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A Princeton Micro-Reactor

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The Nuclear Tiger

Princeton University has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

We believe that goal is far too modest. The technology exists today to reduce Princeton’s carbon emissions to 80-90% *below* 1990 levels, well before 2020. A Gen4 small-scale nuclear reactor is now being commercialized which is completely sealed and maintenance-free.

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Princeton Cogeneration

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Princeton has its own steam plant and gas-fired generator as part of a 1996 cogeneration facility which received a U.S. EPA Energy Star award in 2007.  But because PSE&G generates half its electricity from nuclear power, the carbon emissions attributable to Princeton’s energy use would decrease if it bought all its power from PSE&G instead [...]

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Terrorists and dirty bombs and proliferation, oh my!

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The Hyperion reactor is designed to be extremely safe in unattended operation.  It does not have the most common failure mechanisms of conventional pressurized light-water reactor designs. So the biggest risk may be deliberate sabotage.  It’s been suggested that terrorists might attempt to blow it up, as a big “dirty bomb”.  Here’s how to prevent [...]

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Fukushima

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Does Fukushima change our minds? No. While we sympathize with the Japanese national tragedy, what happened at Fukushima cannot occur with a small modular reactor.

Learn more about the consequences of nuclear power accidents compared to accidents and natural catastrophes with coal and hydro:
A Rational Environmentalist’s Guide to Nuclear Power

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New Study Refutes Linear No-Threshold (LNT) Theory

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The standard principle of radiation protection in the US is the Linear No-Threshold theory.   New work at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows LNT is incorrect by directly imaging the DNA repair activity in living cells, creating a time-lapse movie of the cell’s response to varying doses of radiation. Says co-author Dr. Mina Bissell:  “Our [...]

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Meet Ted Rockwell ’43 *45

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For those who don’t already know of him, Ted Rockwell (Princeton class of 1943) has an extraordinary history in nuclear technology.  He worked in the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge, TN, then became Technical Director of the program to build the nuclear Navy.  He has received Distinguished Service Medals from both the Navy and the [...]

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Did You Know?

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Just over half of NJ’s electricity is generated by nuclear power, the 4th highest percentage of all states.  Vermont is highest at almost 80%. Swords into plowshares: about 10% of US electricity is generated from fuel recycled out of former Soviet nuclear warheads.

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