Reimagining and innovating for a better energy future
“Do the research. Ask questions. Find someone doing what you are interested in! Be curious!” These were words iterated by the late great mathematician Katherine Johnson whose calculations were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S....
Nuclear Generation - On track to a cleaner energy future.
To the nuclear energy industry, clean energy isn't a new priority. At Duke Energy, we’ve been on track to provide clean, baseload generation to residents and businesses in the Carolinas since Robinson Nuclear Plant came online in 1971 – over 50 years...
Celebrating Nuclear Science Week with each of you!
The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History was opened in 1969, chartered to provide a place to share the story of the Atomic Age. The Museum explores early research, the Cold War era and today’s peaceful uses of nuclear technology to save lives...
How nuclear volunteers are helping to close the STEM gap
What does a paper fish, tub of water and dish soap have to do with the Catawba Nuclear Station? On the surface, not much at all. But if we dive deeper, we find that paper fish swimming its way into the STEM gap. Lynette Vukelja walks a Saluda Trail...
Fission vs. Fusion – What’s the Difference?
Look up during the day to see one of the most powerful examples of a nuclear reactor: the sun. Inside the sun, fusion reactions take place at very high temperatures and enormous gravitational pressures The foundation of nuclear energy is harnessing the...
How are you going to learn during S.C. STEM Education month?
To celebrate S.C. STEM Education Month, Duke Energy Nuclear has partnered with Clemson University and Roper Mountain Science Center to offer virtual STEM activities to children of all ages. Explore different activities below based on your age:
Full STEAM ahead with holiday crafts!
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; -Clement Clarke Moore
Celebrate STEM Day with the EXPLORE mobile lab
To celebrate National STEM Day, South Carolina’s Duke Energy nuclear sites have partnered with Clemson University’s EXPLORE Mobile Lab to bring STEM into your home with a fun, virtual activity. On Nov. 9, students ages 10-14 can participate in this...
Solving the wonderful mystery of a nuclear startup
One of the many questions we receive from community members is about the startup process of a nuclear reaction in our plants. For those of us who aren’t nuclear operators or engineers, it can seem like a mysterious process. To help shed some light on this mystery, here’s a highly simplified explanation for how it works.
Virtual STEM Summer Camp - a Recap
Throughout the year, our energy education centers host events to provide students with opportunities to learn about science. Due to social distancing measures in play due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), these activities cannot take place as they normally would in person. But the learning and experimenting doesn't have to stop! Now, students can participate in a week's worth of experiments from home.