Small “modular” nuclear power stations should in future be considered for the UK instead of large-scale plants such as the proposed Sizewell C, according to a House of Commons committee. The small plants could be manufactured off-site and assembled on-site, according to the Energy and Climate Change Committee. It wants the Government to work with industry to better understand the economics of small modular reactors (SMRs) and assess the conditions under which they might become cost effective in the UK.
East Anglian Daily Times 28th Dec 2014 read more »
Letter: Following the proposal in the White Paper “Implementing Geological Disposal” to carry out a national geological survey, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is holding two events, in Bristol (January 22) and Manchester (February 4), to discuss the national geological screening process. These meetings are supposed to provide an opportunity for the public to have an input into what is to be produced in addition to the specialist meetings they are holding. As well as seeking the views of the public they state that they hope to be able to address as many of the public’s questions as possible. Due to the distances that would be involved to get to either of these locations, we have responded suggesting that they hold a meeting in Cumbria (suggested venues Keswick or Carlisle). In John Dalton’s (stakeholder engagement advisor Radioactive Waste Management) response he stated “we didn’t want to hold a meeting in Cumbria as this could give the impression that we are just looking at Cumbria, which is not the case. Indeed, such is the interest, that Manchester and Bristol are the least inconvenient for the majority of respondents who expressed an interest in attending such meetings. However, if there is sufficient demand we may hold more such initial events post February, and would intend to hold those in other locations. We will have to review the location depending on the response we get to these two meetings”. A spokesman for Radioactive Waste Management Ltd replies: “We asked a wide range of people if they would be interested in finding out more about the National Geological Screening exercise and their preferred location for a meeting. From a transport perspective, Manchester and Bristol are the most convenient for the majority of respondents who expressed an interest in attending and indicated preferred locations.
Whitehaven News 18th Dec 2014 read more »
South Korea’s nuclear power operator has said cyber-attacks on non-critical operations at its headquarters are continuing but the country’s nuclear power plants are operating safely and are secure from attack. Cho Seok, president and chief executive of Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, said the firm had been stepping up its cybersecurity. He gave no details of the continued attacks or the company’s response. “We cannot let cyber-attacks stop nuclear power operation,” Cho told a news briefing. He said a closed network used for reactor operations was inaccessible from external communication lines and impervious to cyber-attacks. “We will continue operating nuclear plants safely against any attempted foul play.”
Guardian 28th Dec 2014 read more »
Ukraine shut down one of the six reactors in its most powerful nuclear power plant today – for the second time in a month – because of an apparent electrical malfunction. The Zaporizhia nuclear plant’s website insisted that radiation levels in the area remained normal after the sixth reactor was “disconnected from the grid by the generator’s internal defence mechanism”. An official statement said the plant was “operating at 40 per cent power… The reasons for the outage are being investigated”.
Independent 28th Dec 2014 read more »
Renewables – solar
Scotland’s solar power capacity has increased by about a third in the past year, according to new figures. More than 35,000 homes and 600 business premises now have solar photo-voltaic (PV) systems, December figures from regulator Ofgem show. The capacity of these systems has reached 140 megawatts, a rise of 32% from 106 megawatts last year. However, solar power capacity is still small compared to wind energy which has almost 40 times the installed capacity. Green energy campaigners are calling on the Scottish government to do more to help homes and businesses harness the power of the sun.
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