Die Bundesregierung handelt dumm

For a culture so steeped in logic and science, it’s surprising Germany has made the most expensive and silly decision concerning its energy independence. Not only will retiring their nuclear power fleet cost them ~$1.5 TRILLION, they will be forced to purchase electricity from neighboring countries such as France, which will continue to generate almost all of its baseload via safe, clean, affordable nuclear power.

Dummkopfs!

NUCLEAR POLICIES: Trillion-euro cost of German energy transition
Germany’s plan to transform its energy system to one reliant on renewable power as it phases out nuclear energy could cost up to €1 trillion, German energy and environment minister Peter Altmaier has publicly admitted.

Still Kicking the Nuclear Waste Can Down the Road

Perplexed? I’m beyond perplexed!  Normally when you fork over funds for something, you get something in return. But not when it comes to the energy business and the current state of U.S. politics!  For years nuclear power plants have been paying into a U.S. Department of Energy program to take care of their nuclear waste – to safely store it.  So far the nuclear industry has put $28 billion into the coffers for this purpose. This program came into law with the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 which called for the construction and maintenance of multiple waste deposit sites, and then in 1987 an amendment to the Act directed that a single depository be built – Yucca Mountain, Nevada.  

Because nuclear power does not pollute the air with harmful emissions, it is considered by many to be a “GREEN” technology. However, the U.S. must decide a course of action for the waste from its nuclear power plants if nuclear is going to be a viable energy technology for the future.

But guess what?  Because of partisan politics, the U.S. government, still — 26 years later — has not begun to take that waste and store it; not at Yucca, not anywhere.  The waste of our country’s nuclear power plants is sitting around all over the countryside next to each nuclear power plant. Now, if YOU had paid $28 billion for someone to take out your trash and properly store it so no one would accidentally get hurt by it, and 26 years later, the contractor still had not done it, wouldn’t you be mad?

True, some of the nuclear utilities have sued the U.S. government to get that money back and thus far they have retrieved about $2.6 billion. They could probably use those funds to ensure that their on-site storage facilities are safely maintained. But, they had to burn a lot of “people energy” and time and money on legal fees to do so.  More legal suits are still in the works and Washington continues to kick our country’s nuclear waste disposal issue down the road with occasional help kicking that can from entities, such as the Blue Ribbon Commission which has been studying alternatives to opening the doors at Yucca Mountain. 

Now, bless-their-hearts (I always say that about people who are forced to declare obviously wrong decisions) the folks at the U.S. Department of Energy, have come out and said that not only do the utilities still have to pay this fee, the DOE is not even going to adjust it down one little bit …! The utilities still have to continue to pay it – even though they continue to get nothing for it and no one else is getting anything either – certainly not the individuals like you and me paying monthly electric bills. 

WHAT?  How is this right? Plan and simple, it’s NOT.  It’s politics played to benefit the few, instead of benefitting everyone and the future of our energy security.  Would someone please pick up the can of the nuclear waste issue and quit kicking it down the road?
 Click here for a good background story   

Grizz Deal to speak on Small & Modular Reactors in London at NIA conference

What’s happening with Small & Modular Reactors now?  Find out when John R. Grizz Deal, CEO of IX Power LLC will provide an overview on the small modular reactors (SMR) industry at the Nuclear Industry Association’s “Near Term SMRs in the U.K.” event on January 30 in London.      

John R. Deal, aka “Grizz,” will sharing the latest information on Small & Modular Reactors at the NIA in London January 30, 2012.

The event will also feature presentations by industry luminaries such as  Lord John Hutton, Chairman of the NIA, and Alexander Bychkov, Deputy Director General at the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA). Sponsored by Eversheds, as a public service attendance the event is open to all for a nominal fee of GBP 75.  To register, send an email to Stephanie McKenna whose address is located on the NIA web site. 

IX Power is an safe energy and clean water technology innovation firm based in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Before starting IX Power, Deal was the CEO of Hyperion Power Generation for five years. He co-founded Hyperion, the first modern SMR company to approach the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission with its SMR concept, with Dr. Otis (Pete) Peterson, Dr. Robert Libutti, and Deborah Deal-Blackwell. The objective of Hyperion Power was to introduce a mass produced, self-contained 25MWe power reactor safe and compact enough to be shipped on the back of a truck after complete factory assembly. Now known as a design in the generation IV (Gen IV) class of reactors, the Hyperion reactor was created to bring safe, emission-free clean nuclear power to remote communities outside the U.S. and industrial and mining operations.

Before starting Hyperion, Deal served as the chief marketing officer for Space Imaging, and was the founder and CEO of LizardTech, one of the more successful company spinouts from a Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) technology transfer effort. Additionally, Deal served as Entrepreneur in Residence for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at Technology Ventures Corporation, and as Visiting Entrepreneur at LANL. Grizz founded seven firms based on U.S. DOE technologies and holds graduate and undergraduate science degrees in geography from Texas A&M University. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo. He is a frequent speaker and writer on energy technology and policy, product development, starting and growing advanced technology-based ventures, and issues in raising capital for such ventures.

