Saturday, April 11, 2009

AREVA Blog link

I have added a Link to the AREVA Blog. AREVA is a French Reactor manufacturer, and is attempting to establish an American presence. The years of official hostility toward and governmental neglect of the American Nuclear business has largely destroyed the American Nuclear Industry. The two surviving reactor manufactures with American heritages are now owned by Japanese corporations. Thus although AREVA is a French business, it is not competing with truly American products. AREVA is establishing a large industrial presence in the United States, and thus the sale of AREVA reactors in the United States will provide Americans, if not American reactor designers, with jobs.

AREVA includes outreach to bloggers in its communications effort, and have conducted several conference calls for American bloggers. Their communications staff has been willing to listen to us, and has stated that they will feedback our views to AREVA management.

My view is that the AREVA product the EPR is technologically obsolete, as are all Light Water Reactors. I support such products even though I believe them to be far more expensive than implemented LFTRs would be. The rub is of course that no one is attempting to bring the LFTR onto the market, so unless and until someone does, the LWR though in many respects unsatisfactory and overly expensive, is the best thing the energy economy will have for some time to come. AREVA has a history of building the French reactor fleet, thus they probably will be be selling LWRs here for sometime to come. I took advantage of a yesterday conference call by AREVA to bloggers to express my views about what the long term direction of the nuclear industry should be. In particular I discussed the potential of the LFTR, and my concerns about LWR technology. I hope that I was heard by AREVA decision makers.


bobcat said...


Is there any real hope for construction of the LFTR sometime in our lifetimes? It seems like this nation if not the world is going full throttle with light water reactors while the possibility of construction of lftr on a meaningful scale seems rather remote. Hopefully I am wrong in my analysis and am willing to be corrected. The way you describe lftr seems like it has much potential to help an energy starved planet but that technology appears to be side tracked, at least for the time being.

Charles Barton said...

bob, I am continuing to work on LFTR cost estimates. I hope to be able to show that the LFTR is the only source of post-carbon electricity that will compete with Chinese and Indian nuclear fenerated electrical costs. If the country does not go to LFTR power, the Chinese and Indians will eat our lunch.

Anonymous said...

Minor typo - you slipped 'bkig' for 'blog' in the tags.


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