbone of the U.S. electricity system, providing sustained economic benefits, assuring grid reliability and supplying the largest source of low-carbon energy, President Korsnick said. The U.S. nuclear fleet provides about 475,000 jobs and produces more than $12 billion annually in federal and state tax revenues, she added.

Korsnick identified two challenges of immediate concern ... preserving its existing nuclear fleet, and creating policy conditions under which companies will build and develop new nuclear capacity.

The... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Isaac Orr reports that Bill McKibben, a climate activist and founder of 350.org, recently argued that Earth is rapidly warming and immediate action must be taken to reduce human-caused greenhouse-gas emissions. To do so, McKibben advocates a massive build-out of wind and solar power, but he never mentions one of the most obvious and efficient energy sources available ... nuclear.

The omission is no mistake. McKibben and his environmental pals have made a concerted effort to reject nuclear energy, even though it is the only way to immediately reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, to creat... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

The Department of Atomic Energy will construct two Prototype Fast Breeder Reactors (PFBR) of 600 MW each at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu, besides the present one of 500 MW capacity which is expected to go fully functional by October, the government said today.

All the construction activities of PFBR have been completed and the integrated commissioning activities have started. PFBR is expected to go fully functional by October 2017.

This delay is primarily due to augmentation of certain additional assessments and checks on the installed equipment prior to commencement of thei... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Kyodo reports that a member of the American Nuclear Society has written online that radiation levels at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Japan are not soaring as reported by some media last week. Will Davis, a consultant and writer for the professional membership organization, left a post on its blog, ANS Nuclear Cafe, saying the claims that experts are finding the levels unimaginable are demonstrably false.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., better known as Tepco, said on Feb. 2 that it estimated the radiation below the pressure vessel in the No. 2 reactor primar... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Greg Wajda opines on which driver of Uranium will be the next to strike. It appears the momentum of the Kazakhstan production cut announcement gave Uranium has faded. What is left to continue the rally?

Wajda considers the possible upcoming catalysts for Uranium to be ...

1. Japan reactor restart
2. Russian/other state production cuts
3. China/India/US reactor announcements/starts/progression
4. Momentum from the stock/financial side

Regardless of the economics, the fundamentals of Japan energy dependency on imported fuels, the restarting of Japa... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Dr. Conca opines that the Trump administration and Congress seem to be trying to raise Yucca Mountain from the dead. Yucca Mountain is the site of a proposed high-level nuclear waste repository in Nevada that was halted in 2010.

The site has always been political, from its initial choice to its recent death. The problem this time is that most of our high-level nuclear waste is no longer high-level. And most scientists agree we should not dispose of spent nuclear fuel until we reuse it in our new reactors that are designed to burn it. So there really is not much to go into Yucca Moun... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Johnathan Crawford opines that nuclear power providers, battered by low prices and competition from cheap natural gas, say they can help President Donald Trump fulfill a campaign promise to put more people to work. Trump will throw more support behind nuclear power than the Obama administration, which gave a higher priority to wind and solar power, Maria Korsnick, president and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute, said in an interview Tuesday at Bloomberg headquarters in New York. The industry goal of expanding the number of U.S. nuclear reactors dovetails into Trump campai... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Caleb Gibbons reports that uranium stocks have garnered a lot of attention this far in 2017. Little wonder, as the uranium plays are up nearly 60% since the deemed pro-nuclear Trump was elected in November 16?.

2017 +27%,
2016 -1%,
2015 -37%,
2014 -23%,
2013 -21%,
2012 -19%,
2011 -60.%

From inception (11/4/2010), The uranium ETF is down 79.5% cumulative from inception in 2010. U3O8 spot price currently trades as $25.31.lb. down 81.4% from the 2007 high of $136/lb. The merit of nuclear power on metrics of both energy security and a low-... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that in January, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Advanced Nuclear Technology Act of 2017, HR 590, that is intended to foster civilian research and development of advanced nuclear energy technologies and enhance the licensing and commercial deployment of such technologies. The bill was sponsored by two Republicans and three Democrats and has now moved to Committee in the Senate, chaired by John Thune (R-SD).

