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EnergySourceSep 28, 2021
The VTR will play a key role in the nuclear energy innovation ecosystem
By Suzanne Baker, Jennifer T. Gordon, Judi Greenwald, and Jackie Toth
Next-generation nuclear technologies hold the potential to bring US-led zero-carbon energy to international markets. But their development will be stymied without government support for the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR), whose budget was recently zeroed out. Congress still has opportunities to provide sufficient funding, and it must act on them.
EnergySourceJul 22, 2021
Expanding nuclear energy to the Arctic: The potential of small modular reactors
By Julia Nesheiwat
As Arctic communities look to reduce reliance on diesel generators for electricity production, small modular reactors are becoming an increasingly attractive option. Collaboration between governments, private companies, and civil society organizations is crucial to ensure the successful development and deployment of safe, transportable, microreactors for remote areas.
EnergySourceJun 28, 2021
Climate change, energy security, and international nuclear energy: Competition in the Czech Republic
By Robert F. Ichord, Jr.
Recent reports of Russian intelligence operations in the Czech Republic in 2014 have escalated tensions between the two countries, directly affecting the Czech government’s plans for the future development of its nuclear sector. In light of this changing dynamic, President Biden should work to support Czech energy security and act to weaken Russia’s position in Central and Eastern European nuclear power markets.
EnergySourceMar 12, 2021
These three baseload technologies are critical to achieving zero-carbon electric vehicles
By Bryant Jones
As electricity demand swells as the electric vehicle market grows, it is unlikely that short-term battery storage, intermittent renewables, and efficiency improvements alone can provide all of the necessary electrons. These technologies need to be paired with distributed, zero-carbon baseload capacity, and the debate about what technologies can meet anticipated demand is just beginning. Cue geothermal, hydroelectric, and nuclear power.
EnergySourceMar 10, 2021
The pandemic and electricity transformation in the United States and the European Union: Developments in 2020
By Robert F. Ichord, Jr.
Electricity sector developments in 2020 demonstrated the key role of renewables and nuclear power in achieving President Biden’s goal of realizing “a carbon pollution-free electricity sector by 2035” and the EU’s target of 55 percent emissions reduction by 2030. But it also reinforced the magnitude of the challenge ahead, with fossil fuels still representing 60 percent of the power generation mix in the United States and 37 percent in the European Union, as well as the importance of pursuing an aggressive sustainable recovery plan to avoid a rebound in emissions.
Nuclear Energy Policy InitiativeMar 2, 2021
Advancing US-ROK cooperation on nuclear energy
By Stephen S. Greene
Although nuclear power is a key component in US and South Korean electricity generation, the nuclear energy industry in both countries is struggling. Research and development, bilateral trade, and the sale of nuclear energy technologies to third countries represent opportunities for bilateral cooperation that will strengthen both country’s nuclear energy industries.
EnergySourceFeb 19, 2021
How a HALEU bank could work
By Stephen S. Greene
Lack of a long-term, reliable source of high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) fuel represents a critical risk to the deployment of advanced reactors, which could be a key source of carbon-free electricity in the future. However, a HALEU fuel bank could resolve the conundrum facing advanced reactor developers and potential HALEU fuel suppliers by supporting the production of HALEU for advanced reactors and resolving the uncertainty faced by reactor developers and their potential customers and sources of financing.
EnergySourceFeb 12, 2021
As the United States develops advanced reactors, a new fuel supply chain is critical to national security
By Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr. and Admiral Richard Mies
Over the past five years, the United States has made meaningful progress in the development of advanced nuclear reactor designs critical to keeping the country on the cutting edge of nuclear technology. These positive trends signal a growing need for the Department of Energy to address a key challenge that many reactor developers face as they move toward deployment: the lack of a reliable source of high-assay low-enriched uranium fuel.
Global Energy AgendaJan 18, 2021
The 2021 Global Energy Agenda
By Randolph Bell, Jennifer T. Gordon, Paul Kielstra, and Andrew Marshall (Editors)
The inaugural edition of the Global Energy Agenda provides context for the unprecedented year that has passed. It features a survey of thought leaders in the energy sector, as well as a series of essays by the leading figures in energy, to set the energy agenda for 2021.
EnergySourceDec 9, 2020
The American Nuclear Infrastructure Act provides bipartisan support for nuclear innovation in the United States
By Amy C. Roma
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.
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