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New nanomaterial helps obtain hydrogen from a liquid energy carrier,
« Reply #168 on: April 11, 2021, 04:20:45 PM »
 in a key step toward a stable and clean fuel source


Hydrogen is a sustainable source of clean energy that avoids toxic emissions and can add value to multiple sectors in the economy including transportation, power generation, metals manufacturing, among others. Technologies for storing and transporting hydrogen bridge the gap between sustainable energy production and fuel use, and therefore are an essential component of a viable hydrogen economy. But traditional means of storage and transportation are expensive and susceptible to contamination. As a result, researchers are searching for alternative techniques that are reliable, low-cost and simple. More-efficient hydrogen delivery systems would benefit many applications such as stationary power, portable power, and mobile vehicle industries.

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President Harry S. Truman said: “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount.  The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings…  If we don't have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.”

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Partnership formed for advanced reactor deployment in Washington State
« Reply #169 on: April 16, 2021, 12:35:40 PM »
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by Energy Northwest, Grant County Public Utility District and X-energy to form a partnership to support the development and commercial demonstration of the USA's first advanced nuclear reactor. The TRi Energy Partnership aims to construct a plant based on X-energy's Xe-100 reactor design at Energy Northwest's existing Columbia site in Washington.

The MoU was signed on 1 April in Richland, Washington, by Energy Northwest CEO Brad Sawatzke, X-energy CEO Clay Sell and Grant PUD CEO Kevin Sawatzke.
Through the MoU, the partners will collaborate and share resources to evaluate their mutual goal of siting, building and operating a Xe-100 advanced nuclear power plant with the potential to generate up to 320 MWe. Through the TRi Energy Partnership, the parties will evaluate each step of the project and identify the best approach to licensing, permitting, construction, operation and ownership.
The Xe-100 is an 80 MWe (scalable to a 320 MWe four-pack) high-temperature gas cooled reactor which uses TRISO (tristructural isotropic) particle fuel. It can integrate into large, regional electricity systems as a base and load-following source of carbon-free power, and can optimise grid use of low-emission, intermittent renewables and other clean energy resources, X-energy says. It can also provide a source of industrial process heat.
Washington has mandated 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045. According to the partners, the TRi Energy Partnership will provide invaluable carbon-free electricity to the grid, create new jobs and economic growth, establish the foundation for new renewable energy projects, and help achieve our climate goals with affordable, reliable clean energy.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) launched its Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program in May 2020 to help domestic private industry demonstrate advanced nuclear reactors in the USA. The programme will speed the deployment of advanced reactors through cost-shared partnerships with the private sector.
X-energy was announced by the DOE in October 2020 as one of two awardees - the other being TerraPower - to receive USD80 million each of initial cost-shared funding to build an advanced reactor demonstration plant that can be operational within seven years. DOE selected X-energy to deliver a commercial TRISO fuel fabrication facility and a four-module version of its Xe-100 reactor, which the company plans to site at Energy Northwest’s Columbia nuclear plant. DOE will invest about USD1.23 billion in X-energy's project over the seven-year period.
"As Washington state implements the Clean Energy Transformation Act - requiring 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045 - new sources of reliable, affordable and emissions-free electricity will be needed across the region," Sawatzke said. "Advanced nuclear energy can and should play a vital role in our state's clean energy future: it does not emit greenhouse gases, is available around-the-clock, pairs well with renewables, and provides numerous benefits essential to grid reliability."
Nordt added: "This partnership signifies our strong interest in advanced nuclear energy as one of the best, lowest-cost options to reliably serve Grant County's growing communities and support their continued economic growth. The electricity generated by an Xe-100, and other advanced nuclear energy technologies, will be invaluable to our future carbon-free grid."
"Together we represent the three pillars on which a successful project will be built: X-energy's innovative Generation IV nuclear technology and fuel design; Energy Northwest's ideal site and proven operating experience and nuclear expertise; and in Grant PUD a forward-thinking, resourceful, and extremely well-run utility with an interest in new resources to meet growing demand," said Sell. "Combined with the Department of Energy's vital support and visionary leadership, we have the foundation on which to build the future of clean energy."
X-energy last year initiated a pre-licensing Vendor Design Review of the Xe-100 with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. It is one of three grid-scale small modular reactor (SMR) technology developers selected last year by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to advance engineering and design work, with the goal of identifying options for future deployment. OPG is considering the deployment of an SMR development at its existing Darlington site as early as 2028.
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Japan's JGC invests in NuScale Power
« Reply #170 on: April 17, 2021, 04:24:55 PM »
Japanese engineering, procurement, and construction firm JGC Holdings Corporation (JGC HD) has agreed to invest USD40 million in small modular reactor developer NuScale Power. It will also partner with Fluor Corporation - NuScale's majority investor - on the deployment of NuScale power plants.

