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Nuclear Power


Directory of Nuclear technologies and resources.

While traditional nuclear technology is not considered "renewable", both because its fuel is ultimately limited and because its by-products are dangerous and super-long-lasting pollutants (radiation), there are some new nuclear technologies being developed that would be much less so.

See also:

News:Nuclear
Directory:Nuclear Remediation

Contents

Overviews

      "The idea of obtaining motive energy from atoms or change of elements is unscientific and illusionary and cannot be condemned too emphatically." -- Nikola Tesla ("Our future motive power"; Everyday Science and Mechanics; Dec. 1931) <<The visionary certainly missed on that one.>>
  • Nuclear > Overview >
    Nuclear power to the stars - To send spacecraft to other stars in the space of a human lifetime, new methods of propulsion are going to be needed to provide the necessary ‘oomph’ to break free of our Solar System. Currently the best bet is nuclear fusion power, but there’s a problem – it hasn’t even been shown to be a commercially viable source of energy on Earth yet. [Doesn't mention cf.] (AstronomyNow; October 1, 2011)
  • Is Nuclear Power Safe? - The Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant in Japan discharged approximately 350 gallons of radioactive water into the sea Wednesday after an earthquake shook the Japanese town, 160 miles northwest of Tokyo. 355-page report reviews global nuclear power outlook and opportunities. (Energy Business Reports; July 18, 2007)

Featured

Top 100:

  • Cold Fusion (index page) - Also known as Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR), or Chemically Assisted Nuclear Reactions (CANR), has had hundreds of replications. The difficulty has been in producing worth-while yield reliably.

Top 100:

  • Colliding Plasma Toroid Clean-Energy Breakthrough - Plasma Toroid technology by EPS remains stable without magnetic confinement, by using low-level background gas pressure. Could provide non-polluting electricity and heat for homes, as well as motive power for vehicles and aircraft, at a fraction of the cost of conventional energy generation. (PESN; March 8, 2006)

Technologies

  • TR10: Traveling-Wave Reactor - The traveling-wave reactor is noteworthy for having come from something that barely exists in the nuclear industry: a privately funded research company at Intellectual Ventures. (Technology Review; March/April 2009)
  • Hortong Electron Orbit Energy Generator - HORTONG (E=mc2) is a new process of transformation of energy with allegedly no need to use radioactive material to obtain the loosening of energy of the orbit of the electron. (PESWiki; Mar. 28, 2006)
  • Toshiba Builds Household Nuclear Fusion Reactor - Toshiba has developed a new class of nuclear reactor 100 times smaller than a standard reactor. These micro sized nuclear reactors could be used to power large houses, apartment blocks or some city blocks.
  • Arie M. De Geus' AMDG Scientific Corp - The late Mr. DeGeus discovered novel energy generating technologies, all of which feature ‘over-unity’ energy production, relating to fractional hydrogen, low-energy nuclear transmutations, electrodynamics, torsion fields and electro-gravitics.
  • D2Fusion, Inc. - Company expects to bring cold fusion technology to market as early as Summer, 2007; first in the form of some kind of home heater technology, then with electrical generators for homes.
  • Electron Power Systems™ (EPS) - Toroid plasma technology that remains stable without magnetic confinement, by using background gas pressure for confinement instead, could provide clean, non-polluting energy technology at one-tenth the cost of present energy generation.
  • Focus Fusion - Lawrenceville Plasma Physics is currently researching and developing the Plasma Focus Device for hydrogen-boron nuclear fusion. Focus Fusion is projected to be a safe, clean, easy, reliable energy solution that could provide electricity at a few tenths of a cent per kilowatt-hour.
  • Blacklight Power - New field of novel hydrogen chemistry; inventor of a new method: the BlackLight Process, which generates light, power, plasma, and a vast class of new compositions of matter.
  • Hot Balls Chemical Nuclear Reaction - "While working as an engineer at the Idaho National Engineering Lab (INEL) for a private contractor, we invented Hot Balls that would heat to 450 degrees." Previous work regarding petroleum cracking with catalysts are listed as well as supply sources for steel balls and the catalysts.

Ball Lightning

See Directory:Ball Lightning - separate page

Beta Voltaics

See Directory:Beta Voltaics - separate page

Cold Fusion

See Directory:Cold Fusion - separate page

Fission

  • Nuclear > Fission >
    Texas A&M Physicist Pursues Green Nuclear Power Technology - According to Peter McIntyre, two of America's most pressing energy challenges - what to do with radiotoxic spent nuclear fuel and dwindling energy resources - can be solved by a technology that is capable of both destroying the dangerous waste and, at the same time, potentially providing safe nuclear power for thousands of years into the future. (PureEnergyBlog; March 5, 2013)
  • Nuclear >
    Good energy comes in small packages: Taylor Wilson at TED2013 - Just graduating from high school, Wilson has invented Small Modular Fission Reactors. These reactors are small, meaning that they can be built in factories and shipped wherever they need to go. They are installed three meters underground — making them far safer from a counterterrorism standpoint than something above ground. (PureEnergyBlog; March 2, 2013)

