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Evelyn Mullen named American Nuclear Society Fellow | US Department of Energy Science News

13-Oct-2020

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Evelyn Mullen, chief operating officer for Global Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory, was named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society.


LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Oct. 13, 2020–Evelyn Mullen, chief operating officer for Global Security at Los Alamos National Laboratory, was named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society for her leadership in nuclear national security and ensuring the nation’s experimental capability in nuclear criticality.

“For more than 25 years, Evelyn Mullen has displayed outstanding leadership in nuclear and radiological threat response,” said Nancy Jo Nicholas, associate Laboratory director for Global Security at Los Alamos. “She has provided intellectual leadership for planning and executing science and technology for nuclear nonproliferation, detection, render safe, and attribution; foreign nuclear weapon analysis; and nuclear detonation response and recovery issues. Being named an ANS Fellow is a well-deserved honor for someone who has contributed so much to the field.”

Mullen was instrumental in developing plans for new diagnostic capabilities for subcritical plutonium-integrated experiments at the Nevada National Security Site that will become operational in 2025. Furthermore, she currently leads a major effort for recovery from a radiation source accident in Seattle, Wash.

Mullen joined Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1992. She holds bachelor and master of science degrees in nuclear engineering and is a registered professional engineer in the State of New Mexico. She currently serves on the Army Science Board. Mullen has volunteered with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation on the scholarship and grants committees for many years and is a founding member of the Legacy Society. Mullen is also a founding member of the Los Alamos Community Foundation and has been recognized by the Los Alamos Engineering Council with their community service award.

Established in 1954, the American Nuclear Society is an international professional organization of engineers and scientists devoted to the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. Its more than 9,500 members represent government, academia, research laboratories, medical facilities, and private industry. ANS’s mission is to advance, foster, and spur the development and application of nuclear science, engineering, and technology to benefit society.


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About Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is managed by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

 

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UK Government Sees Future Energy Mix Involving Small Nuclear Reactors, But Financing Remains Obstacle

KEY POINTS

  • A  nine-member association of companies have pledged to build 16 small nuclear power stations by 2050
  • Each mini reactor would be in operation for up to 60 years and provide 440 megawatts of electricity per year
  • The program is expected to create 40,000 jobs.

The British government is considering investing 2 billion pounds sterling ($2.6 billion) to help build small nuclear reactors as part of London’s overall strategy of developing cleaner energy and achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The financing program – details of which have yet to be finalized, Bloomberg reported – would involve the government buying an equity stake in various new small nuclear stations across the country. Smaller reactors, as the government envisions, may be a more economical strategy to build up nuclear power in the country.

Indeed, a nine-member consortium of companies, including Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc and construction giant Laing O’Rourke Plc, have pledged to build 16 small nuclear power stations by 2050 on existing nuclear sites. This program is expected to create 40,000 jobs.

Each mini reactor would be in operation for up to 60 years and provide 440 megawatts of electricity per year — enough to power the city of Leeds (a city of 480,000 people), Financial Times reported.

The government’s funds “should deliver sufficient cash to get the consortium through building the factories and well on the way to construction of power stations prior to finding more money from other sources,” a source told FT.

“Nuclear power will play a key role in the U.K.’s future energy mix as we transition to a low-carbon economy, including through our investments in small and advanced modular reactors,” a spokesperson for the Prime Minister said.

The government’s initial investment would be part of the first tranche to construct five such small nuclear stations.

“There is a broad strategic commitment and the way in which the finance is arrived at and categorized are questions for further debate,” Energy Minister Kwsai Kwarteng said at the Conservative Party conference on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is a big supporter of nuclear power and renewable energy. At the Conservative Party conference on Tuesday, he vowed the U.K. will become a “world leader in low-cost clean power generation.”

“Imagine that future – with high-skilled, green-collar jobs in wind, in solar, in nuclear, in hydrogen and in carbon capture and storage,” Johnson said.

The U.K. currently has just one large-scale new nuclear project in the pipeline – the Sizewell C plant in Suffolk, which is expected to be built by French utility Electricite de France SA, or EDF.

While the U.K. government said it is committed to nuclear energy, further plant construction will depend upon financing and eager investors.

“In Sizewell C we think we have the design, a supply chain and industry and what we need now is a funding model,” said Simone Rossi, chief executive officer of EDF’s U.K. subsidiary.

If EDF can secure a mix of government and private funding, it hopes to begin construction of

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U.K. Government Weighs Equity Stake in New Nuclear Plants

(Bloomberg) — The U.K. government is considering taking an equity stake in new nuclear stations as part of the financing measures being put forward to try to get at least one more project built.

The U.K. Treasury is looking at having “a portion of equity from the government being invested” as a way of backing nuclear energy, Energy Minister Kwsai Kwarteng said on a panel at the ruling Conservative Party conference..

“It would be unrealistic” to say that all the finance questions have been resolved, he said. “There is a broad strategic commitment and the way in which the finance is arrived at and categorized are questions for further debate.”

Britain’s pipeline of nuclear projects has shrunk to just one — Electricite de France SA’s Sizewell C. The government says it’s committed to nuclear as a low carbon form of generation but whether any more stations are built hinges on finding a finance model that’s palatable to investors.

“In Sizewell C we think we have the design, a supply chain and industry and what we need now is a funding model,” said Simone Rossi, chief executive officer of EDF’s U.K. arm.

What the U.K. does next on nuclear should become clear when the long-awaited government white paper is published in a few weeks that’ll spell out future plans for the sector. Separately, the results of a consultation looking at financing options are expected.

While the so-called regulated asset base model garnered initial support, ministers have been considering other options for months that could include taking a stake in projects.

An equity stake taken by the government would “cut the cost of capital for new nuclear power stations,” said Tom Greatrex, chief executive officer of the Nuclear Industry Association. “Setting out a new financing model is vital to progress the new nuclear projects we need to create jobs and hit net zero.”

This isn’t the first time the British government has offered to take an equity stake in a nuclear plant. In 2019, the U.K.’s offer to Hitachi Ltd. included taking a third of the equity in the 20 billion-pound ($26 billion) project. That didn’t prove generous enough for the company to attract the private sector investment it needed and the plug was finally pulled on the Wylfa project last month.

The white paper is also expected to outline support for small modular reactors suitable for powering manufacturing. So far, the government’s investment in this industry has been nominal with the technology still at the demonstration stage.

Britain’s Nuclear Projects

Project Name Size (GW) Partners Status Comments
Hinkley Point C 3.2 EDF, CGN Under construction On track to start generating 2025, costing 22.5 billion pounds. Construction financed by EDF. Government guaranteed price for power sold from plant.
Sizewell C 3.2 EDF, CGN Waiting for planning permission Reactor design based on Hinkley plant. EDF looking for ways to fund it without shouldering all the risk. It’s seeking to combine government and private funding. Aims for planning application early 2020. Construction due
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