JGC HD said it will invest USD40 million in NuScale through a special-purpose company established by JGC's US subsidiary. It plans to participate in NuScale's first SMR plant through JGC Corporation, the group company that handles overseas EPC business. JGC Corporation will collaborate with Fluor.
"In the medium and long term, JGC Corporation will work with Fluor to secure and execute SMR EPC projects on a global basis, and intends to seek opportunities in integrating SMRs with renewable energy, as well as with hydrogen production and seawater desalination," JGC said.
NuScale noted the agreement with JGC marks the first commercial relationship and investment in NuScale Power from a Japanese-based company and is indicative of growing Japanese and global interest in NuScale’s SMR technology.
Tadashi Ishizuka, representative director, president and COO of JGC HD, said: "Our investment in NuScale technology, with its enhanced safety features, will enable JGC to expand our EPC business and deliver a zero- carbon resource to the growing demand of the global energy market."
For nearly 50 years, the JGC Group has been involved in domestic EPC projects for used nuclear fuel reprocessing plants, radioactive waste processing and disposal facilities, among others. Outside Japan, the group has assisted customers to bid on a nuclear power plant EPC project in the UAE, as well as developed EPC project plans for a nuclear new-build project in the UK. JGC said it is expanding its business in the nuclear-related sector in response to the ongoing global transition from fossil fuels to hydrogen and renewable energy.
The NuScale Power Module is a pressurised water reactor with all the components for steam generation and heat exchange incorporated into a single integrated unit. The unit can generate 77 MWe (gross) per module, or about 924 MWe for a 12-module power plant. NuScale will also offer options for smaller four-module and six-module plant sizes.
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission in September 2020 issued a standard design approval to NuScale Power for the NuScale SMR. This allows the design to be referenced in applications for construction, operating and manufacturing licences and permits in the USA. Site-specific licensing procedures must still be completed and a combined construction and operating licence obtained before any construction can begin.
Fluor and NuScale are working with Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems in the development of a 720-megawatt plant that is to be built at a site at the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory.
NuScale Power has signed MoUs to explore the deployment of its technology in Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Jordan, Romania, Ukraine and the UK, and said it continues to discuss similar agreements with potential customers worldwide. In October last year, the US International Development Finance Corporation signed a Letter of Intent to help NuScale develop 2500 MWe of nuclear energy in South Africa.
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Re: Electricity update Pt. 10
« Reply #171 on: April 23, 2021, 11:38:30 AM »
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Re: Electricity update Pt. 10
« Reply #172 on: April 23, 2021, 04:42:34 PM »

Decarbonizing California’s Grid Requires More than Wind and Solar (issues.org)

Written by enviro folks, some recognition of issues with wind and solar.

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President Harry S. Truman said: “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount.  The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings…  If we don't have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.”

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DOE project supports microreactor deployment
« Reply #174 on: May 05, 2021, 02:20:36 PM »
The US Department of Energy (DOE) is planning to build a microreactor to help researchers and end-users understand how microreactors can integrate with other technologies. The Microreactor Applications Research Validation and EvaLuation (MARVEL) liquid-metal cooled microreactor could be operational within three years.

