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Mon, Sep 14, 2020

Innovation in Nuclear Energy Technologies: Implications for US National Defense

The US Department of Defense (DOD) has the potential to play a significant role bringing advanced reactor technology to demonstration and, ultimately, commercialization. Possible US military applications of advanced reactors—especially micro nuclear reactors (MNRs)—include deployment to remote bases that are challenging to supply with fuel; power systems for directed-energy weapons; and nuclear energy systems for space flight and off-world bases. This issue brief explores the challenges and opportunities inherent in DOD’s procurement of MNRs.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Dr. Robert F. Ichord, Jr. and Dr. Jennifer T. Gordon

Defense Technologies Energy & Environment

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Thu, Oct 29, 2020

Strengthening global safeguards and security in an advanced nuclear age

Online Event The Atlantic Council and Third Way co-host a virtual event on the global market for advanced nuclear technologies and the safeguards and security mechanisms critical to ensuring US reactors are ready to compete.

1:00pm Energy & Environment Nuclear Energy Nuclear Nonproliferation United States and Canada

Fri, Aug 21, 2020

EnergySource Innovation Stream with Oklo Inc.: The future of fast fission

Public Event ONLINE EVENT – Caroline Cochran, co-founder and chief operating officer of Oklo, discusses Oklo’s community-scale micro nuclear reactor and the commercialization of advanced nuclear technologies.

12:00pm ONLINE EVENT Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment Energy Transitions Nuclear Energy

Wed, May 20, 2020

EnergySource Innovation Stream: Advanced nuclear technologies

Public Event ONLINE EVENT – Dr. Jose Reyes, chief technology officer and co-founder of NuScale Power, discusses the latest advancements in small modular reactor (SMR) design, commercialization, and deployment.

4:00pm ONLINE EVENT Energy & Environment Energy Transitions Nuclear Energy

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Wed, Dec 9, 2020

The American Nuclear Infrastructure Act provides bipartisan support for nuclear innovation in the United States

The American Nuclear Infrastructure Act serves as an encouraging step towards greater US nuclear competitiveness on the global stage. This piece of legislation bolsters the current fleet of nuclear plants, saves and creates US jobs, promotes the development of advanced nuclear technologies, and rebuilds the US high-tech export economy. Forward-thinking and bipartisan, the law has garnered support from both Democrats and Republicans and aligns with the incoming Biden-Harris Administration's climate policy goals.

EnergySource by Amy C. Roma

Energy & Environment Nuclear Energy

Mon, Nov 30, 2020

Japan’s nuclear reactor fleet: The geopolitical and climate implications of accelerated decommissioning

Atlantic Council Global Energy Center senior fellow Dr. Phyllis Yoshida discusses the unintended consequences of Japan's decision to decommission part of its nuclear reactor fleet in her new report.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Phyllis Yoshida

Energy & Environment Geopolitics & Energy Security

Sat, Nov 7, 2020

Nuclear energy policy represents a bipartisan path forward on climate for the Biden Administration

With former Vice President Joe Biden now the President-elect of the United States, enthusiasm on the left is tempered by the likelihood that Republicans will keep the Senate. However, while the full scope of Democratic policies may not be realized by the next Congress, legislation that encourages the rapid deployment of nuclear energy technology represents an area where Democrats and Republicans can continue to work together—as they have over the last four years—on advancing technologies with the potential to decarbonize power systems at home and abroad.

EnergySource by Jennifer T. Gordon

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions

Wed, Oct 7, 2020

Strengthening cooperation with allies could help the United States lead in exporting carbon-free nuclear energy

Driven in part by concerns over climate change, nuclear energy is receiving renewed attention. In order for the United States to meet growing international demand for nuclear reactors—rather than ceding the mantle of global exports to Russia and China—the United States will need to increase coordination with its allies in commercializing advanced reactors and streamlining relevant interagency processes.

EnergySource by Matt Bowen, Jennifer T. Gordon, Jackie Kempfer

Energy & Environment Geopolitics & Energy Security

Mon, Sep 14, 2020

Innovation in Nuclear Energy Technologies: Implications for US National Defense

The US Department of Defense (DOD) has the potential to play a significant role bringing advanced reactor technology to demonstration and, ultimately, commercialization. Possible US military applications of advanced reactors—especially micro nuclear reactors (MNRs)—include deployment to remote bases that are challenging to supply with fuel; power systems for directed-energy weapons; and nuclear energy systems for space flight and off-world bases. This issue brief explores the challenges and opportunities inherent in DOD’s procurement of MNRs.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Dr. Robert F. Ichord, Jr. and Dr. Jennifer T. Gordon

Defense Technologies Energy & Environment

Mon, Aug 31, 2020

Nuclear cooperation can bolster US-Slovenia ties

Nuclear energy will be essential to meeting Slovenia’s climate neutrality goals and strengthening the country’s energy self-sufficiency. Increased US-Slovenia cooperation on nuclear development will bolster transatlantic ties and ensure safe and transparent nuclear plant operations.

EnergySource by Olga Khakova

Energy Transitions Europe & Eurasia

Fri, Aug 7, 2020

Cohen in Forbes: ITER, The World’s Largest Nuclear Fusion Project: A Big Step Forward

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Sat, Aug 1, 2020

Azodi quoted in The New York Times on Iran’s foreign policy

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Fri, Jul 24, 2020

Searching for the missing link: Options for firm zero-carbon power

“Firm” zero-carbon generation resources, which are not necessarily intended to run all the time, but can be available at any time, will be needed to complement renewable resources in the future, without emitting the CO2 produced by today’s fossil energy system. These resources might include, for example, fossil-fuel power plants with carbon capture, nuclear power plants with improved dispatchability, geothermal power, and bio-fueled generators. But the path to developing, and certainly deploying, such resources has been slower and more fraught than for renewables; these “firm” electricity generation resources represent a missing link in the path towards a decarbonized electricity grid.

EnergySource by Stephen Greene

Energy & Environment Nuclear Energy

Wed, Jun 17, 2020

Innovation can break the gridlock on nuclear waste

Innovation has always been a key tenet of the nuclear power industry. With scientific consensus building that nuclear power must play a significant role in mitigating climate change, there has been renewed focus on fuel design and fuel cycle research to support the next generation of nuclear technology. This attention also creates an opportunity to reinvigorate innovation on back-end technologies that may prove to be the key to circumventing the longtime political impasse on nuclear waste.

EnergySource by Michelle Brechtelsbauer

Energy & Environment Nuclear Energy
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