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The Nuclear Reactor Around the Corner

By Blake Just past the popular Flour Bakery in Cambridge lies one of the many drab looking brick buildings that clutter MIT’s campus, with a door marked only with a small sign reading “138”. Behind the building is a small blue concrete dome and a brick tower that blends easily into MIT’s industrial looking campus. […]

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Nuclear Power is Coming Back

By Jesse JYY In class we talked about a new generation of nuclear power plants, but is nuclear still on the table? Is it really making a comeback, only two years after the Fukushima scare? Amid consistent opposition from civil organizations and concerns over its far-reaching and lasting ecological damage when accidents occur? Yes it […]

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Growing New Nuclear: What role should the U.S. government play?

By Seth Transatomic Power stands at a crossroads: Do they stay the course and build their operations in the United States or do they go abroad to more favorable regulatory environments? Our class guest, Mr. Wilcox, indicated his strong preference for the former, which seems to be a personal motivation rather than a business decision. […]

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Public Perception and Journalism in Energy and the Environment

By Nick Ling In both “KKR: Leveraging Sustainability” and Nuclear Power classes many parts of the discussion have focused towards public perception of Energy and the Environment. For instance in the case of KKR, we discussed that a Private Equity firm may be investing in sustainable initiatives for positive “PR” rather than the intrinsic good […]

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Winning Hearts and Minds in the Battle for Nuclear Power

By Patrick Griffin “Nuclear was going to cook us, now it is going to save us.” There is a powerful statement, and the scientific evidence on the potential for nuclear energy is very compelling. As Bill Gates has publicly declared at TED and elsewhere, new technology could turn the nuclear waste that we are currently […]

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VC and Nuclear – The Next Frontier or A Recipe for Losing Money?

By Anonymous Nuclear technology startups offering the promise of cheap, abundant, and safe electricity for everyone justifiably generate enthusiasm in the VC community as well as in the classroom. However, having worked in the power business, this author’s sense was that it would be beneficial for all those interested in the space from an investment […]

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Are Nuclear Startups Too Ambitious?

By Stephen Renter I am a big fan of nuclear. It is as kind to the atmosphere as wind or solar and as safe for humans also; nuclear has caused far fewer injuries and deaths than coal mining, oil and natural gas drilling, and even hydroelectric dam breaks. There’s no denying that nuclear is one […]

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Depleted Uranium Stockpiles Not Getting Smaller Anytime Soon

By Justin Langlois TerraPower’s travelling-wave reactor largely reduces the amount nuclear waste required for storage. Most of these gains are achieved since travelling-wave reactors require almost seven times less enriched uranium than the LWR plants in operation today. While this is a huge gain going forward, it is far from solving one of the main […]

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A Sobering Look at the Energy Available in Nuclear Waste

By Anonymous TerraPower’s design for a nuclear reactor capable of running on natural uranium and nuclear waste has heightened the allure of carbon-free nuclear energy. CEO John Gilleland explains this technology “could supply every person on earth with U.S. levels of per capita energy consumption for 1000 years”.1 The ability to extract energy from nuclear […]

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