The Government is to invest up to £15 million in research, development and knowledge transfer to stimulate innovation and support growth in the civil nuclear power sector. The investment will fund feasibility projects, collaborative research and development and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) that stimulate innovation and strengthen the UK supply chain. Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said This is an important and exciting time for the UK civil nuclear industry. With potential for investment and innovation in the new-build and decommissioning markets, now is the right time to make sure that the UK is best placed to win orders and grow global market share.
Business Matters 28th Mar 2012 more >>
Nuclear electricity could be forced to the margins of the European generation mix by the growth of solar power before the end of the decade, a new report has claimed. According to the study, the market for electricity generated by nuclear power could substantially change in less time than it would take to commission a new reactor. “By the time any new nuclear plant could be built in the UK [2020 or later, according to the report] the market for its electricity will be disappearing, regardless of any possible increase in the overall demand for electricity,” said the study, published on Tuesday by UK-based think tank Energy Fair. Energy Fair coordinator Gerry Wolff told ICIS that other countries could follow the German nuclear phase-out model over the next decade as a result of increased interconnection and technological advances.
ICIS Heren 28th Mar 2012 more >>
HUNDREDS of people attended a meeting to mark the start of the examination of EDF Energys application for a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point. The Infrastructure Planning Commission will spend six months assessing issues raised by interested parties and is expected to release a timetable of meetings soon.
This is the West Country 27th Mar 2012 more >>
EDF Energy, Britain’s biggest nuclear power producer, stopped output at Hinkley Point B power station near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday, March 27th due to an ‘unplanned outage’.
Burnham-on-sea.com 27th Mar 2012 more >>
Platts 28th Mar 2012 more >>
Work has begun on a final report advising Cumbrian councils whether they should volunteer to host an underground nuclear waste dump. A public consultation on the issue one of the biggest ever undertaken in Cumbria finished last Friday. Now, the group set up to investigate the issue the West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely Partnership will write a final report for Allerdale, Copeland and the county council. The three authorities will then decide whether or not to remain in the race to find a suitable location for a repository.
Cumberland News 28th Mar 2012 more >>
Interest is growing over the potential of plasma-based processing to reduce the volumes and costs used in radioactive waste disposal. In essence, the concept is a simple one: take low or intermediate-level waste (ILW) and blast it within a sealed furnace, using a plasma arc, to burn off any extraneous materials so nothing but the radioactive residue is left. This can then be packaged in an inert vitreous form.
Nuclear Insider 27th Mar 2012 more >>
Bulgaria’s Belene Nuclear Power Plant will not be constructed, the country’s Deputy Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov announced on on Wednesday. A natural gas power plant will be built in the Danube town of Belene instead, Goranov told reporters after Wednesday’s Council of Ministers sitting. The nuclear reactor already assembled by Rosatom subsidiary Atomstroyexport and originally meant for Belene will be placed in Bulgaria’s sole nuclear power plant, Kozloduy.
Novinite 28th Mar 2012 more >>
One of Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and much less water to cool it than officials had thought, according to an internal examination. The news has renewed doubts about the plant’s stability and provoked fears the other two reactors that had meltdowns could be in even worse shape.
Daily Mail 28th Mar 2012 more >>
Wales Online 28th Mar 2012 more >>
A lethal level of radiation has been detected inside one of the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, throwing fresh doubts over the operator’s claims that the disabled complex is under control.
Independent 29th Mar 2012 more >>
Fukushima Update 23rd – 26th March.
Greenpeace 28th Mar 2012 more >>
Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan and some other ruling Democratic Party of Japan lawmakers on Wednesday decided to start a group as early as next week that seeks to create a road map for ending the country’s reliance on nuclear power.
Kyodo 28th Mar 2012 more >>
Pre-emptive military strikes aimed at forcing Iran to abandon its nuclear activities may end up having the opposite effect: convincing the Islamic Republic’s leaders they need an atomic arsenal to secure their hold on power.
Reuters 28th Mar 2012 more >>
Turkeys Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended Irans pursuit of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes while on an official state visit to Tehran.
IB Times 28th Mar 2012 more >>
Long-stalled talks between Iran and world powers are to be revived on April 13 at a place yet to be agreed, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi announced on Wednesday.
Middle East Online 28th Mar 2012 more >>
Telegraph 28th Mar 2012 more >>
Despite the 11 March 2011 disaster at Japans Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, South Korea remains fully committed to nuclear energy, where 23 reactors turn out 20.5 gigawatts of electricity daily, 29.5 percent of the countrys total electrical generation capacity, but 45 percent of total electrical consumption. Far from being unsettled by Fukushima, Seoul intends to increase nuclear powers share of the countrys electricity generation to 60 percent by 2035 by bringing eleven more reactors online in the next nine years, adding 13.8 gigawatts to the nations power grid.
Oil Price 28th Mar 2012 more >>
The Cold War may have long since ended, but France still maintains a fleet of nuclear-armed submarines and strike planes – and more than 300 warheads. Why? And are the French people still comfortable with being a nuclear power?
BBC 28th Mar 2012 more >>
It was the fireball burning angrily in the blue sky above the Indian Ocean that Geoff Partridge remembers most. It wasnt pretty, it was horrific a mass of colour, with bits flying out of it. In the immediate aftermath of that megaton bomb test on scorched Christmas Island 54 years ago, Geoff realised the full horror of nuclear warfare.
Birmingham Post 28th Mar 2012 more >>
An £865m scheme to financially reward households that generate hot water or heat from renewable sources has been delayed for up to a year in a further embarrassment for government over low carbon energy payments. The second phase of the renewable heat incentive, seen as the equivalent of the solar feed-in tariff for generating electricity, was announced last year and due to be launched next week. But in a statement on Tuesday, the Department of Energy and Climate Change said that it wanted to conduct further consultations on how to control costs.
Guardian 27th Mar 2012 more >>
Recently, The Edinburgh Energy Co-operative held an event that focussed on practical attempts for making tenement buildings more energy efficient. Co-op member, Pete Roche wrote this guest post on the Changeworks blog that gives an insight into how expensive it can be to make some of the older properties in Edinburgh more energy efficient.
STV Local 24th March 2012 more >>
Changeworks Blog 23rd March 2012 more >>