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Index / Solar Energy / Economics
William Pentland reports that the Tesla new storage batteries will not put your local utility out of business anytime soon. That was the take away from the Elon Musk keynote address yesterday at Edison Electric Institute annual convention in New Orleans.

Industrial-scale batteries designed for peak shaving are projected to account for upwards of 90% of all Tesla battery sales, according to Musk. Rather than hurting utilities, this should help them, according to Musk. Batteries can be used to shift load, reducing peak demand.

Of course, I never worried about the Tesla bat... More →
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Index / Solar Energy / Economics
Dr. Conca reports that the Brattle Group, with support from the Edison Electric Institute, just released a study concluding that utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the U.S. are more cost effective than residential-scale (rooftop) PV systems in achieving the economic and policy benefits we all expect to come from the widespread use of solar energy. But it may not be that simple and depends on what goal you have as a user.

The study was commissioned by First Solar, one of the largest solar companies in America. Titled Comparative Generation Costs of Utility-Scale and Res... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry
The Cantor uranium spot-price predictions for the next three years remain the same - US$50 in 2016, US$60 in 2017 and US$70 in 2018. According to Rob Chang, his firm confidence is rooted in uncovered requirements. Essentially, utilities will eventually have to start buying as reactors cannot operate without uranium. At some point, someone is going to have to jump in and buy and others will do the same, the spot market is so thin that it will show. Just like last year, when a few buyers came in it went from US$28 to the US$40 range really quickly, he said.

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Index / Mining & Minerals / Rare Earth Exploration, Mining, and Processing
Pele Mountain Resources Inc. today provided an update regarding the escalating dislocations in the rare earth industry and resulting implications for Pele monazite processing strategy. In 2014, Pele expanded its business model to include the sustainable development of a low-cost, early-to-market, rare earth processing center in Elliot Lake, Ontario, at the site of its Eco Ridge Mine Rare Earth and Uranium Project.

Pele President Al Shefsky stated that after advancing Eco Ridge for several years, he realized more than a year ago that the already difficult capital markets were becomin... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry
Charles Frank reports that as the science on climate change and its impacts on the global economy become clearer and more urgent, governments are increasingly looking for ways to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The largest source of these emissions comes from the combustion of fossil fuels including coal, oil and natural gas to produce electricity, an effort that in 2012 made up about 40 percent of emissions globally and 32 percent in the United States. More and more, countries are seeking to lower emissions in the electricity sector by turning to low and no-carbon generation options. H... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry
WNN reports that Kyushu Electric Power Company plans to apply to regulators for the final applied safety inspection of Sendai 1 on 3 August. This check is expected to take one week, making 10 August a potential start-up date.

The Sendai 1 nuclear power reactor is being readied for restart with fuel already loaded, and tests on main systems underway. Sendai 1 should become the first Japanese reactor to generate power in almost two years. The company technical and operational plans and procedures have been approved by the Nuclear Regualtory Authority (NRA), which then checked that the... More →
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Index / Renewable Energy (Other Energy Resources) / Economics
Julian Spector reports that it might be technically feasible, but that does not mean it is the best plan to pursue. But it is not clear that a U.S. energy grid based on 100 percent renewables is the best way to achieve a zero-carbon future. On the contrary, there is a strong environmentalist case for approaching that goal with caution. Limiting a zero-carbon future to wind, water, and solar means greater costs of storing this energy, discarding other existing zero-carbon sources like nuclear, and generally blanketing the earth with panels and turbines as a means to save it, plus likely greater... More →
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Index / Health & Safety - Travel, Mining, Environmental
The students of Earth to Sky Calculus recently flew across the U.S. to conduct a transcontinental launch of space weather balloons. They took radiation sensors on board the plane to find out how many cosmic rays they would absorb during the flight.
As expected, radiation levels in the cabin of the Airbus 319 (Spirit Airlines FL640) tripled within ten minutes after takeoff, and were nearly 30 times ground level by the time the plane reached cruising altitude at 39,000 feet. Summing over the entire 4-hour flight, the sensors measured about 1 mrem of radiation - similar to that of a dental... More →
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Index / Geothermal Energy / Exploration
Dr. Jeff Karson, Syracuse University Professor of Earth Science, spoke in a featured presentation at the Houston Geological Society 2015 Guest Night June 6. Karson discusses the geology of seafloor spreading centers and intrusion of basalt into the mid ocean rifts.