IX Power is working with an international team of scientists and strategists to develop and bring to market a number of ground-breaking technologies including the IX Power OrganiClear system that removes dangerous organic hydrocarbons from water produced by oil & gas, mining, and industrial processes without creating a hydrocarbon waste stream. The company’s main offices are in Los Alamos, Washington, D.C., and London, England.

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What’s Next for Small Modular Reactors in the United States?

A number of countries have SMRs (Small Modular Reactors) under development.  Russia has been working on various models for some time and is famous for its RITM-200, the reactor powering its new nuclear icebreaker. Most recently South Korea announced that it has received its own state regulator approval for the SMART SMR and would soon be selling it around the world.  

Read the SEAB Subcommittee on SMRs report – link at the bottom of the page.

And, the U.S.?  The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy issued a Funding Announcement Opportunity (FOA) for a Small Modular Reactor Licensing Technical Support Program  back on March 22, 2012. This government-industry cost share program was  for the design certification and licensing of up to two light water SMRs. Several applied, recently only one – B&W’s mPower design – was awarded funding.

On April 3, 2012, just weeks after the original FOA from the DOE came out in March, but well before the award was made, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu charged the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) with creating a subcommittee to report on what the U.S. should do above and beyond the existing FOA for two light water reactors. Secretary Chu wrote, “The broad purpose of the SEAB subcommittee on SMRs is to advise the Secretary on ways to advance this technology to achieve a global leadership role in civil nuclear technology for the United States, and ways for DOE to accelerate that role.”

Specifically, Secretary Chu charged, “Looking beyond the current DOE program authorized by Congress and begun by the FOA, this SEAB Subcommittee will: (1) Identify areas in which standards for safety, security and nonproliferation should be developed for SMRs to enhance U.S. leadership in civil nuclear energy, and (2) Identify challenges, uncertainties and risks to commercialization and provide advice on policies and other approaches that may be appropriate to manage these risks and accelerate deployment in support of national goals.”

I attended the “open meeting” in the Spring and came back and put the question to several of the “Linked-In’ groups on nuclear power:  “What would you advise the SEAB subcommittee on SMRs?”

There was a huge response.  After the discussions had gone on for a couple of months, I gathered the input with everyone’s consent and contact information and sent it in one very long letter to Dr. Nicholas M. Donofrio, Chairman of the SMR subcommittee. Before Thanksgiving, I received a letter back thanking everyone who participated on “Linked-In” and with the link to the completed report that was approved by the SEAB main committee.  Here it is: Report from SEAB Subcommittee on SMRs.

In another blog entry – and maybe on Linked-In – we’ll discuss some of the contents of the report.  In the interim, thanks to everyone who participated in the discussion via the various nuclear groups back during the summer of 2012 …!  Keep speaking up!  Happy Holidays!

Again, here’s the pertinent links:

Report from SEAB Subcommittee on SMRs

The subcommittee’s original marching orders

The DOE’s web site on SMRs

IX Power CEO, John R. Grizz Deal to Brief World Nuclear Power Conference on Small Modular Reactor Industry

LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, 12 November 2012 – John R. Grizz Deal, CEO of IX Power LLC will be the featured speaker on the small modular reactors (SMR) industry at Europe’s World Nuclear Power Briefing in Warsaw, Poland. Deal will present “Applications for the use of Small Modular Reactors – What is in the Cards for the Future” at the two day event December 10 and 11. 

John R. Grizz Deal, CEO of IX Power LLC

IX Power is an energy and water technology innovation firm based in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Before starting IX Power, Deal was the CEO of Hyperion Power Generation for five years. He co-founded Hyperion, the first modern SMR company to approach the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission with its SMR concept, with Dr. Otis (Pete) Peterson, Dr. Robert Libutti, and Deborah Deal-Blackwell. The objective of Hyperion Power was to introduce a mass produced, self-contained 25MWe power reactor safe and compact enough to be shipped on the back of a truck after complete factory assembly. Now known as a design in the generation IV (Gen IV) class of reactors, the Hyperion reactor was created to bring safe, emission-free clean nuclear power to remote communities outside the U.S. and industrial and mining operations.

At Europe’s World Nuclear Power Briefing, Deal will present the current global inventory of frontrunner SMR designs and technology. He will discuss the application of SMRs, along with the implementation, licensing, safety, security, financial and the policy issues impacting their development.

