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Global Nuclear Fuel gets approval for fuel enriched up to 8 percent U-235
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Global Nuclear Fuel gets approval for fuel enriched up to 8 percent U-235

"With the NRC’s approval of GNF’s fuel fabrication license amendment, the company’s manufacturing facility in Wilmington, N.C., becomes the first commercial facility in the United States to hold a license to fabricate fuel containing up to 8 percent U-235, according to GE Vernova. The NRC has issued a certificate of compliance allowing GNF to ship fuel bundles using the company’s RAJ-II shipping container. The agency has also approved licensing topical reports for advanced nuclear methods that will permit GNF to analyze fuel with enrichments above the 5 percent U-235 limit for conventional low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel."

First electric cars. Next, electric factories?
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First electric cars. Next, electric factories?

"For temperatures of up to 200°C, the technology attracting most attention is not the electric kettle but the industrial heat pump. Heat pumps, like refrigerators, move heat from one place to another. In a fridge the heat is removed from the inside (keeping the contents cooler) and dumped outside (making the kitchen a little warmer). Heat pumps, which are becoming increasingly common for domestic heating, take heat from outside and move it inside. Because the amount of energy needed to move heat this way is lower than the amount needed to heat things up directly, this can lead to big energy savings. And as the technology improves and sales increase, prices are falling."

Wyoming Hits the Rare-Earth Mother Lode
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Wyoming Hits the Rare-Earth Mother Lode

"Smart resource regulation is of course necessary, but we know more today than we ever have about how to protect the environment while powering a diverse economy. If the U.S. refuses to press its natural advantages, it will cede global leadership to China."

Wall Street warms to climate tech
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Wall Street warms to climate tech

"Last April, the private equity giant Apollo became one of the first mainstream investment firms to take an interest in helping climate tech firms navigate the valley of death. That term refers to the phase in an industrial technology company’s development when it needs more money than venture capitalists can offer to reach commercial scale, but it remains too speculative for a bank loan. (Climate software startups, which don’t need to build massive infrastructure projects to scale up, don’t face the same funding challenges.)"

Scientists just set a nuclear fusion record in a step toward unleashing the limitless, clean energy source
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Scientists just set a nuclear fusion record in a step toward unleashing the limitless, clean energy source

"The experiment is the last of its kind for JET, which has operated for more than 40 years. Its last experiment — and new record — is promising news for newer fusion projects, said Ambrogio Fasoli, CEO of EUROfusion, the consortium of 300 experts behind the experiment. He pointed to ITER, the world’s biggest tokamak being built in southern France, and DEMO, a machine planned to follow ITER with the aim of producing a higher amount of energy, like a fusion plant prototype."

February 8, 2024February 8, 2024CNN in Tech
Can scientists save your morning cup of coffee?
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Can scientists save your morning cup of coffee?

"Temperatures are rising and rainfall patterns shifting across South America, central Africa and South-East Asia, where most of the world’s coffee is grown. By the end of the century between 35% and 75% of the coffee-growing land in Brazil, the world’s biggest producer, could be unusable, according to a recent paper published in Science of the Total Environment by Cássia Gabriele Dias, an agricultural engineer at the Federal University of Itajubá, in Brazil."

Hate Your Heating Bill? The New Heat Pumps Could Help
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Hate Your Heating Bill? The New Heat Pumps Could Help

"A heat pump is a home heating and cooling system with an outdoor compressor that extracts the tiny amount of heat energy that exists in cold outdoor air, concentrates it and then pumps it indoors using a refrigerant and a heat exchange system. From there, fans circulate warm air throughout the house through ducts or units similar to wall-mounted radiators."

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