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  • Safety fears rock France’s nuclear power base

    Nearly a third of France’s nuclear reactors have been shut down by industry regulators as revelations emerge about the supply of sub-standard parts. As investigations into falsified documents and excess quantities of carbon in steel continue, more closures are expected. This is not yet a full-blown crisis for the nuclear industry, but it is putting serious strain on the finances ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Nuclear power after Fukushima

    The future of nuclear power was bleak even before the Fukushima disaster, said energy expert Mycle Schneider Wednesday at a press conference in Berlin, where he previewed an upcoming Worldwatch Institute report on the outlook of nuclear power. “The industry was arguably on life support before Fukushima. When the history of this industry is written, Fukushima is likely to introduce its ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Nuclear power: bruised but not broken

    Earlier this month, an explosion in the energy sector caused immense destruction, costing the lives of more than 40 people ... but most of us barely noticed it. The deaths of the coal miners, up to 4,000 feet below ground in western Pakistan, were eclipsed by the international attention given to the crisis in another energy sector — nuclear power — as engineers working in the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Nuclear Energy to Power China

    To ensure energy supply diversity, China has set an aim to cut reliance on oil and gas that will offer vast opportunities for renewables. Although conventional sources of energy made up for 74% of combined electricity generation in 2004, hydropower and nuclear energy are fast becoming visible in the energy sector, according to a recent report “China Energy Sector Analysis” by RNCOS. The graph ...


    By RNCOS

  • Nuclear Power’s Uncertain Future

    Global nuclear generation capacity increased by 4.2 gigawatts (GW), or 1.1 percent, to 373.1 GW and the number of operational reactors also increased by two units to a total of 437 nuclear reactors worldwide last year, according to the new Vital Signs Online trend released by the Worldwatch Institute (www.worldwatch.org). The increases are net figures, taking into account ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • The revival of nuclear power

    The British Parliament is expected to pass an Energy Bill next week that will give the green-light to several new nuclear power plants, adding Britain to a long list of nations that includes U.S. and Canada looking to nuclear power not only to meet soaring energy requirements, but also as a way to reduce GHG emissions. Despite the environmental concerns involved, the international revival of ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Hygieneering, Inc. Attends Nuclear Power Facility 2011 Annual Safety Day

    Hygieneering, Inc. attended the 2011 annual safety day at Midwest nuclear power plant facility. Venders were on hand that supply services and supplies to assist in the day to day operations of the nuclear power plant.   Hygieneering provides safety consulting, environmental consulting, testing and training, asbestos project management, emergency response services and more. ...


    By Hygieneering, Inc.

  • New research center to increase safety and power output of U.S. Nuclear reactors

    Today the Department of Energy dedicated the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL), an advanced research facility that will accelerate the advancement of nuclear reactor technology. CASL researchers are using supercomputers to study the performance of light water reactors and to develop highly sophisticated modeling that will help accelerate upgrades at existing U.S. ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Preview: Nuclear Power After Fukushima

    The future of nuclear power even before the Fukushima disaster was bleak, said energy expert Mycle Schneider Wednesday at a press conference in Berlin, where he previewed an upcoming Worldwatch report on the outlook of nuclear power. “The industry was arguably on life support before Fukushima. When the history of this industry is written, Fukushima is likely to introduce its final ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Is Africa ready for safe nuclear power?

    As Japan's nuclear accidents send shockwaves round the world, Alex Abutu explores whether Africa is ready to provide safe nuclear power. [CAPE TOWN] The disasters that struck several Japanese nuclear facilities in the wake of last week's devastating tsunami have highlighted concerns about whether ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Unfinished nuclear plants raise safety doubts

    The future of the world’s biggest nuclear reactor, under construction at Flamanville in northern France, is now in doubt after a serious flaw was found in its steel pressure vessel. Examination has shown that the steel contains too much carbon, which can weaken the vessel’s structure and breaches safety rules. The Chinese, who have two similar 1,600 megawatt ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Nuclear safety initiative enters new phase

    Heads of the nuclear regulatory agencies of ten countries met this week at the NEA to discuss progress in an important international initiative, the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP). During the meeting chaired by Mr. André-Claude Lacoste, Chairman of the French Nuclear Safety Authority, the regulators agreed to enter a new phase of co-operation and launch a programme of work, ...


    By OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

  • Ukraine Receives EUR 600 Million for Nuclear Safety

    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will provide a EUR 300 million loan for the comprehensive program of upgrading operating Ukrainian nuclear power plants. In addition to EBRD's loan, the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) will contribute another EUR 300 million to the project, reads ebrd.com. The comprehensive program comprises of a set of measures, which will bring ...

  • Nuclear `newcomers`: challenging road to electric power

    Countries eyeing nuclear power for electricity generation for the first time face a challenging road before they reach safe and efficient power production. Over three days in July, representatives from 45 countries - nuclear power vendors, regulators, operators and 'newcomers' to the world of nuclear power - reviewed their roles and responsibilities. The main message: lay the foundation for ...

  • Energy Northwest Fined for Hazwaste at Nuclear Power Plant

    RICHLAND, Washington, October 5, 2007 (ENS) - The Washington State Department of Ecology issued a $120,000 penalty and administrative order Thursday to the Energy Northwest Columbia Generating Station for violations of hazardous waste management regulations. While Columbia is the only commercial nuclear power plant in the Pacific Northwest, the violations were not related to the ...

  • Wind Power Beats Nuclear Again in China

    China, the country that is building more nuclear reactors than any other, continued to get more electricity from the wind than from nuclear power plants in 2014. This came despite below-average wind speeds for the year. The electricity generated by China’s wind farms in 2014—-16 percent more than the year before—-could power more than 110 million Chinese homes. ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Nuclear power after Fukushima: Facts and figures

    Nuclear power promises clean energy for developing countries. Dave Elliott charts its progress and prospects after the accident at Fukushima. For 60 years, using uranium to generate electricity in nuclear power plants has been promoted as a way to provide cheap, clean energy for a prosperous new world. ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Kenyan nuclear power plans forge ahead

    The Kenyan government has identified construction sites for a nuclear power plant — potentially the first on the continent outside South Africa. Rolex Kirui, a senior engineer for the Kenyan government, says that one site has been identified near the Kenyan coast and construction is scheduled to begin once an ongoing environmental study has been completed. He says that a second potential site has ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Climate Change, Nuclear Power Central to APEC Meeting

    SYDNEY, Australia, September 6, 2007 (ENS) - Australia and the United States will cooperate more closely on climate change and nuclear power, Prime Minister John Howard and President George W. Bush announced Wednesday at a news conference following their bi-lateral meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC, gathering in Sydney. The leaders and senior officials of the ...

  • Decommissioning is a significant part of nuclear power’s GHG impact

    The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced during the decommissioning phase of nuclear power plants may have been underestimated in previous assessments, new research suggests. The study estimated that the decommissioning process for a German plant resulted in 1 651 265 tonnes of CO2 (or equivalent) emissions, or 0.825 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per tonne of waste. While the researchers ...

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