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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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Index / Education, Ethics, Society, Employment Issues

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

Dan Ervin opines that countries closing nuclear power plants have experienced an increase in carbon dioxide emissions. Usually these plants are replaced with fossil fuel units. In addition to increased emissions, the price of electricity has ballooned. Unfortunately, some nuclear power plants in the U.S. are beginning to shut down. There are two main reasons for this.

The first is misguided energy policies at the state and federal levels. The second is low natural gas prices. However, the price of natural gas has approximately doubled over the last year and is no longer driving this... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Other, RTGs, Thorium, Helium-3 and Fusion Research

When placed into nuclear applications, thorium can be used in conjunction with a fissile material like recycled plutonium. The use of thorium as a primary source of energy is still in the works. As World Nuclear Association notes, extracting the latent energy value of thorium in a cost-effective manner is still challenging. This means that before the the energy sector can turn to thorium as a viable option, there is still a lot of research and development that needs to go into refining the technology.

The question of whether thorium works for energy production was answered in 2013, ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Todd Jaquith opines that reports of the demise of atomic energy seem to have been greatly exaggerated. It is true that the glorious nuclear future, as envisioned in mid-century forecasts of the world to come, has not quite materialized as promised. The rise of environmental consciousness and the fears of nuclear fallout have done much to militate against widespread enthusiasm for nuclear energy.

Of course, the high-profile 1986 Chernobyl accident, the poster child for catastrophic nuclear meltdown, together with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear incident (a consequence of the 2011 T... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dr. Conca reports that while everyone has been fixated on Perry shifting DOE away from renewable energy and toward the fossil fuels that he championed during his fourteen years as Governor of Texas, Perry has been busy coming up to speed during the Transition. He now appears to appreciate the DOE role in science, nuclear and global affairs.

This is a good thing, since most of the DOE $30 billion budget goes to maintaining and refurbishing the U.S. nuclear stockpile, impeding global nuclear proliferation, cleaning up nuclear waste, rebuilding our aging nuclear infrastructure, and ove... More →
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Index / Climate Change, Anthropocene & Associated Issues

Eduardo Porter asks if there is a more environmentally conscious state than California? It has been at the forefront of climate policy for decades, from demanding stringent fuel economy and emissions standards to wholeheartedly embracing renewable energy from the sun and wind.

It has fighting words for the incoming Trump administration. We will not deviate from our leadership because of one election, the State Senate leader, Kevin de Leon, told The New York Times. Last fall, the state legislature committed to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions 40% below their 1990 level by 2030. C... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

WNN reports that in June last year (2016), the French regulator (ASN) said it had identified 18 French nuclear power reactors operated by EDF, of both 900 MWe and 1,450 MWe capacity, whose steam generators could contain high carbon concentrations. Of these, 12 are equipped with channel heads manufactured by JCFC liable to contain a particularly high carbon concentration. A high-carbon content in steel can lead to mechanical properties lower than expected.

The nine that can now be restarted are Bugey 4, Dampierre 3, Fessenheim 1, Gravelines 2 and 4, Saint-Laurent B1, and Tricastin 1,... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Stuart Nathan reports that last year, Rolls-Royce announced that it is proposing to develop a SMR capable of producing 220 to 440 MWe depending on its configuration, designed specifically to be built and commissioned in factories, with a reactor module some 16 meters high and 4 meters in diameter, small enough to be transported on a truck, train or barge. Although it included no technical details of the reactor design, its publicity material identifies UK facilities involved in the project that are mostly part of its submarine operations, making it likely that the submarine reactor is the basi... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Henry Spitz opines by asking whether there is a better answer to electricity that is supplied 24-7 than nuclear power? Not coal, which emits more carbon than any other form of energy. Not natural gas, which has a history of price volatility. Not solar and wind power, which are of no use when the sun is not shining and the wind does blow enough. The sun only shines about half the time. Wind turbines generate electricity about half the time.

Nothing else in Ohio provides as much full-time clean energy as the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants. And does it at a price that has b... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Bruce Davidson opines that former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid retirement has breathed new life into plans to store high-level nuclear waste at Nevada Yucca Mountain. The Reid departure is good news for efforts to solve the U.S. nuclear waste storage dilemma ... unless you are among the entrenched Nevada opposition to the Yucca Mountain repository or other anti-nuclear activist groups.

High-level nuclear waste is now stored temporarily at reactor sites around the nation, and reactors continue to produce more waste every year. The revived heartbeat at Yucca Mountain does not me... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

As the peoples of Earth begin to seriously prepare for our first journey to Mars, there has been a flurry of research into novel propulsion methods to help get us there... quicker. One very promising avenue leads to the VASIMR nuclear electric thruster, which opens up the possibility of a journey to the Red Planet in only 40 days. The technology is still in development, and has some key challenges, most notably building a space-capable nuclear reactor to power the engine array, but it seems to be one of the most immediately realizable technologies for fast interplanetary travel.

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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

This Final Environmental Statement was prepared by the staff of the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and issued by the Commission 0ffice of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. This action is administrative.

The proposed action is the issuance of a Source Material License to United Nuclear Corporation for the construction and operation of the proposed Morton Ranch Uranium Mill with a product (yellowcake) production limited to l,008,640 kg (2,400,000 lb) per year.

Summary of environmental impacts and adverse effects includes...

a) impacts to the area du... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

The Croatia of the energy market is, without a doubt, uranium. This metal suffers from many misconceptions because of the fact that it is associated with nuclear threats and radioactive disasters that occurred in Chernobyl because of poor management and incident in Fukushima.

Uranium mining is an industry on the rise, and just like Thailand was a country full of potential but very little practical touristic infrastructure 30 years ago, and today is considered a must-visit destination for beach lovers, uranium will be considered a must-have energy source in our future on this planet... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

David Brown reports in Atlantic that last week, upon leaving the president-elect office, Douglas Brinkley, a historian and conservationist, reported that Trump was very interested in a man going to the moon.

The principal arguments for a moon base involve mines and building fuel depots. Though the moon lacks the resources to ever be truly self-sustaining (?), it only takes a few days to reach from Earth. If the U.S. decides that the goal of human spaceflight should be to gather resources, the moon and its quarry of helium-3 will be a compelling target. The isotope is extremely rare ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Maria Korsnick CEO of NEI reports that small modular reactors and new large reactor designs represent a major component of our future energy infrastructure. The NEI will work with the new Congress and the White House to increase funding to develop them. The potential for SMRs in the energy market, both here in the U.S. and abroad, is tremendous.

In the U.S., small reactor designs could be used to replace retiring, fossil-fueled power plants that will not meet federal clean air requirements. Small reactors also provide a clean electricity option capable of providing the necessary op... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Bennett Hall reports that nearly a decade after setting up shop to commercialize technology developed at Oregon State University, NuScale Power has become the first company to submit a design certification application for a small modular reactor (SMR) to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The company, a Fluor Corp. subsidiary which is headquartered in Portland and employs hundreds of people in Corvallis, filed the application on Thursday and announced the milestone during a press conference in Washington, D.C.

John Hopkins, a former Fluor executive who championed the... More →
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