Dr. Karson is an author on a new 2015 book Discovering the Deep: An Photographic Atlas of the Seafloor and Ocean Crust just published by Cambridge Press.
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Index / Astrogeology, Asteroids, Impact Studies, UFOs
Giuseppe Petricca reports that the Moon, lit around the phase of 66% is elaborated in two different views. The first one is the classic in grayscale, to enhance all the surface details that I managed to capture with my DLSR camera, then another one in over color saturation, to show the different composition of the lunar soil.

The areas that emerge in a strong blue color (mostly in the Maria regions) are areas rich in Titanium, proof of ancient lava flows, and those contain more titanium in contrast to the Maria orange regions, that are poorer of this material.

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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry
Katie Fehrenbacher reports that a growing number of nuclear startups are trying to solve the world most pressing problem. But a recent disturbing report predicts that despite a colossal number of new solar panels and wind turbines over the next quarter century, the planet will still face dangerous rising temperatures. Basically, even if these widely embraced clean energy technologies are put on overdrive, we are still probably in trouble, climate-wise.

The report was understandably bearish on big growth in nuclear power. Following the tragic earthquake and accompanying damage to the... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry
Doug McCuistion emphasizes that nuclear energy has been an indispensable part of the energy generation mix in the U.S. for over half a century. Currently, 99 nuclear reactors generate approximately 20 percent of U.S. electricity and more than 60 percent as so-called clean energy. And according to a recent report from Nuclear Matters and The Brattle Group, these reactors contribute $60 billion annually to U.S. GDP, while supporting 475,000 full-time jobs and avoiding 573 million tons of carbon dioxide each year. These avoided emissions have been a key contributor to the significant improvements... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals / Rare Earth Exploration, Mining, and Processing
Commerce Resources drill results from the recently completed winter - spring drill program at the Ashram Rare Earth Deposit located in northern Quebec has intersected the strongest heavy-rare earth element mineralization to date from the project.

Highlights are as follows:

31.96 m of 1.65% TREO (304 ppm Dy oxide) at 18.5% MH-T in EC15-133, including 18.08 m of 1.49% TREO (359 ppm Dy oxide) at 23.5% MH-T
77.90 m of 1.68% TREO at 11.8% MH-T (174 ppm Dy oxide) in EC15-134
51.34 m of 2.46% TREO in EC15-134

The primary goal of the drill program was to incr... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals / Rare Earth Exploration, Mining, and Processing
Teresa Matich reports that it has been an interesting year for the rare earths industry so far, with a number of big changes hitting the market. From rare earths tax and tariff changes being enacted in China to Molycorp declaration of bankruptcy in June, there has been plenty for rare earths investors to watch and digest over the first half of the year.

Castilloux opines on where he sees prices heading in 2015 and beyond, and about what rare earths investors should be watching in light of recent changes in China. Castilloux discusses in Part 2 the Molycorp bankruptcy, the future of ... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals / Rare Earth Exploration, Mining, and Processing
Jack Lifton opines that in 2007 he represented SQA, the second largest producer of lithium from brines, to the U.S. OEM automotive industry. And the last meeting he attended between GM and SQA was what he called a teachable moment for the case of recycling lithium-ion batteries for automotive propulsion systems.

He never for a moment, his says, believed in 2007 that General Motors had an interest in buying lithium carbonate from SQA for its (GM) own use, but he knew that the then purchasing director of the corporation had an interest in buying commodity metals and chemicals and then... More →
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Index / Conventional Oil & Gas Resources / Economics
Richard Martin reports that environmental groups won a major victory in California in late June when the group proposing a 600-megawatt natural-gas-fired power plant near Avenal said it would abandon the project. Slated to cost nearly $2 billion, the Avenal plant was the subject of a dozen years of controversy and legal wrangling, and last year a federal appeals court vacated environmental approvals for the project.

