Tennesee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Unit 2 Timeline

Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA’s) Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear plant went critical on May 23rd of this year and synched to the grid for the first time earlier this month.  This is the first commercial nuclear plant to come online in the US in quite some time.  The last newly built reactor to enter service was TVA’s Watts Bar Unit 1, in 1996.  This article illustrates the Unit 2 timeline; hi-lighting the major steps and has some pretty cool pictures.  Check it out and feel free to leave a...

Advancing Small Mobile and Modular Nuclear Reactors for External Power Distribution

This is a very interesting article which shows the diversity of China’s nuclear movement.  Small mobile reactors are common with regard to nuclear powered ships and submarines.  However, the Chinese are on several nuclear roadways and this one is unique in that they’re developing a mobile modular nuclear plant that is meant for external power distribution.  Additionally, they are exploring several reactor types besides the light water reactor, such as: fast reactors, molten salt and thorium....