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Cooling Our Planet with Nuclear Power
Why you are wrong about nuclear: 
We have already proven we know how to use big power plants to change the climate. Nuclear Energy is a Climate Change Game Changer. 
“Governments, NGOs, and the private sector all agree: ambitious climate plans only work with nuclear energy. The only question is whether we’re serious about making them work”. - Nuclear Energy Institute CEO Maria Korsnick

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UofM School of Nuclear Engineering talk:   


NuScale 940 megaWatt 12 Module Pressurized Light Water Reactor (PWR) Nuclear Power Plant, 
24 - Direct Air CO
2 Capture Modules,  On-Site Class VI CO2 Disposal Injection Well

Public electricity demand varies widely over time, making a hybrid facility such as this very beneficial at all times.
This means you can run the reactor flat-out all the time, shifting between mostly Public Electricity and mostly Direct Air CO2 Capture and Sequestration every 24 hours.
NOTE: The Direct Air CO2 Capture Module consumes 1/2 ton of natural gas per ton of CO2 captured - the natural gas' CO2 is captured by conventional equipment and joined with the main CO2 disposal stream.
Many of the world's 195 countries do not have natural gas distribution systems so Carbon Engineering will have to come up with an all-electric version for Global use.

The world has about 75,000 power plants. The more power plant modules you have, the more carbon capturing modules you can have.
24 - 10 megaWatt Direct Air CO2 Capture Modules might capture 480 tons of CO2 per night. That's about 200,000 tons of CO2 per year times 75,000 power plants is 15 Billion Tons per Year

Uranium energy is cheaper than any fossil energy.


 The Best Way To Get A "Running Start" To 'Repairing The Air' Is To Build On An Existing Coal Power Plant Site 

TVA CEO: Utility Will Invest in SMRs


According to wire service reports, TVA President and CEO Jeff Lyash said last week during an online energy conference hosted by the Atlantic Council that to reach the 100% reduction goal, the utility will need technological advances in energy storage, carbon capture and small modular nuclear reactors. (YouTube video) Lyash said TVA is on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2035.

Coal Plants Converted to SMRs?

Lyash said that the hundreds of shuttered US coal power plants could be repurposed as small nuclear reactor sites citing easy access to water resources and existing power grid connections. “I see those sites as very viable small modular reactor (SMR) sites.”

Lyash does not see coal as part of the utility’s future, saying TVA will continue to phase it out over the next 15 years because its coal plants are reaching the end of their lives.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who also attended the virtual meeting, agreed, “You could come online much quicker and we could accomplish this at a much faster rate than anything else we could do.”

“Some of our better manufacturing sites are the coal-fired power plants,” said Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia. “You could come online much quicker and we could accomplish this at a much faster rate than anything else we could do,” he said about the SMR potential.  - - -

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The Cost Of Various Types Of Reactors and Uranium
Actually, nuclear power is safer, environmentally cleaner, and cheaper than all other forms of commercial energy.



The Safety Perimeter of a Small Modular Reactor is Tiny compared with a conventional huge reactor


Better to grab a Cat by the tail than a Tiger by the tail.

NuScale & UAMPS Take Next Steps to License, Manufacture, and Build the First of 12 SMRs

NuScale Power has gotten the go ahead to prepare a Combined License Application (COLA) to be submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The UAMPS COLA is expected to be submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) by the second quarter of 2023.

NRC review of the COLA is expected to be completed by the second half of 2025, with reactor construction of the project beginning shortly thereafter. NuScale expects to have the first of 12 units in revenue service before the end of the decade. Eventually, plans are for the site to have 12 SMRs. The power rating of the site is a work in progress as NuScale started with an estimate of 50 MWE, but has since increased its design objective to 60 MWe and indicated it has plans for 77 MWe.

The NuScale reference power plant can house up to 12 NuScale Power Modules for a total facility output of 924 megawatts of electricity (MWe). NuScale also offers smaller power plant solutions in 4-module and 6-module sizes with outputs of 308 MWe (gross) and 462 MWe (gross), respectively. The multi-module NuScale plant design is scalable, allowing customers to incrementally increase facility output to match demand.

NuScale Power announced this week together with Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) that it has executed agreements to facilitate the development of the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP), which will deploy NuScale Power Modules at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

Fluor Corporation and NuScale (as a subcontractor to Fluor) are to develop higher maturity cost estimates and initial project planning work for the licensing, manufacturing and construction of the CFPP.


NuScale's Control Room Simulator

Control stations for 12 NuScale Reactor Units. - Not completely unlike Henry Ford's Model T engine, the very simple NuScale Reactor units need relatively little in the way of controls.
The suggested NuScale reactor actually shares a critical thermodynamic feature [convection water cooling] with the Ford Model T engine (October 1, 1908, to May 26, 1927).



A Melt-Down-Proof Nuclear Fuel Rod 

Lightbridge claims much better safety. refueling intervals, and power output on existing water-cooled reactors than obtainable from the traditional 77 year old fuel rod design.

Lightbridge Sets Priorities for SMR Fuel Development

Lightbridge Corporation (NASDAQ:LBTR) has decided to prioritize developing fuel for future small modular reactors rather than fuel for large reactor designs, President and CEO Seth Grae said this

 week in a business update ahead of a webcast and conference call to discuss the company’s financial results.


How Soon?


Technology Readiness Levels for new thermal technologies. 
The NuScale, Lightbridge, and Carbon Engineering products have been approved by the government.
The Class VI CO
2 Disposal Well is a U.S. Government Design.
The Skyscrubber Direct Air CO
2 Capture (DAC) module is speculative at this time.