52 episodes

A podcast about energy dense fuels like oil, gas, and nuclear energy and how they better human lives.

Fire2Fission Podcast Mark Hinaman

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A podcast about energy dense fuels like oil, gas, and nuclear energy and how they better human lives.

    050 Doomberg

    050 Doomberg

    Host Mark Hinaman interviews Doomberg, an anonymous energy analyst and head writer for the Doomberg Substack. They discuss the importance of nuclear energy in addressing climate change and energy needs, criticizing the nuclear industry's lack of effective marketing and political advocacy. Doomberg advocates for a more assertive approach in promoting nuclear power, emphasizing its benefits over renewable sources. The conversation also touches on the challenges and potential strategies for advancing nuclear energy in the current political and social landscape.

    049 Caleb Tomlin, Senior Technical Leader at EPRI

    049 Caleb Tomlin, Senior Technical Leader at EPRI

    Caleb Tomlin, Senior Technical Leader at EPRI, discusses the transition from coal to nuclear power. He explains the research being done on synthetic fuels and the opportunities for nuclear beyond electricity. Caleb highlights the challenges and considerations involved in converting coal plants to nuclear, including site characterization, technology and design selection, and securing land and transmission rights. He emphasizes the importance of community engagement and workforce development in the transition process. Caleb also shares his optimistic vision for the future, envisioning an expansion of nuclear power and its role in providing abundant, cheap, and clean energy.

    Takeaways

    The transition from coal to nuclear power offers opportunities for synthetic fuel production and nuclear participation in various sectors beyond electricity.
    Converting coal plants to nuclear requires careful site characterization, technology and design selection, and securing land and transmission rights.
    Community engagement and workforce development are crucial aspects of the transition process.
    The future of nuclear power is promising, with an expansion of nuclear power and its role in providing abundant, cheap, and clean energy.

    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction
    01:23 Caleb Tomlin's Background
    03:20 Nuclear Beyond Electricity
    04:15 Overview of EPRI
    06:10 Research on Synthetic Fuels
    07:32 Coal to Nuclear Transition
    08:56 Challenges and Considerations
    12:08 Conversion Process and Design Selection
    15:41 Reuse of Existing Assets
    17:36 Steam Conditions and Turbine Compatibility
    24:32 Examples of Coal to Nuclear Projects
    25:25 Workforce Transition and Job Creation
    27:59 Hurdles and Steps to Build More Nuclear
    41:04 International Perspective
    45:06 How People Can Help
    50:14 Optimistic Vision for the Future

    048 Arjun Murti, Partner at Veriten

    048 Arjun Murti, Partner at Veriten

    Host Mark Hinaman interviews Arjun Murti, Partner at Veriten. Murti discusses the complexities of energy transition, emphasizing the importance of balancing environmental concerns with the need for reliable and affordable energy. The conversation delves into various topics, including the role of traditional and renewable energy sources, the impact of market dynamics on energy strategies, and the future of energy consumption globally. Murti offers insights into the energy sector's evolution, addressing both challenges and opportunities in achieving sustainable energy solutions.

    047 Joshua Goldstein, Co-Creator of Nuclear Now

    047 Joshua Goldstein, Co-Creator of Nuclear Now

    In this episode of the Fire2Fission podcast, Mark Hinaman interviews Dr. Joshua Goldstein, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at American University and Research Scholar at the University of Massachusetts. Goldstein, an environmentalist and author, discusses his shift from anti-nuclear to pro-nuclear views, the role of nuclear power in climate change mitigation, and the impact of societal perceptions on nuclear energy. He emphasizes the need for affordable and scalable nuclear solutions to address global energy demands and climate challenges.

    046 Irina Slav, Energy Writer & Substack Author

    046 Irina Slav, Energy Writer & Substack Author

    Mark Hinaman interviews Irina Slav, a seasoned energy writer with a focus on the oil and gas sector. Their discussion pivots around energy supply dynamics, the pivotal role of nuclear power, and the limitations of renewables like wind and solar. They delve into the geopolitical energy landscape, especially concerning Eastern Europe and the EU. The episode concludes with actionable insights for promoting nuclear energy, centering on policy advocacy and government engagement.

    045 Bob Hargraves, Co-Founder at ThorCon International

    045 Bob Hargraves, Co-Founder at ThorCon International

    This episode of the Fire2Fission Podcast featured Bob Hargraves, co-founder of ThorCon International, discussing nuclear power's economic viability and the importance of cost reduction. Hargraves shared his diverse background, including software development and consulting in the energy sector, and his transition to advocating for nuclear power. The discussion also covered ThorCon's focus on molten salt reactors and their unique approach using ships as power plants. Listeners interested in nuclear energy innovation are encouraged to explore ThorCon's work and the potential of molten salt reactors in addressing energy needs.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Pinner55 ,

Interesting and entertaining!

I’ve learned a ton from the first few episodes, and I’m looking forward to more! Great host and fascinating conversations.

Bags1988* ,

Great podcast. Very informative

Highly recommend listening

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