Before starting Hyperion, Deal served as the chief marketing officer for Space Imaging, and was the founder and CEO of LizardTech, one of the more successful company spinouts from a Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) technology transfer effort. Additionally, Deal served as Entrepreneur in Residence for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at Technology Ventures Corporation, and as Visiting Entrepreneur at LANL. Grizz founded seven firms based on U.S. DOE technologies and holds graduate and undergraduate science degrees in geography from Texas A&M University. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo. He is a frequent speaker and writer on energy technology and policy, product development, starting and growing advanced technology-based ventures, and issues in raising capital for such ventures.

IX Power is working with an international team of scientists and strategists to develop and bring to market a number of ground-breaking technologies including the IX Power OrganiClear system that removes dangerous organic hydrocarbons from water produced by oil & gas, mining, and industrial processes without creating a hydrocarbon waste stream. The company’s main offices are in Los Alamos, Washington, D.C., and London, England.

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IX Power’s CEO, John R. Grizz Deal to Brief World Nuclear Power Conference on Small Modular Reactor Industry

LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, 12 November 2012 – John R. Grizz Deal, CEO of IX Power LLC will be the featured speaker on the small modular reactors (SMR) industry at Europe’s World Nuclear Power Briefingin Warsaw, Poland. Deal will present “Applications for the use of Small Modular Reactors – What is in the Cards for the Future” at the two day event December 10 and 11. 

John R. Grizz Deal, CEO, IX Power LLC

IX Power is an energy and water technology innovation firm based in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Before starting IX Power, Deal was the CEO of Hyperion Power Generation for five years. He co-founded Hyperion, the first modern SMR company to approach the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission with its SMR concept, with Dr. Otis (Pete) Peterson, Dr. Robert Libutti, and Deborah Deal-Blackwell. The objective of Hyperion Power was to introduce a mass produced, self-contained 25MWe power reactor safe and compact enough to be shipped on the back of a truck after complete factory assembly. Now known as a design in the generation IV (Gen IV) class of reactors, the Hyperion reactor was created to bring safe, emission-free clean nuclear power to remote communities outside the U.S. and industrial and mining operations.

At Europe’s World Nuclear Power Briefing, Deal will present the current global inventory of frontrunner SMR designs and technology. He will discuss the application of SMRs, along with the implementation, licensing, safety, security, financial and the policy issues impacting their development.

Before starting Hyperion, Deal served as the chief marketing officer for Space Imaging, and was the founder and CEO of LizardTech, one of the more successful company spinouts from a Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) technology transfer effort. Additionally, Deal served as Entrepreneur in Residence for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at Technology Ventures Corporation, and as Visiting Entrepreneur at LANL. Grizz founded seven firms based on U.S. DOE technologies and holds graduate and undergraduate science degrees in geography from Texas A&M University. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo. He is a frequent speaker and writer on energy technology and policy, product development, starting and growing advanced technology-based ventures, and issues in raising capital for such ventures.

IX Power is working with an international team of scientists and strategists to develop and bring to market a number of ground-breaking technologies including the IX Power OrganiClear system that removes dangerous organic hydrocarbons from water produced by oil & gas, mining, and industrial processes without creating a hydrocarbon waste stream. The company’s main offices are in Los Alamos, Washington, D.C., and London, England.

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“Dark Knight Rises” Batman movie does infant SMR industry no favors

 I’ve seen all the other Batman movies, so, I asked my own “silver knight” to take me to see The Dark Knight Rises. Pretty good movie! 

The Dark Knight Rises did the nuclear industry no favors!  See it and cringe!

The Dark Knight Rises did the nuclear industry no favors! See it and cringe!

(WARNING: Spoiler Alert)

But, I couldn’t believe it …Holy Plot Twist Batman! I cringed when we got to the part where they introduced the little nuclear reactor.  ACK! The Nolan Brothers had written in Wayne Enterprises Applied Science Division developing an SMR (Small Modular nuclear power Reactor) that was used by the bad guys to threaten Gotham. In the movie, the bad guys gain access to the SMR and had a scientist magically presto changeo TURN IT INTO A FUSION NUCLEAR BOMB in what seemed like a turn of a screw, and in the space of a few minutes.  As the movie progressed, and I became sore from my date nudging me with his elbow, darn it if the characters didn’t flip the sucker onto the back of the truck and drive around Gotham with it …!

GROAN!  CRINGE!  I know it’s just a movie and YOU know it’s just a movie, but golly, gosh darn, The Dark Knight Rises sure doesn’t help the rise of the fledging SMR industry!  

Fusion?! Ack!  Fusion bomb?! Ack!  Quickly retrofitting a power reactor to be a bomb?! Ack!  Throwing it in a truck and driving it around the city?!  

Double Ack! The fairy tale spun further and further out of control. I wanted to bang my head on the seat in front of me. I don’t recall any other recent movies featuring a small nuclear power being turned into a bomb, and I sure wish this one had not.