For the Sierra Club and other groups attempting to block all new fossil-fuel plants in the United States, the decision to abandon Avenal came as a signal - the tactics t... More →
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Index / Climate Change and Associated Issues
Richard Martin reports that this years edition of the State of the Climate Report came out this week from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the news is not good. As expected, 2014 was the warmest year in recorded history. Global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide reached an average of 397.2 parts per million for the year, just below the 400-parts-per-million threshold considered by many the point beyond which disaster lies. Note 400 has been reached in 2015. Sea surface temperatures are higher than ever, and average sea levels rose to a record high. Summer snow... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Other, RTGs, Thorium, Helium-3 and Fusion Research
Glenn Fleishman reports that most spacecraft, including satellites and some Mars landers, rely on solar panels, but for rugged and complex outings like the Mars Curiosity rover mission and extremely long-term flights like the one that just took New Horizons by Pluto and its moons, only power extracted from radioactive sources can provide enough amperage and wattage.

NASA uses radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs), a clever combination of material once extracted from the by-products of nuclear weapons and a 200-year-old technique for converting differences in temperature into... More →
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Index / Education, Jobs, and Future Employment Issues / Non-Science Issues
Mick Cullen opines that he has had so many conversations or email exchanges with students in the last few years wherein he angers them by indicating that they are simply saying, This is my opinion does not preclude a connected statement from being dead wrong. It still baffles me that some feel those four words somehow give them carte blanche to spout batshit oratory or prose. And it really scares me that some of those students think education that challenges their ideas is equivalent to an attack on their beliefs.

Jef Rouner also opines that he spends far more time arguing on the In... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry
Simon Evans reports that nuclear power used for generating electricity in populated areas still has a potential future in Australia. With the arrival of domestic battery storage, this will give renewable energy such as wind and solar a competitive edge in the outback and very remote regions of Australia.

According to the Royal Commissioner investigating the nuclear industry for the South Australian government, Kevin Scarce, says that an Australian nuclear industry can be future-proofed against the potentially massive changes coming to the energy sector.

Mr. Scarce has ... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals
Stephen Hume reports that it is time for some sober second thoughts to just how much we rely on the minerals from the earth and what we can reasonably do to mitigate the consequences of our own appetites.

Hume infers that the public could no longer use the family car or the transit pass, and one may bike to work instead and feeling somewhat righteous about helping British Columbia, for example, wean itself from its addiction to the mining industry and the minerals it extracts. And say good bye to the coal miner for the privilege. And do not forget the hardrock miner not to mention t... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry
Mori Kessler reports that as cities seek viable alternatives to coal-fueled power generation, one alternative being explored and invested in by Washington City, Utah is nuclear power. During a meeting Wednesday night, the City Council approved an agreement with the Carbon Free Power Project that will provide funds toward identifying potential sites for a nuclear power plant.

The Carbon Free Power Project is focused around the future use of small modular nuclear reactors being developed by Oregon-based NuScale Power. The compact reactors are anticipated to generate around 50 megawatt... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions
Tom Zoellner reports that the birthplace of the Bomb has been forgotten by the outside world, but not by everyone. Teams of Congolese miners kept slipping inside the old pit to dig out residual supplies of copper and cobalt, which they sell on the black market. Zoellner said that there have been persistent rumors, and some occasional instances, of local businessmen selling uranium to outside parties. There is also evidence that some of the Shinkolobwe uranium has found its way into Iranian centrifuges, though this remains publicly unconfirmed by Western intelligence agencies.

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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry
Seaking Alpha editors report that the price of uranium recovered significantly the last couple of months, but despite the improvement in price, stock prices of almost every uranium-related company have been declining or lagging behind. So what is going on?

First of all, they discuss Japan. Japan was hit by a tsunami in 2011, and this brought along terrible consequences for the nuclear industry as a whole. In order to prevent a meltdown, like the one we saw at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant four years ago, government officials responded by closing all of Japan 48 usable reactor... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions
India plan for a strategic uranium reserve received a shot in the arm with a joint research team of the city-headquartered Atomic Minerals Directorate (AMD) and Osmania University discovering significant quantity of uranium reserves in the Srisailam forests.

The AMD-OU team carried out research in an area spread over 45 sq km around Srisailam sub-basin of Kadapa super basin in Andhra Pradesh. A part of the Kadapa super basin extends over to Telangana state. The team zeroed in on Chennakesavula Gutta and Padra villages using the latest equipment to detect the precious radioactive el... More →
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