Japan – radwaste

Japan released a map identifying areas of the country suitable for nuclear waste disposal as part of a broader plan to figure out what to do with roughly 18,000 tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste. The map highlights areas that aren’t near fault lines, volcanoes or ground where temperatures are high — thus making them highly likely to be adequate for storing the so-called high-level radioactive waste consisting primarily of used fuel from nuclear facilities.

Bloomberg 28th July 2017 read more »

Posted: 29 July 2017

Renewables

Alberto Gandolfi, Head of European Utilities Research at Goldman Sachs Research says costs of wind and solar have dropped 60% since 2009 and another nearly 40% reduction is expected over the next ten years. What started as a decarbonisation process, thanks to better technology, is about to become a process driven by costs.

Goldman Sachs (accessed) 28th July 2017 read more »

Posted: 29 July 2017

CHP

In the heart of London is a hidden power station that could resolve how the UK heats, cools and powers business of the future. The station, Citigen, has been owned and run by E.ON since 2002 but has been generating electricity since 1993, producing enough power for 11,300 homes and capturing the byproduct heat to send it off to buildings in the City of London via a network of tunnels. It also provides chilled water, which is used for cooling in several properties’ air conditioning systems. There is no other combined heat and power plant of such scale in the centre of a UK city. E.ON has just finished a three-year, £26m refurbishment that involved replacing the plant’s two unreliable and dirty ship engines with smaller, cleaner gas versions at the start of this year.

Guardian 28th July 2017 read more »

Posted: 29 July 2017

Energy Supplies

Earlier this week, UK environment secretary Michael Gove announced plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040. The proposed ban, which may be less stringent than it first appears, has nevertheless sparked a deluge of news and comment. Many reports include concerns – or inflated claims – over the demand for power if the UK switches to electric vehicles (EVs). Yet a wholesale move to EVs, in order to meet a ban on petrol and diesel cars, would add just 10% to UK electricity demand, new analysis from consultants Cambridge Econometrics shows. This would also dramatically cut car CO2 emissions, even after accounting for electricity generation. Carbon Brief runs through the results and looks again at the debate over EV power demand.

Carbon Brief 27th July 2017 read more »

As Britain aims to reduce emissions to meet its carbon commitments, the UK’s Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) has insisted that nuclear power will be an integral part of the balanced, low carbon energy mix. The UK’s eight nuclear power stations cranked out more than one fifth of the UK’s electricity last year, while low carbon sources in general made up more than 45 per cent of the country’s power generation, according to official statistics. The government announced this week it plans to stop the sales of petrol and diesel cars from 2040, adding pressure to the UK’s electricity supplies to meet increasing demand. A report from the National Grid earlier this month said the move to electric vehicles and electric heating could drive peak demand up from 60 gigawatts (GW) to 85GW in 2050.

City AM 27th July 2017 read more »

Posted: 28 July 2017

Energy Policy

This government’s record on energy has been incompetent to the point of derision or despair, depending on how much you care about it. But suddenly, a ray of sunshine emerges from Greg Clarke’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Greg wants to unleash the power of the market on our broken energy system. But this isn’t just the same old, same old rhetoric exhorting consumers switch from one of the much-maligned big energy suppliers to another. No, Greg is talking about nothing less than the coming revolution in energy, one that has become evident to many of us working in the renewables sector, but has until now been just a little too far over the horizon for the politicians to ‘get’. A combination of key technologies – solar, wind, and energy storage coupled with a real-time energy market driven by information technology are maturing and the impact will be extraordinary. Solar panels and wind turbines have a complementary output profile and a combination of both will even out seasonal energy production in northern climates such as the UK. Energy will be stored in and released from large batteries – including those in electric vehicles – to meet shorter term peaks in demand and troughs in supply. Real-time electricity pricing will allow internet enabled appliances to turn on or regulate down following pricing signals to smooth out demand to better match supply. What we’re looking at is a fundamental shift from an energy system based on resources to one founded on technology. Our current energy system has been built on extracting resources (coal, gas, oil) from the planet’s crust and setting fire to them. The energy system of the near future will be based on technology that converts the energy derived from the sun (daylight and wind) into electricity. The key point is that whereas natural resources get more expensive as you use more of them, technology becomes ever cheaper and more efficient. The inflexion point is coming and it’s now no longer a question of whether the oil age will end, but how soon it will come.

Solar power portal 27th July 2017 read more »

Posted: 28 July 2017

Sizewell C

Proposals for an accommodation complex housing 2,400 power station construction workers in Suffolk have been criticised in an independent report – with energy bosses urged to rethink the plans. EDF Energy’s preferred site for the Sizewell C campus, near Eastbridge and Minsmere, is said to have “significant cumulative environmental impacts and limited legacy potential”. Commissioned by Suffolk County Council (SCC), the report highlights possible alternative locations, near Saxmundham and Leiston, as well as splitting accommodation across several sites, which it says “appear more positive” than EDF’s proposal.

East Anglian Daily Times 26th July 2017 read more »

Posted: 28 July 2017

ABWR

There is an opportunity to comment on the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK-ABWR) nuclear power station design before the process closes on 15 August. You will be able to do so at the link below:

Hitachi (accessed) 27th July 2017 read more »

Posted: 28 July 2017

Radhealth

The Harm Caused by Radioactivity Prepared for the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan by Gordon Edwards, Ph.D., July 2017.

CCNR 27th July 2017 read more »

Posted: 28 July 2017

Nuclear Security

Critical security flaws have been found in devices used to monitor radiation levels in nuclear facilities and at borders globally, according to cybersecurity researchers. It could allow terrorists to traffic nuclear material past radiation monitoring devices at air and sea ports by raising the radiation threshold that authorities’ machines scan for. An attacker could also falsify readings to hide a radiation leak or even falsely set off the alarm to make authorities believe one was taking place. Alongside another attack – such as the Stuxnet computer worm which destroyed a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges in 2010 – the vulnerabilities could be exploited to increase the time it takes to detect an attack against a nuclear facility.

Sky News 27th July 2017 read more »

Wired 26th July 2017 read more »

Posted: 28 July 2017

Nuclear Research

Energy service firm Amec Foster Wheeler (AFW) will lead a UK Government funded nuclear power research programme after winning a £2.9million contract. AFW will create and run a UK digital reactor design partnership using virtual engineering and computing to optimise reactor performance. The project is being run in conjunction with Liverpool University, Cambridge University, the National Nuclear Laboratory, Rolls-Royce, EDF Energy and Imperial College London.

Energy Voice 28th July 2017 read more »

Construction Index 28th July 2017 read more »

Posted: 28 July 2017