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What will the Future Bring for Nuclear Power?

June 14, 2019

If you live in the Western World, you probably think that nuclear power is a thing of the…
World War II Nazi Artifact at Work at PNNL

June 5, 2019

Heisenberg Cube now helps prevent nuclear materials smuggling. Since PNNL has its roots in Hanford and the Manhattan Project, perhaps…
PNNL working with medical isotope producers to ensure continued effectiveness of nuclear explosion monitoring

January 24, 2019

Medical isotope production can mimic signatures of nuclear explosions Medical isotopes are used daily around the world to…
America’s oldest operating nuclear power plant to retire on Monday

September 17, 2018

The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, located 50 miles east of Philadelphia in Forked River, New Jersey, is scheduled…
Blast tube tests at Sandia simulate shock wave conditions nuclear weapons could face

September 11, 2018

You can learn a lot from a blast tube. You can learn more when you couple blast experiments…
Seawater yields first grams of yellowcake

June 15, 2018

For the first time, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and LCW Supercritical Technologies have created five grams…
From A-bombs to Zika: Virginia Tech institute to guide planning for major disaster scenarios

February 8, 2018

What would happen if a nuclear device were detonated in downtown Washington, D.C., and what can be done…
Chinese Nuclear Plant Welding Defects Were Known

December 21, 2017

Construction at China’s Taishan Nuclear Power Plant has derailed due to a faulty deaerator. Even though the boiler…
Physics researchers eye experimental box as key to tracking nuclear activity by rogue nations

August 3, 2017

Researchers at the Virginia Tech College of Science are carrying out a research project at Dominion Power’s North…
U.S. nuclear capacity and generation expected to decline as existing generators retire

May 15, 2017

Nuclear power currently accounts for about 20% of electricity generation in the United States, playing an important role…
The world’s largest nuclear plants differ by age, number of reactors, and utilization

February 8, 2017

There are currently 449 operating nuclear reactors in 31 countries, with a total installed generating capacity of more…
Recent increases in global nuclear capacity led by Asia

September 29, 2016

Global nuclear capacity reached 383 gigawatts (GW) in 2015, driven primarily by nuclear additions in Asia. Currently, 31…
Five and a half years after Fukushima, 3 of Japan’s 54 nuclear reactors are operating

September 14, 2016

Since the accident at Fukushima Daiichi in March 2011 and the subsequent shutdown of nuclear reactors in Japan,…
First new U.S. nuclear reactor in almost two decades set to begin operating

June 17, 2016

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Watts Bar Unit 2 was connected to the power grid on June 3,…
Study: Fukushima disaster was preventable

September 26, 2015

The worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown never should have happened, according to a new study.…
CU-Boulder awarded $3 million for transformational power plant cooling technology

August 26, 2015

The University of Colorado Boulder has received a $3 million federal grant to develop cooling technology that will…
China will soon surpass South Korea, Russia, and Japan in nuclear generating capacity

July 21, 2015

Nuclear power currently makes up slightly more than 2% of China’s total power generation. However, the Chinese government…
A Brief History of Nukes in Space

June 26, 2015

In just a few short weeks, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will make its historic flyby of Pluto and…
Japan plans to restart some nuclear plants in 2015 after Fukushima shutdown

February 12, 2015

Previously one of the world’s largest producers of nuclear-generated electricity, Japan has relied heavily on fossil fuels following…
Exploring the Universe with Nuclear Power

February 2, 2015

In the past four decades, NASA and other space agencies from around the world have accomplished some amazing…
Research could improve nuclear power plant safety – and stop your kettle furring up

December 8, 2014

Taking inspiration from nature, researchers have created a versatile model to predict how stalagmite-like structures form in nuclear…
Next-generation nuclear reactors that use radioactive waste materials as fuel

September 1, 2014

Hitachi announced today that they have begun joint research with three American universities aimed at using Transuranium Elements…
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