Fusion

See Directory:Fusion - separate page

Noble Gas Engines

See Directory:Noble_Gas_Engines - separate page

Plasma

See Directory:Plasma - separate page

Remediation

See Directory:Nuclear Remediation - separate page

Resonant Nuclear Reactor

See Directory:Resonant Nuclear Reactor - separate page

Research & Development

  • Nuclear >
    Solve for X: Charles Chase on Practical, Conventional Fusion - Solution: A 100MW compact fusion reactor that runs on plentiful and cheap deuterium and tritium (isotopes of hydrogen). Breakthrough technology: Charles Chase and his team at Lockheed have developed a high beta configuration, which allows a compact reactor design and speedier development timeline (5 years instead of 30). (PureEnergyBlog; March 2, 2013)
  • Nuclear / ZPE > Wingate Lambertson >
    Remembering energy inventor Dr. Lambertson - The late Wingate Lambertson, Ph.D., a nuclear scientist of Florida, was able to light a row of lamps in his garage using what he says is electricity taken from the energy of space, via his "cermet" material arranged in an "E-dam" through a process he called World Into Neutrinos (WIN). A dream he was given said the technology would emerge to the world in 2018. (Changing Power; July 13, 2010)
  • Darpa’s Handheld Nuclear Fusion Reactor - The Chip-Scale High Energy Atomic Beams project had a budget of just $3 million, and rather shorter timescales. The plans for fiscal year 2009 include: “Develop 0.5 MeV [mega electron-volt] proton beams and collide onto microscale B-11 target with a fusion Q (energy ratio) > 20, possibly leading to self-sustained fusion. Darpa's objective is to to produce “handheld power sources.” (Wired; July 6, 2009)
  • A Preassembled Nuclear Reactor - A US company, Babcock and Wilcox, that has that has made nuclear reactors for the United States Navy ships for about 50 years, has designed a nuclear reactor that can be manufactured in a factory and shipped by rail rather than built at a power plant, thus cutting construction times for nuclear power plants almost in half and make them cheaper to build. Expected by 2018. (MIT Technology Review; June 16, 2009)
  • Reactors for the Middle East - Novel designs for nuclear reactors, being drawn up by researchers at MIT and a new research institute in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), could decrease the risk that nuclear fuel could be diverted for use in nuclear weapons. (Technology Review; Oct. 22, 2008)
  • Green Atoms - Bob Dratch proposes using Thorium as a clean, non-polluting, non-nuclear-weapons-creation source and replacement for Uranium in power reactors.Powerpoint Presentation
  • Nanomaterial turns radiation directly into electricity - It will be at least a decade before final designs of the radiation-to-electricity concept are built, but carbon nanotubes packed with gold and surrounded by lithium hydride are hit with radioactive particles that slam into the gold, pushing out a shower of high-energy electrons, allowing current to flow. (New Scientist; March 27, 2008)
  • Mirror particles form new matter: Di-positron - A US team has created thousands of the molecules by merging electrons with their antimatter equivalent: positrons. There is a huge interest in the technology from the military as well as energy researchers who believe the lasers could be used to kick-start nuclear fusion in a reactor. (BBC News; Sept. 12, 2007)
  • Nuclear > Floating Nuclear Power Station - World's first, to be built by Russians, said to cost only $200,000 [slave labor? typo? (missing a few zeros?)]. The plant, slated for construction in 2006, will be equipped with two power units using KLT-40S reactors producing power at around 5 or 6 cents/kW-h. Will also be able to supply heat and desalinate seawater. (Slashdot; Sept. 10, 2005)
  • Iran using biotechnology to extract purer uranium - Says bacteria makes the production of yellowcake 100 to 200 times cheaper. Yellowcake is a part of the early stages of the nuclear fuel cycle -- a process that Iran insists it only wants to master so it can generate electricity. (PhysOrg; Aug. 29, 2005)

Government and Politics

  • Nuclear >
    Swedish man caught trying to split atoms at home - A Swedish man was arrested after trying to split atoms as a hobby in his kitchen. 31-year-old Richard Handl told the AP that he had the radioactive elements radium, americium and uranium in his apartment. He had told a blog he had tried for months to set up a nuclear reactor at home, describing how he created a small meltdown on his stove. (AP; August 3, 2011)
  • Suppression >
    The 1 and only solution to America's energy problem - There are no resource limitations, technological limitations or geopolitical reasons for the current energy shortages and high prices. These shortages and prices are solely the result of taxation, regulation and litigation that have stifled American energy-producing industries. (WorldNetDaily; Aug. 27, 2008)
  • Featured / Best Exotic FE: Nuclear > Fusion > Focus Fusion >
    Fission Tragedy Could be Averted - The communications industry pumps 25% of their revenue back into research. The result? Slim iPhones and androids and many amazing communications wonders. Meanwhile, we starve energy research for funds with just 0.3% of the energy budget going to R&D, and wring our hands over oil spills and meltdowns. (PESN and BeforeItsNews; March 15, 2011)

Pro-Nuclear Press

  • The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) The policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry and participates in both the national and global policy-making process.
  • Nuclear Energy: A Bitter Pill to Alleviate Global Warming? - Some prominent environmentalists--as well as Senators McCain and Lieberman, who back legislation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions--are supporting further development of nuclear power to serve as an emission-free bridge to an economy based entirely on renewable energy. (Environmental Magazine.com; May 25)

