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Decades of stagnation in the nuclear development pipeline have led to...
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Uranium spells out nuclear future
A positive outlook for the nuclear sector is reflected in strong market fundamentals. There’s nothing more fundamental than fuel supply.
Making a move on molten salt reactors
Interest in novel reactor designs is surging but the real tell is the development of the supply chain that will support commercial operations. For molten salt reactors, the evidence...
Micro size but big ambitions for new reactors
Much of the buzz around small and microreactors concerns grid-based electricity production, but the real win might come from elsewhere.
The great break-up
Antinuclear politics finally got its big victory with the German shutdown in April. It is the end of an era for the country as well as for nuclear, which now has the opportunity of...
Russia’s nuclear business: Out in the cold?
Measures to squeeze Russia out of the nuclear business are inevitably doomed to fail if there simply aren’t any alternatives.
Alliances or rivalries?
In an industry like nuclear, which is so different to its competitors, it is an interesting thought experiment to ask ourselves what we really wish it would be like and whether it...
Building up speed for the SMR roll out
We’re a long way short of a fully commercial SMR roll out, but recent moves to pull in key energy sector concerns is helping to build up momentum for SMRs.
Don’t double down on sitting down
The nuclear industry likes to chart its development by its problems and by its successful responses to them. What about recent successes that were due to other people?
Nuclear: taking the heat out of carbon
Nuclear has clear benefits in terms of net zero electricity options. But when it comes down to the tough nut of low-carbon heating, it’s a hands down winner
Riding the wave
The nuclear sector needs to strike now and make the most of the window of opportunity that has been presented to it.
Nuclear - a must have for net zero
Nuclear power is a key mover in meeting Net Zero ambitions but has been hamstrung by a lack of coherent long-term energy policy. That needs to change.
Veganism: the nuclear option
Changing to a vegan diet is one of the most effective things you can do if you want to help the planet. As a somewhat extreme choice, this ‘nuclear option’ of the diet world has...
Lighting up the future with fusion
Fusion breakthroughs are amplifying the drive to see nuclear power in a different light. It’s a key development but it is also an important part of a re-energised industry.
Keep the ball rolling
Nuclear has a key role to play in the clean energy transition but its presence at COP27 was surprisingly muted. Jeremy Gordon argues that it’s time nuclear power claimed its...
Energy policy for the long haul
While news of nuclear new build is welcome, will it also finally establish the long-term pipeline that the world needs?
A fresh start on an old problem
Learning to communicate properly seems to be a perennial challenge for the nuclear industry. Could the emergence of the new generation of smaller modular and advanced reactors at...
Land of confusion
Just when it seemed Germany had moved beyond dogma to produce a pragmatic nuclear energy policy, defeat has been snatched from the jaws of victory in the fight against Putin’s energy war
Keeping it clean
Nuclear has long been the bogeyman of the environmental lobby, but the real challenge is elsewhere
The Atom in Red, White and Blue
Learning the often painful lessons from the development of the UK’s Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor (AGR) fleet is vital if a new generation of nuclear power stations are going to successful.