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Posted By: Steve Kerekes
On: May 16, 2016
The nuclear energy industry voiced strong support today for a new Senate bill that would change some U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing processes and the agency’s fee recovery structure to remove unnecessary impediments to the long-term viability of nuclear power as a 21st century clean energy source. “Despite the contribution  more...
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Posted By: Davis Swan - President, Debarel Systems Ltd.
On: December 4, 2015
There is an ongoing debate regarding the value and/or wisdom of the German Government’s implementation of an energy transformation – the Energiewende.  The primary driver for this initiative was the policy decision, first made in 2000, to eliminate nuclear power in Germany.  Nuclear generating stations contributed as much as 25%  more...
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Posted By: Grant Lanthorn, P.E. - Senior Reliability Engineer, Intertek
On: October 12, 2015
Lubricants are crucial to industrial processes, allowing parts to move without friction, heat and contamination to be removed from the system, and providing equipment protection from corrosion and oxidation. There are as many lubricants as there are applications, and without a proactive lubricant engineer on site, many plants find it  more...
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Posted By: Grant Lanthorn, P.E. - Senior Reliability Engineer, Intertek
On: October 5, 2015
Water induction events at both nuclear and fossil plants are a continuing problem for the power industry, with an estimated two dozen events every year. Water induction can be extremely damaging yet the risk is often poorly understood by many system owners. These events have increased in frequency as units  more...
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Posted By: Ferdinand E. Banks
On: October 2, 2015
"Nuclear's Best Years Are Behind Us" - Perry Sioshansi (2011) "More than 70 new nuclear reactors are now under construction, but that's not nearly enough to make a strong dent in CO2 emissions worldwide," So the question is, why aren't we building more?" - Jacobo Buongiorno (Professor of Nuclear Science,  more...
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Posted By: Brad Smalldridge - Vice President of Nuclear Operations, Day & Zimmermann
On: September 23, 2015
It's a continuing priority for nuclear plant managers to make outages as efficient and cost-effective as possible. According to the NRC, over the past 15 years the average number of days spent implementing outages for refueling operations and necessary plant maintenance has hit a plateau. Despite this trend, demands on  more...
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Posted By: Harry Valentine - Commentator/Researcher, Chatila/Menoz
On: August 7, 2015
Despite the high standards of post-secondary technical education in nations such as Japan, the former USSR and even the USA (M.I.T), the technical world is often confronted with unexpected technical mishaps. The black boxes aboard commercial aircraft have provided manufacturers with valuable information that has continually improved the safety of  more...
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Posted By: Guy Starr - President, DZ Atlantic
On: July 29, 2015
For the last decade, the nuclear industry has been engaged in a focused effort to address the looming talent gap as a large number of baby boomer workers reach retirement age. In that time, significant progress has been made in raising awareness around the issue and developing new educational curriculums  more...
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Posted By: Ferdinand E. Banks
On: July 2, 2015
Berthold Brecht put it as follows: "If you don't know the truth, you are a fool, while if you know the truth but say that it is a lie, you are a villain." I seldom object to that kind of language, because I used it all the time when I  more...
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Posted By: Doug Napodano - Vice President of Projects, Day & Zimmermann
On: May 1, 2015
Industrial plant operators seeking improved maintenance results might take a look at the nuclear industry for some transferable best practices.  Maintenance operations at U.S. nuclear power plants are conducted in a highly-regulated, process-oriented environment designed to ensure maximum safety and control in a high-risk environment. While many nuclear maintenance practices  more...
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