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  • Germany`s oldest remaining nuclear plant shuts down

    Germany's oldest remaining nuclear reactor has been shut down, part of a move initiated four years ago to switch off all its nuclear plants by the end of 2022. The Grafenrheinfeld reactor in the southern state of Bavaria was taken offline as scheduled overnight, authorities and operator E.ON said Sunday. Grafenrheinfeld went into service in 1981. It is the first reactor to close since Germany ...


    By Associated Press

  • Oldbury Power Station shuts down after four decades of safe generation

    The world’s oldest operating nuclear power station, Oldbury near Bristol, finally stopped producing electricity today, after 44 years of safe generation. Since it opened in 1967, Oldbury’s twin reactors have generated 137.5 TWh of electricity: enough to power one million home for over 20 years. The closure marks the start of a new phase in the site’s life as ...

  • Big push for small nuclear reactors

    Concerns are being raised about the billions of dollars being spent on research to design and build small nuclear reactors for electricity production The world’s big powers are in a race to build a new series of small reactors, which they believe will combine with renewables to create a low-carbon future for the planet. Small modular reactors (SMRs) have hardly been heard of by the public, ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Westinghouse Contracted to Segment Spain’s José Cabrera Nuclear Reactor Vessel

    Westinghouse Electric Company has been awarded a contract by ENRESA (Empresa Nacional de Residuos Radiactivos), the Spanish agency responsible for radioactive waste management and nuclear plant decommissioning, to segment the reactor vessel head (RVH) and reactor vessel (RV) at the José Cabrera Nuclear Power Station (also known as Zorita). The contract ...

  • Belgian nuclear reactor shutdown: EU must put pressure on Belgium for transparency; wider EU issues must be addressed

    The Belgian nuclear safety authority yesterday announced that it is postponing a decision on the restart of two reactors (Doel 3 and Tihange 2) that were shut down over the summer due to the discovery of fissures in their cores. The authority has asked for more information before any decision to reopen the damaged reactors can be taken. Last week, a study commissioned by the Greens/EFA group (1) ...

  • Nuclear electricity: a fallen dream?

    Nuclear power is no magic solution, argues Pervez Hoodbhoy — it's not safe, or cheap, and it leads to weapons programmes. A string of energy-starved developing countries have looked at nuclear power as the magic solution. No oil, no gas, no coal needed – it's a fuel with zero ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Nuclear´s great expectations

    The IAEA has revised upwards its nuclear power generation projections to 2030, while at the same time it reported that nuclear´s share of global electricity generation dropped another percentage point in 2007 to 14%. This compares to the nearly steady share of 16% to 17% that nuclear power maintained for almost two decades, from 1986 through 2005. In its 2008 edition of Energy, Electricity and ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Canada’s rocky road with nuclear energy

    In the past year the Canadian nuclear industry has taken a couple of hits on the chin. These events raise the question of whether AECL is in the ditch or can a government tow truck get it back on the road? The commercial path forward is like an ice-covered road in a Canadian winter and there are plenty of back seat drivers. Here"s why. First, the Chalk River nuclear reactor, a supplier of medical ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Nuclear Energy Institute Offers A Look At Nuclear Technology Innovations

    Within 25 to 30 years, a U.S. electric grid built on a foundation of light water reactors will include a range of new designs that will provide a wide array of critical capabilities to meet the energy needs of the future, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute. These designs are the outgrowth of decades of innovation from scientists and entrepreneurs who see a new generation of nuclear ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Global nuclear generation capacity falls

    Due to increasing costs of production, a slowed demand for electricity, and fresh memories of disaster in Japan, production of nuclear power fell in 2011, according to the latest Vital Signs Online (VSO) report from the Worldwatch Institute. Despite reaching record levels the previous year, global installed nuclear capacity—the potential power generation from all existing ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Huhne pleads caution on nuclear energy

    Huhne pleads for caution on the UK’s nuclear build programme, while Merkel takes the opportunity to move away from nuclear power. Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne, reiterated safety must be a top priority and that it was important that the "full facts" were at the Government’s disposal before making any decisions on the new nuclear programme. He set up the timetable for a ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • Calif. utility will close troubled nuclear plant

    The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant on the California coast is closing after an epic 16-month battle over whether the twin reactors could be safely restarted with millions of people living nearby, officials announced Friday. Operator Southern California Edison said in a statement it will retire the twin reactors because of uncertainty about the future of the plant, which faced a tangle of ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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

  • China faces nuclear energy choice: reprocess or not?

    China is coming to a crossroads as it hurriedly increases nuclear power production to cope with rising electricity demand and cut carbon emissions: Should it reprocess its nuclear waste or store it? Nonproliferation advocates warn that recycling waste would generate weapons-usable plutonium, posing a security risk and potentially stirring a nuclear rivalry in East Asia. A new Harvard University ...


    By Associated Press

  • US, Russian Federation sign joint statement on reactor conversion

    The U.S. and Russian Federation jointly announced today that the first stage of work defined in the Implementing Agreement between the Russian State Corporation for Atomic Energy (Rosatom) and the Department of Energy (DOE) Regarding Cooperation in Concluding Feasibility Studies of the Conversion of Russian Research Reactors of Dec. 7, 2010, has been completed. The announcement comes at the close ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Entergy to close Indian Point nuclear plant by 2021

    Citing safety and environmental concerns, Entergy Corp. has agreed to shut down its 40-year old Indian Point nuclear plant by 2021, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Gov. Cuomo announced the decision to shut down Indian Point, located 30 miles north of New York City during his State of the State speech Monday night, one of six speeches he plans to give throughout the state.  Cuomo has ...

  • 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 ...

  • Analysis: High costs keep Japan focus on nuclear

    Japan will once again be without atomic energy as its only operating nuclear reactor goes offline Sunday for refueling and maintenance, and other plants remain closed for intensified safety checks following the 2011 meltdowns at the tsunami-stricken plant in Fukushima. But despite signs that the Fukushima crisis is worsening, Japan's commitment to restarting many of its 50 idled reactors appears ...


    By Associated Press

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