Engineering and technology company Frazer-Nash has secured a framework contract with the Environment Agency as part of its quality checking activities for radiological waste. Working as part of a consortium of other companies led by the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), Frazer-Nash will be putting forward a team of experienced and independent environmental auditors to support the Environment Agency in their regulation of radiological waste producers sites in England and Wales. Frazer-Nashs audit work will include risk and compliance auditing evaluating the processes used in consigning low-level waste for treatment and disposal. The company offers a package of skills that can assist the Environment Agencys reviews of current processes and procedures for managing the waste to ensure they are adequate and comply with the necessary national regulations. The wider consortium offers the Environment Agency a flexible and efficient service for completing waste quality checking and draws on expertise from across industry. The Environment Agency was impressed with the complimentary skills that exist in the consortium that will provide the organisation with the facilities, equipment and skills to achieve the level of knowledge and authoritative advice required.
Process & Control Today 28th Aug 2012 more >>
The Green party, which has two ministers in the Socialist-led government, was taken aback after the minister for industrial recovery, Arnaud Montebourg, described nuclear power as an “industry of the future”, seeming to cast doubt on a commitment to shut power stations and reduce France’s devotion to atomic energy. France is the most nuclear-dependent country in the world, with 75% of its energy coming from nuclear. In a deal with the Greens before this year’s parliamentary and presidential elections, Socialists promised to reduce the share of nuclear in French electricity production to 50% by 2025, shutting 24 nuclear reactors. But so far, only one of France’s 59 nuclear reactors, at Fessenheim in eastern France, is due to be decommissioned. Montebourg called nuclear energy a “tremendous asset” with a key future role, saying: “We need energy that is not too expensive.” He was backed by the interior minister, Manuel Valls, who said nuclear was undeniably a part of the future of French industry.
Guardian 28th Aug 2012 more >>
Exelon Corp will halt efforts to gain regulatory approval to build a new nuclear plant in southeast Texas, the company said on Tuesday.Chicago-based Exelon, the nation’s largest nuclear operator, said it notified the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it will withdraw its application for an early site permit for land near Victoria in southeast Texas.”The action is in response to low natural gas prices and economic and market conditions that have made construction of new merchant nuclear power plants in competitive markets uneconomical now and for the foreseeable future,” said Charles Pardee, Exelon Generation’s chief operating officer.
Reuters 28th Aug 2012 more >>
Fukushima crisis updatre 24th to 27th Aug 2012.
Greenpeace International 28th Aug 2012 more >>
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it will build new tanks to store contaminated water. Tokyo Electric Power Company says the plant is producing 400 tons of contaminated water per day. This is partly because groundwater is entering the reactor building through cracks in walls. TEPCO says the existing tanks have a capacity of 220,000 tons and are 85 percent full. It says they are likely to be full in around 3 months if water accumulates at the current rate.
NHK 27th Aug 2012 more >>
Nuclear energy issues are a top priority for nearly half of voters in the upcoming Lower House election, rivaling perennial concerns about the economy and social security.
Asahi 29th Aug 2012 more >>
This is Japan’s summer of discontent. Tens of thousands of protesters the largest demonstrations the country has seen in decades descend on Tokyo every Friday evening to shout anti-nuclear slogans at the prime minister’s office. Many have never protested publicly before.
Fox News 26th Aug 2012 more >>
Germany’s largest utility E.ON will not build extra power capacity based on coal or gas in western Europe until 2020 because the market will be oversupplied until the final shutdown of nuclear generation.
Reuters 23rd Aug 2012 more >>
UN leader Ban Ki-moon will stress to Iranian leaders this week that they must take “urgent” action on the country’s nuclear drive and human rights, a UN spokesman said. The warning was given as Ban headed for Tehran to take part in the Non-Aligned Movement summit starting Wednesday. The United States and Israel said that Ban should not go to Iran.
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Iran said on Tuesday it has no plans to show its nuclear sites to diplomats visiting Tehran for this week’s Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit, despite an earlier offer by a deputy foreign minister.
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Nuclear energy company, Westinghouse has secured a deal from the Kozloduy NPP to perform a feasibility study on a potential seventh unit at the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant in Bulgaria. Situated 200km north of the city of Sofia and 5km east of Kozloduy town, the plant has good operational and safety record – providing a strong basis to host an additional reactor at the site. The feasibility study calls for a review of two potential designs: a reactor of VVER design utilizing equipment already purchased by the customer together with Westinghouse instrumentation and control (I&C) systems, fuel and a Toshiba turbine generator, and the construction and operation of a pressurized water reactor 1000-1200MW design.
Energy Business Review 28th Aug 2012 more >>
There will be some changes within Fennovoima’s majority shareholder Voimaosakeyhtiö SF. S Group has today announced it is leaving the project. In addition, electric utilities Leppäkosken Sähkö, Lankosken Sähkö and Outokummun Energia as well as Atria and Omya have decided not to participate in the project anymore. Boliden is rearranging its ownership and its share will decrease. Altogether these changes cover less than 10 per cent of the shares of Voimaosakeyhtiö SF. Fennovoima has two direct owners, Voimaosakeyhtiö SF (66 %) and E.ON (34 %). The shares of the two main owners remain unchanged and Fennovoimas project continues as planned. At the moment, Fennovoima is evaluating the plant offers of Areva and Toshiba. The supplier will be chosen in 2012 or 2013. The schedule of the whole project will be settled in the plant contract after that.