At the same time, the latest version of the Interim Consolidated Storage Act was introduced in the House by Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Mike Conaway (R... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

The Deseret News editors opine that environmentalists and energy advocates alike should welcome innovations to nuclear power that could potentially help diversify and enhance Utah energy ecosystem. They call attention to a development taking place in southeast Idaho, which is the proposed location for a new design of a small modular nuclear power plant. The plant is being championed by a group called NuScale Technology, and it could provide the template for nuclear power that is both safer and cheaper than existing plants. What is more, it generates energy that is far cleaner than fossil fuels... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Diarmaid Williams reports that those who talk down the benefits of nuclear power are showing a poor understanding (and are ignorant) of current energy realities, according to the World Nuclear Association.

WNA has responded to the content of a recent article by Noah Smith on Bloomberg News, where the commentator contended that nuclear would not be viable in the electric power mix due to the expensive nature of nuclear power projects. The association also queried the data the author used to base his analysis. The association also queried the data the author used to base his analysis... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Malcolm Shaw blogs about the recent upturn in uranium activities worldwide. Uranium stocks have been busy digging themselves out of the basement in a very rapid fashion. This is an industry that was pretty much left for dead by late October last year... and then, all of a sudden, something changed. Was it the U.S. election and pro-nuclear comments? Maybe. Was it that every other commodity had rallied already and uranium was overdue to play catch up? Maybe. Was the rally helped along by a new Kazakh approach to the market (clearing sales through Switzerland) and the subsequent telegraphing of t... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Keith Rogers reports the Nevada commission charged with overseeing nuclear waste issues reported that it expects Congress to seek funding to revive the shuttered Yucca Mountain repository project this year. This is contained in a report to Gov. Brian Sandoval and the state Legislature from the Nuclear Projects Commission. The report states it is not yet clear whether the new administration would support reviving the shuttered program to permanently store 77,000 tons of high-level radioactive waste, primarily spent fuel from commercial power reactors, in a maze of tunnels inside the Nye County ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Stephen Stapczynski, of Bloomberg, reports that China rapid nuclear expansion will result in it overtaking the U.S. as the nation with the largest atomic power capacity by 2026, according to BMI Research. The world second biggest economy will almost triple its nuclear capacity to nearly 100 gigawatts by 2026, making it the biggest market globally, analysts said recently. China added about 8 gigawatts of nuclear power last year, boosting its installed capacity to about 34 million kilowatts, according to BMI.

China has committed to boosting nuclear power, which accounted for about 1.... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Jarret Adams opines that the agreement to close the Indian Point Energy Center north of NYC was a great loss. The latest in a string of closure announcements, Indian Point is felt widely because of its high-profile, its record, and proximity to the world-leading financial center.

As many as 60% of the 99 U.S. reactors could shut down by 2030. But today, only four are under construction. The only way to change this trajectory is to convince more Americans that nuclear energy makes sense (But this should not be voted on. Such decisions should be based on what makes business sense). Bu... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Other, RTGs, Thorium, Helium-3 and Fusion Research

Thorium oxide (ThO2) has one of the highest melting points of all oxides (3,300 degrees C) and has been used in light bulb elements, lantern mantles, arc-light lamps and welding electrodes as well as in heat-resistant ceramics.

Thorium can be used as a nuclear fuel through breeding to 233U. There is no significant demand for thorium resources currently and any large-scale commercial demand is expected to be dependent on the future development of thorium-fuelled nuclear reactors. Several reactor concepts based on thorium fuel cycles are under consideration, but a considerable amount ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Ted Skerpon opines that the Gov. Andrew Cuomo Clean Energy Standard plan is an investment in our clean-energy future. To suggest that the CES is a bailout for the state nuclear plants fails to recognize the great value they provide.

