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Hinkley – redundant technology past its sell-by date

Over the last year a series of reports from financial and energy analysts have concluded that, amongst other things, conventional utility models are no longer fit for purpose. The reports highlight the changes to the old centralised utility model which are on the horizon and the importance of new technologies. They suggest that decentralised energy supply will be increasingly important in the future. The latest issue of NuClear News (No.68 November 2014) looks at a selection of these reports.

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Nuclear Investment – what is China’s motivation?

The Colchester Gazette doesn’t publish letters online which is a pity. This one from Professor Barry Jones is particularly interesting.

Dear Sir

News that Chinese state-owned companies remain interested in the possibility of building and operating a new nuclear power station at Bradwell should remind all readers that nuclear power is not a business like any other business and that Chinese state-owner companies are not companies like any other companies.

Nuclear power remains one of the most dangerous forms of power generation. The Fukushima …

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Nuclear is a choice – not a requirement

The number of energy efficiency measures being installed to help homes save energy has collapsed as a result of government policies according to the Association for the Conservation of Energy.(1) Yet an ambitious programme of insulating buildings, and producing more energy directly from buildings themselves could net savings to the economy averaging £12.1bn per year from now until 2050.(2)

The government’s energy efficiency policies are in free fall” says Ed Matthew, director of the Energy Bill Revolution campaign, “as a result,

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Daily News Roundup

17 December 2014

Small Reactors

Small nuclear reactors have the potential to revolutionise Britain’s energy market, providing a clean, secure supply of electricity that will help the country to meet its targets to reduce carbon emissions, a parliamentary select committee will announce today. Known as Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), this fledgling technology is being designed in such a way that it can be manufactured at a plant and taken to a site fully constructed. As well as generating green electricity, the reactors could be …

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16 December 2014

Dounreay

The finishing date for work to decommission and close the Dounreay nuclear power site in Caithness has been pushed back from 2025 to 2029. Changes in the way radioactive fuel should be handled and a requirement for additional security at nuclear sites has created more work at Dounreay. The changes are required by the UK government.

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15 December 2014

Hinkley

China’s biggest nuclear power generator is preparing to enter Europe’s renewable energy market, snapping up three UK wind farms from French utility EDF in a signal of its intent to build a global generating business. The move by state-owned China General Nuclear Corporation (CGN), set to be announced on Monday, would be its first big acquisition of onshore wind generating capacity in the west. The agreement with EDF could help smooth talks on a bigger deal to build Britain’s first …

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14 December 2014

Old Nukes

The reactors of nuclear power stations across Britain have been shut down 20 times a year because of faults – prompting fears over safety and the UK’s energy supply. An analysis for local authorities reveals that 15 reactors have had 62 unplanned shutdowns in the last three years. They have been hit by electrical, boiler and valve defects, fires, storms, vibrations and the discovery of tiny cracks. The build-up of large amounts of seaweed has twice forced reactors at …

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