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Did You Know It's Nuclear Science Week? Collecting Energy Central Community Conversation on Nuclear Energy

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Did you know that this week is officially recognized as Nuclear Science Week?

Here's a brief history lesson:

In 2009, the Smithsonian affiliated National Museum of Nuclear Science & History consulted with its nuclear industry partners, discussing the need for generating communication and public awareness centered on the achievements of nuclear science. Through these discussions, the idea of hosting a week that celebrated the field of nuclear science materialized.

The first Nuclear Science Week (NSW) celebrations, 2010-2012, were held in late January. The national steering committee decided it was time to change in 2013, as the January timeframe proved too cold for some parts of the country to easily mount programming efforts. To ensure participation with all members of the national steering committee and industry partners – including all areas of power generation, nuclear medicine, national defense and teaching communities – Nuclear Science Week was officially moved to the third week of October.

 

Nuclear science currently plays a very large role in the utility sector, and the power industry moving forwards is looking to current and future nuclear science and technology to transform energy systems to be carbon-free, resilient, affordable, and more. 

As a nod to Nuclear Science Week, we wanted to share some of the top nuclear related content from the past 12 months. And for any community members who want to celebrate with us, we encourage you to share in the comments what developments you're hoping to see in the nuclear energy space in the year to come!

 

Most Viewed Energy Central Nuclear Content from the Past Year

  1. Bill Gates' Nuclear Option

  2. Is There New Hope for UK Wylfa Nuclear Project?

  3. Enabling Low Carbon Energy Generation | The Critical Role for Hydro, Nuclear, Hydrogen, and Other Low Carbon Fuels

  4. Evolution of the North-American Electricity Systems – Potential Policy Priorities

  5. DOE Awards $80M each to TerraPower, X-Energy for ARDP

  6. NuScale, the developer of a 60 MW SMR, gets Letter of Intent for 2500MW Nuclear Energy Project in South Africa from US Development Finance Agency

  7. What is the point of nuclear innovation?

  8. Forget about public acceptance for nuclear power – it’s time for public enthusiasm!

  9. GE Hitachi joins the field that is pursuing SMR licenses

  10. President Xi Goal is a Carbon Neutral China by 2060

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Bob Meinetz on Oct 18, 2021

Matt, thanks for the heads up. In 2022 I'm hoping to see:

1) Reconsideration of utility PG&E's decision to close Diablo Canyon Power Plant
2) Federal support for the Virtual Test Reactor
3) " " for existing U.S. nuclear power plants
4) Acceleration of NRC licensing for small modular reactors
5) Approval of a national spent fuel repository
6) Funding for C2N (coal to nuclear) plant conversion

Yes, my wish list is expansive and unrealistic. But with nuclear I've learned to hope for the best, and be thankful for the better - and I've got to admit, it's getting better!

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Audra Drazga on Oct 22, 2021

Well this is perfect timing - I just came across an interesting article around new nuclear fuel that could replace uranium in reactors - see here. https://www.freethink.com/science/nuclear-fuel - This seems too good to be true - wonder what others think about this?

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