Net-Zero grid, net-zero buildings, net-zero housing, net-zero climate goals. We hear these phrases all over the place nowadays. They are meant to be the gold standard for environmental conscientiousness and progressive planning. And they are. That's the problem. A net outcome is a term most often used in economic considerations where all inputs and outputs... Continue Reading →
The Future is Not for the Timid
I know I was supposed to be continuing with my series on Heat and the neat tricks nuclear reactors of all sizes use to manage it. However, it turns out that trying to condense a field of study that has been Vigourously worked with for over 200 years and has become basically the foundation of... Continue Reading →
Craftsmanship and High-Energy Society
I'm a tech guy. I like my sci-fi and my computers and my mass produced conveniences. But I also love stuff like this: https://youtu.be/4x0f2b_0kn0 I wish I could be half as excited about my work as this guy is. I encourage you to watch this as I'll be referencing parts of it through this article.... Continue Reading →
Power pt 3: Flexibility and Resilience
Oh man this one is a lot longer than I expected. But it's been simmering for like 2 months so maybe it's time? Who cares, let's dive in. Connecting the Dispersed So in this final portion of our series on Power and some of the less obvious aspects about it, we want to talk about... Continue Reading →
Power Pt 2: Centralization vs. Dispersion
Spreading Out the Power to Make Power So we asked last time how we might be able to prevent the accumulation of power generation in a small number of hands in order to involve more people in the choice of which direction to point society. The idea of decentralizing or "democratizing" energy generation came up... Continue Reading →
Power Pt. 1: The Ability to do Work
What is the purpose of Power? It doesn't matter if it is something physical like electricity, or something more esoteric like the authority wielded by politicians, business leaders, or even church leaders. The purpose of Power has always been to affect change on the world around you. In other words, it is the ability to... Continue Reading →
Spotlight: Ultra Safe Nuclear Corp.
Allrighty time to give my journalism muscles another attempted flex with the second installment in our Spotlight series about nuclear production companies, This time focused on Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation. Science and Entrepreneurship Just look at that dapper gentleman. Earlier this week I had the pleasure of chatting with Mark Mitchell, a very pleasant South... Continue Reading →
Radiation Damage: Biology is just Physics with lots of extra steps right?
You can't see it, you can't feel it, you can't smell it, and you can only tell where it is either by its effect or by specialized detecting equipment. It's easy to understand the fear and hesitancy when it comes to radiation exposure. I can't do much to try and fight that kind of fear.... Continue Reading →
Energy Intensity: The Futures We See
I've been getting bummed out lately. It's been feeling like all I 'm doing here is playing catch up to old ideas and old arguments against nuclear energy. That aggravates me because it means that we have lost control over the direction of the conversation. If we want the conversation to change, then we have... Continue Reading →
The Alberta Oil Life: Ubiquity and the Road to Zero Carbon
Medical implants, food packaging, cellphones, athletic apparel, dress shoes, paper, screws, nails, water bottles, car tires, video games, beach umbrellas, sandpaper, headphones, cancer drugs, recreational drugs, painkillers, colostomy bags, hospital beds, regular beds, fishing lines, boats, cosplay costumes, comic books, coloured inks, paint, shopping carts, musical instruments, concert hall chairs, pens, stress balls, tennis balls,... Continue Reading →
A Stranger in a Strange Conference #EDU2019
Energy Disrupters Unite 2019. A smaller conference in an important city in an important province in a country that I love, even with it's problems. Here I spent 2 days listening to some of the most driven, and insightful people I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Their talks wandered over and through... Continue Reading →
A Nuclear Nerd Presents to the Edmonton Energy Transition Leadership Network
Foreward: So I didn't post on friday last week because I was busy writing a presentation. It was not in fact this presentation that is below, it was an entirely different one that I determined was crap and scrapped late friday night. Thus forcing me to build this new one from scratch 4 days before... Continue Reading →
The Next Steps for ANN
Hello to everyone, Almost since I started ANN people have reached out to either myself or Alberta Nuclear Nucleus in general and expressed interest in our goals and asked if there was anything they could do to help. And up until now, my answer was always, "not yet, but soon". Well, Soon has finally arrived.... Continue Reading →
Base-load, Intermittent, and Energy Storage: The Use of Tools.
https://twitter.com/PhysWiz/status/1159424165297963009?s=20 Even if you aren't a pro-nuclear person, I'm sure you might have seen the argument that nuclear cannot load follow being used somewhere online. And then probably using that as a reason why we should be moving to a renewable mixture of wind and solar backed by storage. I never realized how self-defeating it... Continue Reading →
Nuclear Energy: When Free Markets Aren’t.
Also known as "if renewables are so cheap, why is my energy bill so high?" Here in Alberta we've been hearing for a long time about how cheap renewables are. Solar projects coming online at under 5 cents per kWh. Wind bids at 2 cents per kWh! So why does my electricity bill still say... Continue Reading →
Nuclear Safety: Sophistication vs. Capability, A Metaphor.
So I've found that talking about nuclear safety doesn't really resonate with people. Whether it's because they think that it's far too complicated and immediately file it under "too much work" or because they might actually recognize how much work goes into it, thus putting it in the "it will just work" folder of their... Continue Reading →
The Efficiency Paradox: Envisioning a No Guilt, No Holds Barred Future.
How many of you have ever upgraded your washing machine, or dryer, or dishwasher to a new, high efficiency model? Or maybe you remember your parents doing so when you were younger? And now how many of you remember that you started using it more than you used the old one? Yes my lovelies. Make... Continue Reading →
Fuel: Energy and growth without sacrifice?
We all know what fuel is. Almost literally to the point that none of us actually knows what fuel is. Like the colour red, or microwaves, or bread (my condolences to people with Celiac disease). It's such a pervasive part of our lives that we barely even question it anymore. But that's a problem as... Continue Reading →
Economics of Nuclear: How to avoid Nickel and Diming
I have been told that I seem to have a standard method of opening with a seemingly contradictory statement to my general goal of promoting nuclear power and then suverting it either immediately or over the whole course of the article. Well since I am a creature of habit I feel no need to change... Continue Reading →
Okay so I believe you now. What can I do?
This is where the fun stuff really happens. And by fun I mean tedious, and by happens I mean crawls along at the snails pace of provincial bureaucracy and politics. Unfortunately however, there is only one way of pushing along the progress of promoting nuclear energy into mainstream acceptance and that is by pestering every... Continue Reading →
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