NASA has developed a nuclear-powered drone known as Dragonfly for a mission to Saturn's largest moon, Titan, starting in 2026. The drone is expected to take photos and sample the moon's surface.
A climate change initiative that allocates just 5% of $20 billion to nuclear would be enough money to fund a pilot nuclear plant in the US, said philanthropist Bill Gates, who has backed tech companies developing nuclear projects. Without nuclear energy, managing climate change will be difficult, Gates said.
Nuclear power is a key part of Duke Energy's strategy to produce no carbon emissions by 2050, even as the company's nuclear power plant licenses are set to expire between 2030 and 2046.
John Dinelli is succeeding Rich Anderson as site vice president at Entergy Nuclear's Arkansas Nuclear One power plant. Sergio Vazquez will transition from general manager to senior vice president at the company's Waterford plant, and Matt Lewis will succeed Vazquez as general manager.
Westinghouse is discussing the construction of a small modular reactor with French utility EDF and the country's nuclear state agency, CEA. The 300- to 400-megawatt pressurized water reactor could be built in a factory before 2030.
Researchers are developing plans for smaller modular reactors to replace aging facilities that are expensive to maintain. "We see this as a competition with Russian and Chinese state-owned enterprises who don't have the same commitment to safe operation that the United States does," says Chris Colbert, chief strategy officer at NuScale Power, which has an SMR design.
Welding problems discovered at six nuclear reactors in France do not warrant closing the facilities, said French utility EDF. France's nuclear regulator is investigating.
The US will require Saudi Arabia to agree to snap inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency before agreeing to help the country develop nuclear technology, says US Energy Secretary Rick Perry. Saudi Arabia is in early talks on building two nuclear reactors.
Nuclear energy's perception is changing with the Clean Energy Ministerial listing nuclear as a clean energy source for the first time, writes Katie Tubb of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies. Nuclear is efficient for its physical footprint and doesn't depend on the weather, Tubb writes.
Nuclear power plant owners should provide financial resources to citizen panels overseeing the decommissioning of power plants, Vermont officials said at a Nuclear Regulatory Commission public hearing. The panels need local residents to serve, as well as resources that shouldn't come from "ratepayers or taxpayers of Vermont," said June Tierney, commissioner of the state Department of Public Service and former chair of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel.
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