Why Our World In Data is wrong on nuclear safety

Our World in Data (OWID) is a valuable resource on the big problems that face our world: poverty, disease, hunger, climate change, war, existential risks, and inequality. Their energy coverage overall is great, but they badly got something wrong and I need to talk about that. I’m specifically referring to the article titled What are… Continue reading Why Our World In Data is wrong on nuclear safety

The Hinkley Point C cost rise: a mixed bag

A 3D model of Hinkley Point C, shared by the UK government under the Open Government Licence 3.0

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Two notes on Sabine Hossenfelders latest video on the cost and build time of nuclear

Today science communicator Sabine Hossenfelder published a video on why nuclear energy is, in the West, more expensive and takes longer to build compared to, for example, solar and wind – and why it doesn’t actually matter that much. First of all, I’ll embed the video as I really think you should give it a… Continue reading Two notes on Sabine Hossenfelders latest video on the cost and build time of nuclear

The three cases for SMRs

A rendering of a plant based on Rolls-Royce's SMR (Image: Rolls-Royce)

In early November news broke that NuScale faced a setback. The Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) pulled the plug on an already scaled down six-unit plant. This brings up the question of the business case of small modular reactors. Is the hype justified, or an empty shell about to burst? I’m going to make… Continue reading The three cases for SMRs

What is our plan for 2100?

AI generated image of a nuclear future

A topic that comes back again and again is how nuclear can’t help get us to zero CO2 emissions as it is ‘too slow’. After all, Olkiluoto-3 only got into commercial production last month after the build was started in August 2005, and Vogtle 3 and 4 are in the final stages of starting up… Continue reading What is our plan for 2100?

Nuclear energy is clean

The argument is well known: nuclear power causes pollution with nuclear waste for many millennia. Our children’s children may not even know how dangerous it all is, they say. Let’s tackle this argument once and for all: nuclear waste is not an actual problem. On the frontend Before discussing the waste itself, it makes sense… Continue reading Nuclear energy is clean