Holy Toledo Batman! The big weapon in The Dark Knight Rises is a FICTITIOUS fusion reactor that's quickly converted into a bomb! (Not going to happen, folks. No worries!)

Holy Toledo Batman! The big weapon in The Dark Knight Rises is a FICTITIOUS fusion reactor that's quickly converted into a bomb! (Not going to happen, folks. No worries!)

Misconceptions about nuclear power abound today. Misconceptions and fear about SMRs, I’m afraid, will no doubt skyrocket after everyone gets around to seeing this movie.  If you ask me, the release of this Batman flick hands the Union of Concerned Scientists a loaded Batpistol to scare the uninformed majority into opposing the development of SMRs. 

This movie could be a pain in the collective butts of those of us who believe SMRs have a place in the future of clean energy for our planet and may come back to haunt the nuclear industry – for both big and small power reactors.  I’m pretty sure it will – just as sure as at the end of every Batman movie, the dark knight rises.

We DO approve of the motorcycle, however. Here I am borrowing it. Len wants one for Christmas. I said I would get the wheels for him, but not the reactor ....

We DO approve of the motorcycle, however. Here I am borrowing it. Len wants one for Christmas. I said I would get the wheels for him, but not the reactor ...

Deborah Deal-Blackwell

Lots of comments on Small Modular Reactors – join in!

 

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There’s a hot discussion, with lots of good input, on SMRs that’s on the Linked-In group page “Nuclear Power – the Next Generation” Group. The discussion has been going on for some time now and is buried in the back. Anyone new to this group would not know its going on – so I’m just providing a little heads -up here and a direct link to the discussion…

IX Power is going to run off all the comments and send them over to the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB), Small Modular Reactor Subcommittee (SMR) at the U.S. DOE  (Department of Energy).  This subcommittee apparently began its work in March 2012 and is to report back to the parent SEAB by this coming October. We will run off the comments at the end of June.

Any questions, just let us know!  Thank you!  Background on the SEAB follows below …

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IX Power Names Dr. Otis (Pete) Peterson Chief Nuclear Reactor Designer

LOS ALAMOS, NEW MEXICO, June 18, 2012 — IX Power CEO John R (Grizz) Deal announced today that Dr. Otis (Pete) Peterson has been named Chief Nuclear Reactor Designer at the firm. According to Deal, Dr. Peterson’s first assignment in his new role will be to lead a global team evaluating medium-size nuclear reactor designs for commercialization by IX Power.

Dr. Peterson was a co-founder and the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) at Hyperion Power Generation (now Gen4 Energy), which was founded in May 2007 by Deal, Peterson, Dr. Robert L. (Bob) Libutti, and Deborah Deal-Blackwell. Peterson’s revolutionary work in small reactor designs laid the foundation for Hyperion Power’s product offering which provided many in the United States, including members of Congress, with their first introduction to what would come to be known as SMRs: Small Modular Reactors.

In September 2011, Peterson, along with the other Hyperion Power co-founders plus Randall Wilson, former CFO and COO of Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC) formed IX Power to commercialize safe power and clean water technologies from U.S., U.K., and Russian national Laboratories.

“We are obviously pleased Dr. Peterson can focus 100% of his efforts on IX Power now,” said IX Power companies CEO John R. (Grizz) Deal. “His contributions and efforts to the nuclear power industry are one of the principal reasons there is now a modern, commercial Small and Modular Reactor (SMR) category of nuclear power plants.”

Since the inception of IX Power last summer, Dr. Peterson has been focused on evaluating and validating dozens of innovations at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). IX Power has a long-term Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with LANL for power and water technologies and is launching three LANL innovations during 2012 as fully developed products.

IX Power and the IX Power Foundation were formed to jump-start solutions to the global need for safe power and clean water. Bringing an experienced world-class team and technologies from U.S., U.K., and Russian national laboratories, the company is incorporating both fresh and proven innovations to create advanced solutions that can be rapidly developed and deployed. The IX Power team has been commercializing new technologies for over 20 years; turning ideas into products, securing “lead-launch” customers, and providing a platform to grow product lines into complete enterprises.

The company is based in Los Alamos, New Mexico, U.S.A. Its international headquarters is located in London and run by Dr. Edward (Ned) Swan.

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Iran is working on a nuclear submarine! What do you think?

Eeeek!  A loophole …!  Who decided that nuclear submarines were for “civilian use?”   

Does the rest of the world want Iran to have one of these?

Iran says it is justified in the production of highly enriched uranium because it is needed for the country’s nuclear submarines. It says that using nuclear power to fuel submarines is among the civilian uses of the nuclear technology and so it has a right to develop the submarines.

Ack! Is this justification justified? Should nuclear submarines be considered a “civilian use” of nuclear technology? Is this a bad loophole that needs to be closed? What do you think?

Here are some of the news reports:    The Telegraph

Wall Street Journal 

The Times of India