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The History of Automation – From the First Nuclear Power Plant to Fukushima

In the wake of the climate agreement in Paris this month, it’s clear that fossil fuels must be phased out as a global energy source. Nuclear power, which has been available since 1957 for commercial use, offers one alternative to carbon-emitting fuels like coal or gasoline. It’s estimated that the demand for electricity in the United States alone will rise 22% by 2040, and nuclear energy offers a low-carbon alternative to supply that energy Continue reading

History of Automation: The March 11th Tohoku Earthquake and What it Means for Nuclear Energy

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami that claimed over 15,000 lives and destroyed many towns and villages on Japan’s coast. The damage also caused the nuclear plant in Fukushima to experience meltdown, and the cleanup efforts of this disaster are still underway. Continue reading