At ClearPath, we believe the United States of America must lead the world in developing and commercializing advanced nuclear reactors that are smaller, safer, cleaner, cheaper, more efficient and scalable than conventional power technologies.
How nuclear fuel is created and deployed is complex and often misunderstood; this article provides a high-level, broad explanation of how low enriched uranium nuclear fuel is currently made and a short introduction to innovative fuel alternatives.
U.S. and global climate and clean power goals won’t be achievable without existing and next-generation nuclear generation. The scale of global environmental challenges demands that we continue developing and improving on a range of low-carbon options.
ClearPath’s policy chief Jeremy Harrell and nuclear expert Spencer Nelson dive into why Congress is so focused on building a versatile test reactor, which can handle energy neutrons far faster than traditional reactors, as China and Russia are trying to corner the global market.
The next generation of American nuclear power is going to rest largely on the shoulders of the private sector, as it should. But the Department of Energy will continue to play an essential enabling role in nuclear.
While there’s still a lot of work to be done, bipartisan support for nuclear continues to grow and there are more advanced nuclear companies actively engaging the NRC than ever before. The future for advanced nuclear is bright, as long as we don’t stand in the way.
Nuclear power is the largest source of clean energy in the United States. In 2018, nuclear plants generated 19% of all the electricity in America. That makes nuclear energy the largest source of low-carbon electricity. Despite its benefits, some extreme environmental groups and their allies have consistently undermined its growth. American nuclear power production has…
Nuclear energy development peaked in the 1970s and 1980s, and most of our current reactors began in those two decades. Increased regulation and opposition from environmental groups and their allies have contributed to the slowdown in nuclear energy growth. Nuclear development in the U.S. has virtually flat-lined for the past three decades and continues to face huge challenges.
President Trump’s move to fill a needed quorum at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission couldn’t come at a more crucial time. Why does this matter so much? Well, it’s complicated. We explain – in just over three minutes no less – in the first in our series of digital whiteboard videos.
It’s not easy to tell a complicated story in 30 seconds, which is what policy debates seem to be timed these days. However, nuclear’s history tells a lengthy story, and a fascinating one at that. And it’s not a history solely about nuclear. It’s about American industry.
The nuclear energy industry complicated and interconnected, which makes it’s survival needs similar to this snake. All the pieces must survive. Together the whole can truly live and thrive. Which is why nuclear is at a crossroads, a crisis point, where the industry must innovate or die. As a regulated industry, nuclear innovation depends on policy. And to get policy, we need to tell our story.