nuclear power industry Articles

  • The flawed economics of nuclear power

    Over the last few years the nuclear industry has used concerns about climate change to argue for a nuclear revival. Although industry representatives may have convinced some political leaders that this is a good idea, there is little evidence of private capital investing in nuclear plants in competitive electricity markets. The reason is simple: nuclear power is uneconomical. In an excellent ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • The future of nuclear power worldwide

    Energy production from fossil fuels, mainly natural gas and coal, contributes significantly to global warming through large-scale greenhouse gas emissions, mainly of hundreds of billions of tonnes of carbon in the form of carbon dioxide. At least for the next few decades, one of the realistic options for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from energy production could be the increasing use of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • U.S. Nuclear Power in Decline

    Nuclear power generation in the United States is falling. After increasing rapidly since the 1970s, electricity generation at U.S. nuclear plants began to grow more slowly in the early 2000s. It then plateaued between 2007 and 2010—before falling more than 4 percent over the last two years. Projections for 2013 show a further 1 percent drop. With reactors retiring early and proposed ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Emerging Asian Economies Drive the Increase in World Energy Use from 2015 to 2040

    World energy consumption is projected to increase by 28% by 2040, according to the International Energy Outlook 2017 (IEO2017), released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Most of the world's growth in energy demand is projected to take place in countries outside of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). China and ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Education for the nuclear power industry: Swedish perspective

    In the Swedish nuclear power industry staff, very few newly employed have a deep education in reactor technology. To remedy this, a joint education company, Nuclear Training and Safety Center (KSU), has been formed. To ensure that nuclear competence will be available also in a long-term perspective, the Swedish nuclear power industry and the Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate (SKI) have formed a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Power failures: metagoverning a revival of nuclear power in Britain

    The British Government is attempting, through metagovernance, to encourage a transition to a low carbon electricity generation industry by promoting a revival of nuclear power. This paper considers the barriers that the British Government might encounter by analysing its metagovernance efforts within the context of a dynamic, co-evolving socio-technical regime. It is shown that the British ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Boom-or-doom riddle for nuclear industry

    The headline figures for 2014 from the nuclear industry describe a worldwide boom in progress, with 73 reactors presently being built and another 481 new ones either planned or approved. The World Nuclear Association (WNA) official website paints a rosy picture of an industry expected to expand dramatically by 2030. It says that over the period 1996 to 2013 the ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Nuclear–powered unmanned aerial vehicles for science, industry and telecommunications

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) suffer from limitations on flight persistence and on electrical power for avionics and payload systems. Both limitations may be effectively lifted by the use of an on–board nuclear engine, which will open up the horizon for further UAV applications in science and industry. Nuclear–powered UAVs were studied in the USA by Sandia and Northrop Grumman. While the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Preventing the loss of knowledge in nuclear power plants

    Preventing the loss of nuclear knowledge has become an important concern for the atomic energy industry. A great number of nuclear workers are getting close to the retirement age and there are not enough young qualified people to replace them. It is necessary to identify the key skills to replace senior engineers, managers and experienced workers. This paper proposes a matrix for capturing the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Reflections on regulatory oversight of nuclear power plants

    A regulatory body acts as a representative for society to ensure that the operation of nuclear facilities do not introduce any undue threats. Typical regulatory tasks include the definition of safety requirements, the inspections needed to ensure that they are adhered to and the imposing of sanctions if violations are detected. Regulatory oversight is anchored in national legislation, which is ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • South-East Asian prospects for nuclear power

    South-East Asia's strong economic growth of recent decades is expected to endure the requirement of increasing amounts of energy as well as the corresponding capital investments. The development of a nuclear power industry has been considered for some time in several states, but concrete government action is yet to follow. Decisions to launch nuclear power programmes would be facilitated if and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The classification of knowledge and expertise in Finnish nuclear power plants

    The difficulties in sharing tacit knowledge may compromise the safe performance of high-reliability organisations. This threat has been recognised in nuclear power plants worldwide, owing to the risk of simultaneous retirements. In this study, the nature of tacit knowledge in Finnish nuclear power plants was examined and the expertise of nuclear workers modelled. The results of this interview ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • New decommissioning system for nuclear power plants in Japan

    The subject matter of this paper discusses the new decommissioning system for nuclear power plants in Japan, including the system for the disposal of demolition waste and the decommissioning cost allowance system. The Nuclear Regulations Law, established in 1957, ordering that decommissioning be carried out, it was naturally impossible to set proper safety regulations. While the present safety ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Quick response to assist nuclear power plant

    A US nuclear plant and their engineering contractor were faced with an unexpected challenge in the course of design work regarding installation of an emergency steam dump sparger in the plant’s Low Pressure (LP) condenser. During pre-outage reviews of the planned installation, it was found that an existing partition plate running nearly the length of the condenser was obstructing access. ...


    By Intek, Inc.

  • Fukushima Meltdown Hastens Decline of Nuclear Power

    On May 5, 2012, Japan shut down its Tomari 3 nuclear reactor on the northern island of Hokkaido for inspection, marking the first time in over 40 years that the country had not a single nuclear power plant generating electricity. The March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown shattered public confidence in atomic energy, thus far making it politically ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Prospects for nuclear power in Australia and New Zealand

    The nuclear debate in Australia was recently enlivened by a Federal Government report (released in December 2006) on the economic viability of nuclear power as an option for electricity generation. Given the nation's large reserves of coal and gas, the question of the role of nuclear power rests to a large extent on future climate policy. Australia has the world's largest reserves of uranium and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Risk management of knowledge loss in nuclear industry organisations

    Maintaining nuclear competencies in the nuclear industry and nuclear regulatory authorities will be one of the most critical challenges in the near future. As many nuclear experts around the world are approaching retirement, the potential exists for the loss of a substantial amount of critical nuclear knowledge and corporate memory. The loss of such employees, many of whom literally designed, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Matrix Gemini LIMS at work in the Nuclear Industry

    Bradwell nuclear power station is located on the Dengie peninsula at the mouth of the River Blackwater in Essex. Construction of Bradwell power station began in December 1957 and electricity generation started in 1962. It had two Magnox reactors producing 242 Megawatts of electricity. It could supply enough electricity to meet the combined needs of three towns the size of Chelmsford, Colchester ...


    By Autoscribe Informatics

  • Knowledge management for nuclear industry operating organisations

    Maintaining nuclear competencies in the nuclear industry and nuclear regulatory authorities will be one of the most critical challenges in the near future. The purposes of this paper are to identify the fundamental elements needed for an effective Knowledge Management (KM) system, share with nuclear industry operating organisation managers the lessons learned in the industry regarding KM and, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Knowledge management initiatives in the Canadian nuclear industry

    The Canadian nuclear industry has been faced with many challenges in the area of Knowledge Management (KM) over the past decade. Increasing levels of retirement have come at a time when the industry is facing increased demand for experienced nuclear scientists and engineers for refurbishment, decommissioning and new builds. In the mid-1990s, the industry was faced with the prospect of a growing ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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