The benefits, especially the nuclear component, help the state achieve its clean-air objectives while minimizing costs compared to alternatives. Opponents incorrectly claim the zero-emission credits program is a tax and will increase electricity bills. This could not be further from the truth. A Brattle Group report found it will save consumers $1 billio... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

Tom Metcalfe reports that astronomers recently announced strong evidence of an Earth-like alien planet around Proxima Centauri, the star closest to our sun, making it the closest exoplanet found to date. Though the star system is our cosmic neighbor, it is still located 4.2 light-years, or 25 trillion miles, away from Earth. At such distances, could we ever visit the newfound planet?

Even the nearest stars would takes tens of thousands of years to reach using conventional spacecraft, such as the robotic probes being used now to explore the solar system. These spacecraft are driven b... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Blue Sky is focusing its uranium exploration efforts on southern Argentina. The Company concludes that the region is underexplored, with excellent potential for near-surface uranium resources (for open-pit mining) with rapid low-cost development potential. The new Federal Government has made public its support for the development of a domestic uranium supply to support the plans for expanding the nuclear energy capacity of the country, providing an excellent potential first customer for any new operation. The World Nuclear Association reports that ...

1. Argentina has three nuclear ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Daryl Montgomery reports that while energy investors have had their attention glued to the oil and natural gas markets in 2016, they may want to pay more attention to the uranium market in 2017. WTI Oil near-term futures bottomed at just over $26 per barrel in mid-February and peaked in the mid-50's before the end of the year. Natural gas prices also more than doubled from their bottom in early March to their high in late December. Uranium, on the other hand, was the left out member of the energy complex. The commodity did not confirm a possible bottom until the end of November 2016. Uranium s... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Jeff Desjardin reports that the uranium spot price had a rough ride throughout the course of 2016, but for many investors there is suddenly a new aura of optimism around the troubled metal. It all starts with the Trump America First strategy, which is being perceived by many as a potential boon to the uranium industry. Official details are slim, but industry executives are currently speculating that the Trump administration will be better for nuclear power than the previous government.

If that is true, then it would mean far less regulatory hurdles for nuclear power, and likely even... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Essel Group ME, a subsidiary of Indian multinational conglomerate Essel Group, announced it had agreed to invest $18 million in Swedish-Canadian LeadCold. Essel said that funded was intended to enable LeadCold to complete a pre-licensing design review of the SEALER reactor with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and to aid research and development efforts necessary to obtain a licence to build commercial SEALER units in Canada.

However, LeadCold has now announced that it signed an investment and financing agreement for $200 million, which it said will enable it to license... More →
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Philipp Gerbert, et al., report that until recently, artificial intelligence (AI) was similar to nuclear fusion in unfulfilled promise. It had been around a long time but had not reached the spectacular heights foreseen in its infancy. Now, however, AI is realizing its potential in achieving human-like capabilities, so it is time to ask ... How can business leaders harness AI to take advantage of the specific strengths of man and machine?

AI is swiftly becoming the foundational technology in areas as diverse as self-driving cars and financial trading. Self-learning algorithms are no... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Changing attitudes towards nuclear power plants (NPPs) are continuing to have an impact on the global utilities industry and evolving energy mix. Nearly 70 reactors are currently under construction. While the debate continues, the construction, operation and decommissioning of NPPs, including processes that all have their own specific power needs, is ongoing.

One key requirement at all stages of the NPP lifecycle is a reliable, efficient and flexible energy source, which modular (SMR) power achieves easily. Whether it is filling the gap during planned or unplanned maintenance, load ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Henry Lazenby reports that new analysis by research and consulting firm GlobalData has forecast global uranium output to rise at a compound yearly growth rate of 4.3%, to 76,493 t in 2020. The company report states that growth in production is needed to meet upcoming demand from new reactors. There are 22 new reactors scheduled for completion in 2017, with a total capacity of 22,444 MW. This includes eight reactors in China with a combined capacity of 8,510 MW, two reactors in South Korea with a combined capacity of 2,680 MW, two reactors in Russia with a combined capacity of 2,199 MW, and fo... More →
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