Nuclear Energy Articles

  • Securing Electricity Supply

    Facts : Belgium, winter 2014. Following the shutdown of Tihange 2 and Doel 3 nuclear power plants, the country faces a major shortage risk and must forcibly increase physical import capacity from neighbouring countries (France, the Netherlands). Constraints : Increasing import capacity within 2 months. ...


    By Ampacimon s.a.

  • Lucas Heights Reactor Shutdown Highlights Need for US Nuclear Corp. Technology

    DENVER, CO / ACCESSWIRE / July 16, 2018 / On June 22nd a mechanical failure at the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in Sydney, Australia shined a light on the tenuous supply chain of medical radioisotopes worldwide. These isotopes are key tools in both diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. The mechanical error at the Sydney plant sent hospitals throughout ...


    By US Nuclear Corporation

  • Firebricks offer low-cost storage for carbon-free energy

    Original story at MIT News Ancient technology could be used to level electricity prices for renewables. Firebricks, designed to withstand high heat, have been part of our technological arsenal for at least three millennia, since the era of the Hittites. ...

  • The Future of Nuclear Power Plants

    With the blast of the French nuclear power plant a few weeks ago, safety of nuclear power plant designs has fallen under more scrutiny. Although according to sources the blast took place in the turbine hall and no nuclear leak was found, this event has brought more attention to improved design and operation standards. Following the incident earlier this month Toshiba, a Japanese ...


    By SoftInWay Inc.

  • Small is beautiful

    The book Small is Beautiful by economist E F Schumacher was originally published at the time of the 1973 oil crisis. To quote Wikipedia “It is often used to champion small, appropriate technologies that are believed to empower people more, in contrast with phrases such as bigger is better”. I think these words could usefully be applied to the challenges facing the energy industry ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Nuclear power plant keeps intakes clean - case study

    When this nuclear power plant in the Great Lakes region needed reliable traveling water screens to keep it’s intakes clean, they chose International Water Screens. Vertical screens with hoods provide clean water to create steam to generate up to 725,000 kilowatts of electricity for the surrounding region. This project included: Traveling Screen(s) Elevator ...


    By International Water Screens

  • Is nuclear power our energy future — or a dinosaur in a death spiral?

    Identical data yield drastically different conclusions about the role nuclear will play in meeting climate goals. Nuclear power is dead. Long live nuclear power. Nuclear power is the only way forward. Nuclear power is a red herring. Nuclear power is too dangerous. Nuclear power is the safest power source around. Nuclear is nothing. Nuclear is everything. It is now generally agreed ...


    By Ensia

  • EISPC White Paper on “State Approaches to Retention of Nuclear Power Plants” Now Available

    The Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Collaborative (EISPC) has released a white paper on “State Approaches to Retention of Nuclear ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Success Story: 1 Million Sunny Boy TL Inverters Sold Worldwide

    SMA has been making and selling PV inverters for over 30 years. But no product has been installed as often as the Sunny Boy TL: launched in 2008, the one-millionth unit from this product family was sold in June 2015. As a result, the Sunny Boy is the bestselling inverter of its class worldwide. Its total installed output – more than four gigawatts – is enough to replace four typical ...


    By SMA Solar

  • Solution of non–linear neutron point kinetics equations with feedback reactivity in nuclear reactor dynamics

    In this paper, an efficient numerical procedure for calculating the solution of the non–linear neutron point kinetics equations in the field of nuclear reactor dynamics is presented. The explicit finite difference method is applied to solve the non–linear neutron point kinetics equations with temperature feedback reactivity. The numerical solution obtained by explicit finite difference scheme is ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • All new STS FH40G Simulator

    New from STS is the Safe-Series FH40G L10 simulator of Thermos popular survey meter. The Safe-FH40 utilises STS innovative radio field technology to give users the most relaistic simulation experience available in the market. The Safe- FH40 not ...

  • 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

  • Environmental attitudes in the UK nuclear energy industry

    The relatively low carbon footprint of nuclear energy development, when compared to fossil fuel alternatives, is widely cited as one of the main factors influencing the recent policy trend in the UK. This paper examines the shift in UK nuclear energy policy in the 21st century from a position opposed to atomic energy expansion to one in its favour, focusing on the role of carbon emissions. The ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Managing large–scale science and technology projects at the edge of knowledge: the Manhattan Project as a learning organisation

    Few projects have had such a profound and lasting effect on the world as the Manhattan Project. Today, after it was approved 70 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, its legacy is felt in nuclear medicine, military defence, terrorist threats, and the production of energy. What was remarkable about this project was that to succeed it had to push through the frontiers of knowledge in ways ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Nuclear energy strategies in the UK and Finland: a critical evaluation on current and future prospective

    Nuclear strategies of the UK and Finland are a widely debated area. With power plants, both fossil fuelled and nuclear powered, in the two countries about to expire, now is the time to make decisions to take their energy security and supply well into the forthcoming century. With this in mind, policies have been made within the European Union to reduce 20% carbon emissions by 2020 and 60% by ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Helium gas for nuclear reactors case study

    Application Moisture is measured in helium gas used for nuclear reactors. The helium is used as a reactor coolant because of its excellent thermal properties and chemical inertness. Problem If the helium becomes contaminated with moisture, it will cause both degradation of graphite rods and an undesired change in the process's heat balance. At worst, a ...

  • Nuclear power reactor Unterweser in Lower Saxony, DE - Case Study

    On 29th of September 1978 the pressurised water reactor Unterweser went on stream and was the most powerful reactor in the world. The Nuclear power reactor Unterweser (KKU - Kernkraftwerk] had an electrical output of 1410 MW. In the course of the energy turnaround, the reactor was turned off on the 18th of March 2011 and completely shut down by the operator E.ON Kernkraft GmbH in June 2011. ...


    By AMEX GmbH

  • Testing population initialisation schemes for differential evolution applied to a nuclear reactor core design

    In the process of nuclear core design, reactor cell parameters such as dimensions, enrichment and materials must be adjusted considering restrictions such as the average thermal flux, criticality and sub–moderation. This problem may be formulated using global optimisation methods in order to generate sets of design parameters to be analysed by programs that simulate the neutron interactions in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A computational set of tools developed for fluence calculation as support for BWR's surveillance programme

    The determination of a neutron source for the RPV fluence calculation is a key factor to detect and prevent degradation of safety–related structures of a NPP. A 3D neutron fluence calculation can be very challenging if all the source details are considered. Several options are possible in order to address the problem, being the most direct the use of 3D transport codes; however, strategies that ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • An empirical study of nuclear power–related knowledge flow after Fukushima

    Fukushima nuclear power plant accident has become a hot topic in debates among professional communities. It also caused knowledge searching and knowledge sharing among social groups. However, there is a lack of empirical studies investigating nuclear power–related knowledge flow in social communities. This paper examines nuclear power–related knowledge flow by focusing on the case of college ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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