Drawbacks

See also Directory:Nuclear_Meltdown


  • Nuclear > Drawbacks >
    Millions of Jellyfish Invade Nuclear Reactors in Japan, Israel (photos) - A nuclear reactor in Japan was forced to shut down due to infiltration of enormous swarms of jellyfish near the power plant. A similar incident was also reported recently in Israel when millions of jellyfish clogged down the sea-water cooling system of a power plant located there. (International Business Times; July 9, 2011)
  • Nuclear >
    Germany is shutting down its nuclear program. Do you agree with the decision? - Germany said it would close all of its 17 nuclear reactors by 2022, a sharp policy reversal that will make it the first major economy to quit atomic power in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan. What do you think? Are safe, sustainable alternative forms of energy ready to fuel the needs of the industrialized world? (Wall Street Journal; June 2, 2011)
  • Best Exotic FE: Nuclear > Cold Fusion > Rossi >
    No fear of radiation from cold fusion - Today’s nuclear fission reactors are more than a poor choice for a primary energy source because of the growing risk of contamination by radioactive materials. Humans are not ready to take the responsibility for disaster that could last for geological time.... Why go down this path when there exists an alternative ultra-clean nuclear power? Low-energy nuclear reactions LENR.... (Cold Fusion Now; April 3, 2011)
  • Nuclear > Cold Fusion >
    Dangers of nuclear fission plants exposed; stand in contrast to cold fusion - How do you prepare any large-scale power facility for that kind of geological event? The short answer is, you don’t. These events have been statistically rare enough that design costs outweigh the remote probability of an extreme event. "We conclude that fission nuclear power plants are not safe or cost-effective, especially when the ultra-clean alternative of cold fusion exists." (Cold Fusion Now; March 16, 2011)
"As I have pointed out ... the mining of uranium is far worse a problem than the use in a reactor. I am not voting because I don't believe this kind of approach should be on our site at all. In Northern Ontario Canada where I used to live the mine tailings which represent a ground up mountain are left in piles where the rain washes the non-uranium but highly radioactive materials like radium down into the ground water. Extreme pollution exists along the snake river near Blind River Ontario. There are radiation signs along the river every 20 feet. This area is seriously polluted and will remain so for hundreds of thousands if not millions of years.
Nuclear power trades extreme local pollution for clean power elsewhere.
It is not a viable solution at all." -- Ian Soutar
  • Will CERN's Large Hadron Collider Destroy the Planet and More? - The particle accelerator set to begin experimentation this summer is now the subject of a lawsuit that alleges that "compression of the two atoms colliding together at nearly light speed will cause an irreversible implosion, forming a miniature version of a giant black hole." (PESWiki; April 3, 2008)
  • The Rush To Patent the Atomic Bomb - It seems the pile of patents were filed to give the U.S. government an essential monopoly on the burgeoning nuclear industry and protect it against others who might patent similar technologies later. (NPR; Mar. 28, 2008)
  • An Achilles’ Heel for Nuclear Energy? {article near end of page} - Just as the world is considering moving back to nuclear energy in a big way, the industry may be facing a fuel shortage. "Thorium, which is more abundant than uranium, can be bred into fissile U233 and should take care of things till the sun goes out." (The New American; March 30)
  • Atomic Power Creates More CO2 Emissions than Natural Gas Plants? - Atomic power stations do not emit CO2 themselves, but the processes involved in creating atomic energy do: including mining, milling, uranium enrichment, atomic fuel production, power station construction and operation, storage and reprocessing of spent fuel, long-term management of radioactive waste and closing down old power stations. (Alt-Energy-Blog; July 5, 2005)
  • Huge radioactive leak closes Thorp nuclear plant - About 20 tonnes of uranium and plutonium fuel dissolved in concentrated nitric acid, enough to half fill an Olympic-size swimming pool, has leaked through a fractured pipe into a huge stainless steel chamber, forcing the closure of Sellafield's Thorp £2.1bn reprocessing plant. (Guardian.uk; May 9, 2005) (Thanks Aerielle Louise)
  • Japan Shuts Research Nuclear Reactor after Glitch - A Japanese research nuclear reactor was shut down on Friday due to a malfunction, but there was no radiation leak to the outside environment and no workers were affected. (Reuters; June 14, 2005)

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  • Nuclear Benefits? v Pure Energy - How green is atomic power? The 1950's "Atoms For Peace" program, plugged by President Eisenhower, asserted that nuclear energy could be used for anything from growing crops to powering your kitchen. Uh...look where that got us! (PES Network Video at YouTube; Sept. 17, 2007)

Cleanup

  • Pearls Before Slime Cleaning Uranium Waste with Bacteria - U.S. researchers have discovered that some common bacteria (Shewanella) can convert deadly heavy metal into less threatening nano-spheres; and that these bacteria can convert soluble radioactive uranium into a non-toxic solid form called uraninite. (Pacific Northwest National Laboratories; August 7) (See Slashdot discussion)

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