Fennovoima 29th Aug 2012 more >>
Officials from Japan and North Korea are holding their first government-to-government talks in four years, amid hopes that new leader Kim Jong-un will adopt a less confrontational approach to relations between his isolated, impoverished communist state and the outside world.
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When the wind on Orkney is strong enough to blow the rain parallel to the pavement, the cluster of gently sloping islands becomes a green energy powerhouse. There are hundreds of small wind turbines dotted across the islands, tall punctuation marks outside farmhouses, cottages and engineering yards, and more than a dozen large commercial machines. On Monday,, as the wind gusted to 45mph, they were powering homes on the Scottish mainland with surplus energy, feeding more than 23 megawatts of electricity into the grid. Orkney has quietly but very deliberately become arguably the most self-sufficient community in the British Isles for its energy, and is home to many of the world’s most advanced wave and tidal power machines. On Tuesday, in Orkney’s second town of Stromness, that status was confirmed when Nicola Sturgeon, deputy first minister of Scotland, announced the world’s most lucrative renewable energy competition: the £10m Saltire prize challenge. Four marine energy firms have entered their wave- and tide-powered devices. Martin McAdam, chief executive of Aquamarine Power says what the prize does do is give his industry a significant boost of confidence. “I like to say no one builds their business plan on the basis of winning a prize but the Saltire prize will bring focus on to the industry,” he said. With extra machines being installed now, Gareth Davies of the Stromness-based renewables consultancy Aquatera estimates that 85% of Orkney’s entire electricity demand will be met by its home-grown renewables industry by early 2013. It will soon exceed 100%. Six communities own their own large wind turbines each turn of the blades earns them 7p and 10 more are considering it. On the island of Shapinsay, the community has bought a minibus, employed an out-of-hours ferryman able to take them to the cinema in Kirkwall and is planning to buy its own boat. The council has begun running Scotland’s only electricity-powered lorry: it collects refuse in and around Kirkwall.
Guardian 28th Aug 2012 more >>
FOUR tidal and wave power developers are competing for a £10 million Scottish award to crack one of the world’s toughest technological challenges, it was announced yesterday. The rival firms – MeyGen, Aquamarine Power, Pelamis Wave Power and ScottishPower Renewables – were revealed as the official competitors for the Scottish Government’s Saltire Prize for marine energy developments. Their task has been dubbed the “Grand Challenge” – to produce clean power from the oceans. The winner will be the firm which generates the greatest volume of electrical output in Scottish waters during a continuous two-year period using only the power of the sea.
Scotsman 29th Aug 2012 more >>
UTILITIES firms SSE and ScottishPower are to share public funding to develop methods for connecting wave and tidal devices to the national grid. Scottish Enterprise and the UK government’s Technology Strategy Board are to invest £6.5 million in a raft of offshore research and development projects worth a total of £13m. The two power companies will work with four tidal turbine developers to come up with a way to connect a broad range of devices to the electricity network.
Scotsman 29th Aug 2012 more >>
The strong tides and choppy waters around Scotland’s coasts hold an estimated 25% of Europe’s potential tidal energy and 10% of available wave power. So, as well as a being the possible world leader in wind power, Scotland is the natural home of marine energy development. Several of the companies leading the push to harness the power of the sea on a commercial basis appear to agree. However, as none of the £10m will be distributed until 2017, it is no substitute for state support towards development and initial commercial deployment of wave and tidal power, the two most capital intensive forms of renewable energy. There are many challenges to be overcome, including improving power conversion and deploying and managing these devices in some of the harshest marine environments in the world. Yesterday Scottish Green MSP Patrick Harvie criticised the SNP Government for talking up the potential of ocean energy while failing to offer adequate day-to-day support. In reality, Alex Salmond continues to hedge his bets on renewables by pursuing a dual high-carbon, low-carbon strategy. So he claims that Scotland can lead the world in reducing its carbon footprint, while approving new coal and waste-to-power incinerators. Meanwhile, support for marine energy remains modest and piecemeal.
Herald 29th Aug 2012 more >>
The UK Governments frequent renewable policy alterations and subsidy announcements seen since the launch of the feed-in tariff have bred uncertainty in the renewables marketplace, preventing strong investment in the sector. These are the findings from Ernst & Youngs latest quarterly global renewable energy Country Attractiveness Indices report (CAI), released today. The indices provide scores in 40 countries for national renewable energy markets, renewable energy infrastructures and their suitability for individual technologies. Ernst & Youngs report finds that the UK has now risen to fifth place in the renewables index, yet this is more to do with the economic conditions in Italy, and less to do with the countrys renewables progression. In fact, the indices has found that since the frequent policy and subsidy announcements made during the second quarter of this year, the general consensus among industry players is that the changes have delivered little certainty for investors.
Solar Portal 29th Aug 2012 more >>