Industry Insight

Exelon NPPs saved but US plants remain vulnerable without national support

Sep 21, 2021

Illinois legislators have passed a bill that will secure the future of two nuclear plants in the state and, while the bill is site specific, there are signs that public opinion and...

US, Europe risk falling behind as China nuclear industry expands

Sep 8, 2021

China’s nuclear power industry is expanding rapidly while stumbling blocks in the United States and Europe puts their industries at risk of being left behind in the race toward next...

Commitment to R&D, international presence propels Russia’s nuclear push

Sep 8, 2021

Russia’s nuclear fleet is not growing as fast as that seen in China, but its focus on research and development and expanding its international presence may give it its desired head...

US budget omission leaves VTR proponents rushing to defend tech

Aug 24, 2021

The U.S. Congress’ decision to cut funding for the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) project in the coming fiscal year has prompted supporters of the technology to leap to its defense,...

Nuclear offers solution to maritime contamination

Aug 24, 2021

Nuclear energy can be used to power the world’s shipping industry, which already produces more greenhouse gases than the global aviation sector and is expanding, directly through...

SMRs touted as solution to Puerto Rico’s power problems

Aug 10, 2021

Puerto Rico’s power system has been devastated by hurricanes, years of bad political choices, and badly maintained infrastructure, and plans to overhaul the island’s grid must...

Report calls for more R&D into material degradation

Aug 10, 2021

Degradation of structural materials must be further researched in new nuclear designs and potential mechanisms characterized and understood, according to a recent report.

AI finds a place in nuclear O&M

Jul 20, 2021

The use of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) can make nuclear power plants cheaper to operate and maintain, and more flexible as part of a mixed generation grid, but...

US program aims to cut nuclear construction costs

Jul 20, 2021

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a multi-million-dollar program to develop three technologies, already common within other industries, to reign in ballooning...

Microreactors show promise, but there are hurdles to clear

Jun 30, 2021

Replacing expensive, polluting generators with very small nuclear reactors could have a significant impact on off-grid, isolated industries and communities, but the path to commercial...