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One Critical Aspect of the Nuclear Industry: Knowledge Sharing

After forty-plus years in the US Nuclear industry, I’ve come to realize that I’ve been lucky to work in an industry that has been shaped by a culture of knowledge sharing. Unlike many other industries that are protective of their business processes and information in order to be competitive in the markets they operate in, …

Winning Hearts and Minds for Nuclear Power – Net Zero by 2050

The Current Situation  The commercial nuclear power industry has one major problem – the lack of understanding by non-nuclear educated individuals. There is no doubt that the commercial nuclear power industry perception took a negative hit after the Fukushima disaster that occurred on March 11, 2011.  Most articles classify this event as a nuclear disaster, …

The Stress of the Final Exam

When I look back on my initial license training program to obtain my Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) license, I recall the intense amount of plant information and tasks I needed to learn just to be able to pass the final NRC exam.  Over three decades ago, the SRO operating exam consisted …

Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) – What the future will look like?

Imagine a future where; the majority of our power consumed worldwide has been generated with almost no carbon footprint, the oceans are used to solve water shortages, remote villages and towns around the globe have access to a safe, reliable steady-state electrical power, or a carbon-free portable power source that can be placed anywhere a …

3 Nuclear Industry Events to Attend This Year

Throughout the years, I have attended many nuclear industry events, symposiums, conferences, and meetings in the US and around the world. I always enjoy sharing my experiences, ideas, and passion with an audience who could help achieve our nuclear industry goals. On the other hand, talking to some who do not share the same views …

Five Nuclear Education Trends in 2022

It is interesting to reflect on how far education and training have come in the last two years. The pandemic threw face-to-face classroom instruction into a realm of impossibility, and a terrifying realization presented itself to instructors. We were not prepared. The pandemic forced educational technology (EdTech) to center stage in Nuclear Education as well …

The Nuclear Power Expansion: Going Global

What do you do when an industry is faced with a lower-cost alternative, unfavorable government policy, and increased competition due to plant closures?  You look to other emerging markets that are embracing the technology that you support.  In our case, we decided to be a part of the nuclear renaissance and expansion that is happening …

Increase Your Initial Operator Licensing Training Scores Today by 8%

We’re back for another installment of our Innovation journey. During the latest Utility Working Conference, Accelerant Solutions led a track dedicated to innovative ways to improving and developing the workforce, with knowledge retention and transfer being key aspects of the message. In partnership with Tecnatom, S.A., the newest development in our PLANT™ authoring tool integrates …

The Next Generation of Commercial Reactors

When I started my nuclear career at Seabrook Station in 1981, the facility was under construction. I was concerned that the industry was going to be severely challenged because of the Three Mile Island (TMI) accident that occurred in 1979. Over the years, I was impressed by the resiliency of our industry and the progress …

Sub-Critical Thinking in the Nuclear Industry

More than 20 years ago, I stumbled into the nuclear power field, almost by chance, but now I know it was the beginning of a calling. This industry has been a part of my entire adult life and I love it. I have met and continue to meet some of the most intelligent, inspirational, and …