Power generation is down. Guess what’s happened to nuclear’s share?

 

Despite the booming economy and GDP growth since the Great Recession, electrical generation has declined. It never recovered, reports one site.

Along these lines, GE Power recently announced layoffs in its Greenville, South Carolina facility. At the same time, it announced layoffs at its Schenectady, New York location, too. GE Power manufactures gas and wind turbines… Continue reading “Power generation is down. Guess what’s happened to nuclear’s share?”

Relay manufacturer quietly changes internal parts, creates potential safety hazard

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Sometimes product manufacturers change out the parts in a particular equipment model without changing the model number. Even though there is little to no change in function or feature set — the change is invisible to the customer — when regulations are involved these invisible changes can have severe consequences. Continue reading “Relay manufacturer quietly changes internal parts, creates potential safety hazard”

Raspberry Pi 2 sheds new light on an old control room problem

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A bug was discovered on the Raspberry Pi 2, a small computer intended to promote computer science education to children. While new to the Raspberry Pi, this is old news to the nuclear power industry . . . . Continue reading “Raspberry Pi 2 sheds new light on an old control room problem”

A nuclear plant is shutting down. Track its daily progress on Facebook (for the next 60 years).

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When Vermont Yankee scrams on December 29th, it will be for the last time. Then, the dismantling process begins. It will take 60 years . . . .  Continue reading “A nuclear plant is shutting down. Track its daily progress on Facebook (for the next 60 years).”

Lockheed Martin revives hope of forever ending the energy shortage

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That’s right, we’re talking about nuclear fusion reactors. In October of 2014, Lockheed announced that they might actually be on to something. They are planning for a 10-second demonstration in five years . . . .  Continue reading “Lockheed Martin revives hope of forever ending the energy shortage”