Microreactors are very small, factory fabricated, transportable reactors which could provide power and heat for decentralised generation in civilian, industrial and defence energy sectors. The DOE Microreactor Program, led by Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is carrying out fundamental and applied R&D to reduce the risks associated with new technology performance and manufacturing readiness of microreactors.
The MARVEL design is primarily based on existing technology and will be built using off-the-shelf components allowing for faster construction, DOE has said. It will encompass a 100 kW thermal fission reactor, based on the SNAP-10A design which was developed in the 1960s as a 45 kWt thermal nuclear fission reactor for use in space missions. The sodium-cooled reactor, with natural circulation cooling, will have an operating temperature of 500-550°C and will be fuelled by high-assay low-enriched uranium from available research materials. It will use Stirling engines to transfer energy from the core to make electricity.
DOE said the reactor, which will be built inside the Transient Reactor Test facility (TREAT) at INL, could be installed in less than a year.
"By providing prompt, small-scale demonstrations, MARVEL will offer experimental capabilities that are not currently available at DOE's national laboratories," the department said. The test bed will help also help companies demonstrate their designs. Industry partners will be able to connect their microreactor end-user applications to the system to test and demonstrate technology readiness. MARVEL will also test and demonstrate the reactor system's capability to manage grid demand and reactor power supply, which could support a range of applications such as integrated renewable energy systems, water purification, hydrogen production, and heat for industrial processes.
The MARVEL test platform is a collaborative effort between the DOE Microreactor Program and the National Reactor Innovation Center. DOE in January opened to public comment a draft environmental assessment for its proposal to construct the reactor. The US Department of Defense is also working to develop a mobile microreactor through its Project Pele initiative.
INL has released a video describing the MARVEL project.
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Re: Electricity update Pt. 10
« Reply #177 on: May 09, 2021, 03:16:34 PM »
Georgia Power's progress on Plant Vogtle expansion moves forward with last major test of new nuclear reactor - Atlanta Business Chronicle (bizjournals.com)
Georgia Power's progress on Plant Vogtle expansion moves forward with last major test of new nuclear reactor - Atlanta Business Chronicle (bizjournals.com)

By Grace Donnelly  –  Reporter, Atlanta Business Chronicle
Apr 26, 2021, 2:04pm EDT


Georgia Power has begun the last phase of testing for the first of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle as the company works to meet a November deadline, the company announced Monday.
The expansion project at Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Ga., has faced delays and unexpected costs for years.



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Re: Electricity update Pt. 10
« Reply #179 on: May 11, 2021, 02:50:57 PM »
If so, game changer I think ... but cars in Europe cost quite a bit more than here.

Electric vehicles cheaper than combustion by 2027: study (techxplore.com)

Electric cars will be cheaper to build than fossil fuel vehicles across Europe within six years and could represent 100 percent of new sales by 2035, according to a study published Monday.
Carmakers are shifting en masse to electric and hybrid models in order to bring average fleet emissions under a European Union limit of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre, or face heavy penalties.
The study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance found that electric sedans and sport-utility vehicles will be as cheap to make as combustion vehicles from 2026.
Small cars will have to wait until 2027 to match the cost of fossil fuel models, according the study, which was commissioned by Transport and Environment, a European clean transport campaign group.

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Re: Electricity update Pt. 10
« Reply #180 on: May 11, 2021, 06:41:24 PM »
My mom has a Tesla.
She's not worried about the gasoline shortage.

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Re: Electricity update Pt. 10
« Reply #181 on: May 17, 2021, 04:24:15 AM »
https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=47776

New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant closes after 59 years of operation

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The Indian Point Energy Center (Indian Point) permanently stopped generating electricity on April 30, 2021, when it retired its last operating nuclear reactor, Unit 3, earlier than originally planned. The Indian Point nuclear power plant began operations in 1962 and produced over 565 terawatthours (TWh) of electricity in the 59 years it was open. The Unit 3 retirement removes almost 1,040 megawatts (MW) of nuclear generating capacity from New York State, leaving about 3,200 MW of remaining nuclear capacity at three plants in upstate New York.

 

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