Posted By: Peter M. Hekman, Jr.
On: January 20, 2014
I have spent most of my career working directly in Naval and Commercial nuclear power: From serving as Engineer of a Navy Prototype Plant, as Engineer Officer of the world’s first nuclear powered aircraft carrier - the USS Enterprise - to construction, testing, and command of a Nuclear Cruiser, to  more...
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Posted By: Ferdinand E. Banks
On: November 20, 2013
The sun shines even brighter this year of the Svenska Dagbladet Energy Summit than it did several years ago when the International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE) international conference was also held in glorious summer Stockholm. (Svenska Dagbladet (SvD ) is one of the largest morning newspapers in Scandinavia.) I  more...
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Posted By: Harry Valentine - Commentator/Energy Researcher, Langson Energy
On: November 11, 2013
Recent reports of a telephone conversation between the presidents of the USA and Iran suggest the possibility of constructive future discussion, including Iran's plans to develop nuclear electric power. While the diplomacy of Iran's new president is very positive, the behavior of his predecessor was a definite cause for concern  more...
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Posted By: Scott Shugarts - Market Research Specialist, Energy Curtailment Specialists
On: September 25, 2013
Chernobyl.  Three Mile Island.  Fukushima.  When one mentions nuclear power, these are frequently the first images that come to mind.  There is no disputing that the nuclear power industry has a blemished past.  However, the reality is that, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), nuclear energy currently provides  more...
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Posted By: Ferdinand E. Banks
On: July 19, 2013
Once upon a time I was approached by a customs officer at Indianapolis Airport (U.S.), and when he asked this suspicious looking teacher what he did for a living, I told him that I taught mathematical economics. The look on his face made it clear that he didn't know what  more...
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Posted By: Michael Keller - President and CEO, Hybrid Power Technologies
On: June 25, 2013
Several years ago, a hybrid-nuclear technology was introduced in an EnergyPulse article. The fully developed technology is now being proposed to the Department of Energy in response to a recent funding opportunity announcement for Small Modular Reactors. As a result of a number of factors, our energy options are becoming  more...
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Posted By: Ferdinand E. Banks
On: May 6, 2013
In my new energy economics book (2013), the words "lies" and "misunderstandings" are found several times in almost every chapter. I may also have mentioned (once again) that many years ago I took a stroll through wonderful Vienna with some sort of Japanese insider, who explained to me in a  more...
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Posted By: Ferdinand E. Banks
On: January 29, 2013
"Not personal but business" is one of the famous lines delivered by Al Pachino in the film 'The Godfather'. In this short contribution I move in the other direction, because nuclear energy happens to be an essential input for the maintenance of my standard of living. Without it I might  more...
Posted By: Ferdinand E. Banks
On: December 13, 2012
According to the United Nations energy organization (IAEA), statistics indicate that for 2009 and 2010, nuclear reactors in Sweden and Germany managed by the Swedish firm Vattenfall had the lowest capacity factors in the (nuclear) world. Fifty-five percent was the figure given by that organization for the average availability of  more...
Posted By: Ferdinand E. Banks
On: November 21, 2012
In the early summer of 2011 I saw a notice in a Swedish newspaper that the well known nuclear debater, Amory Lovins, had been invited to a large conference sponsored by the Tallberg Foundation. It was to be held at Sigtuna (Sweden), which is located between Stockholm and Uppsala, and  more...

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