THE Stop Hinkley campaign has slammed the idea that lorries could carry nuclear waste through the area to the Hinkley Point A site. Proposals are currently being discussed by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to send contaminated containers from three other nuclear power stations in the UK to Hinkley Point A near Bridgwater. The group says that the skips would be sent for decontamination and storage with the thin outside layer of the contaminated steel removed from the containers and the parts that could not be decontaminated stored on site.
Bridgwater Mecury 8th Dec 2015 read more »
Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News 8th Dec 2015 read more »
The first batch of unused fuel from Dounreay’s Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) in Caithness has been transported to Sellafield in Cumbria. Fuel and other radioactive material is being sent from the Scottish nuclear power site to the one in England for reprocessing or storage. It will take several years to complete the project to move all the material. The PFR was shut down in 1994 and the building and others at Dounreay are being demolished. A second reactor on the site, the Dounreay Fast Reactor, was closed in 1977. Unused fuel and material known as “exotics”, which includes highly enriched uranium, are being transported to Sellafield. Low-level radioactive waste will be stored at the Dounreay site.
BBC 7th Dec 2015 read more »
The first consignment of “exotic” plutonium nuclear material has been transported from Dounreay in Caithness more than 400 miles away to England. A batch of fuel manufactured for the Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) at Dounreay arrived safely amid high security at Sellafield in Cumbria yesterday. The cargo, which was never used, is the latest fuel to be removed from Dounreay as part of a programme that started in 2001 following the decision to close the site. Last night, Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) would not disclose how the fuel was transported to Sellafield for “security reasons”.
Press & Journal 8th Dec 2015 read more »
The first batch of unused fuel for the Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) at the UK’s Dounreay site has been transported to Sellafield as part of the site’s defuelling program.
World Nuclear News 8th Dec 2015 read more »
Hitachi has appointed a new project director for its proposed £8bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant. Malcolm Twist will become the Anglessey project’s new director, after the appointee spent the last 12 months working on the plant as an adviser. He will lead the engineering, procurement and construction delivery team, when it is formed. Mr Twist has been advising during discussions between Hitachi and prospective tier one contractors for the Wylfa project. His previous roles include five years as head of supply chain and outage at British Energy and six years as director of Biofuels Wales – the first biofuel project in the principality.
Construction News 8th Dec 2015 read more »
The National Grid is being urged to “go back to the drawing board” and scrap plans to install overhead pylons on the island. This morning (Wednesday) Anglesey Council is expected to officially ask the grid to consider underground cables as “a real alternative” to more pylons. This follows a public meeting on Friday which saw around 150 people make their views known, as the discussion over how to connect the planned Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant to the main network, intensifies.
Daily Post 9th Dec 2015 read more »
John Ashton: Rule one of diplomacy is, walk your talk: otherwise people stop listening. In Paris last week David Cameron called for “action today”, not excuses tomorrow, on climate change. Back home, his ministers are already making excuses for what looks increasingly like a systematic repudiation of 10 years of successful action to build a prosperous low-carbon economy in Britain. The job of government on climate change is to ensure attractive and stable conditions for investment in the low-carbon transition. In recent months our government has hit the brakes on onshore wind and solar energy, on energy efficiency and on community renewable schemes. Its plan to sell off the Green Investment Bank will destroy a crucial financing mechanism. Its trashing of a 10-year effort to make the UK a leader in carbon capture and storage blew away more than £100m in imminent investment from China. Its surreptitious edging away from its 2020 renewables target casts doubt on all its climate promises.
Guardian 8th Dec 2015 read more »
Jeremy Corbyn: Governments should not be the only actors on the stage; they cannot achieve this world alone. All of us must remake the material world, together. We must be confident in the technology we have and the technology we can invent. We must get organised, harnessing the extraordinary powers of connectivity humanity has developed for itself. All of this must be driven by democracy in the production of energy, following Germany’s lead, in which an energy market previously dominated by four big corporations has been transformed into one with two million citizen-suppliers. Democracy in developing energy jobs: three quarters of all jobs in Germany’s energy transition are now involved in turning homes into “energy-zero buildings”. In the world we want, ordinary people, trade unions and businesses will have the power to shape the future they want, not just through government but because democracy is meaningful and real. How do we get to this world? First, the transition must be just. Environmental politics must include people working in today’s economy. Governments must invest in the skills and technologies we need to take advantage of the millions of new jobs that the low-carbon sector can create, protecting working families in the transition. Second, we must resist measures set out by our government that take us backwards. The Conservatives simply do not understand the huge opportunities that the low-carbon sector offers, or that investment and borrowing can enable future generations to contribute to the upfront costs of a fairer, greener world. They are blinded to simple economic logic: that now is the time to invest, when the cost of borrowing is as low as it ever has been. Third, governments must not only commit public investment to cleaner energy and infrastructure, but channel private trillions too. They must use a range of policy levers to direct investment and shape markets. Fourth, all of us — towns and cities, businesses and investors, activists and trade unions — must localise the production and consumption of energy. Already 6,500 towns and city regions in Europe have committed to becoming tomorrow’s sustainable cities. We must follow their lead.
Times 9th Dec 2015 read more »
Nukes vs Climate
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) deputy director general Mikhail Chudakov has called on world leaders to consider nuclear power as an important contributor to a sustainable energy future at the COP21 climate conference in Paris.
World Nuclear News 8th Dec 2015 read more »
France relies on nuclear power for around 75 percent of its electricity needs. So why is nobody talking about nuclear at the big environmental summit hosted by Paris? The huge French pavilion that was built for the COP 21 climate conference includes over a dozen spacious stands showcasing France’s leadership in various fields of science, technology, education and ecology. But nowhere does the pavilion mention nuclear energy, completely dismissing this key French sector from the country’s energy landscape. Conference participants curious about nuclear power will also find it difficult to find any information on the subject, from either groups who oppose atomic energy or those who defend it. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is organising a talk called “Why the climate needs nuclear energy”, just a day before the conference ends. The isolated event will nevertheless be easy to overlook amid dozens of competing panels, not to mention the last dash to secure an international climate deal. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has a booth in the Exhibits Area of the convention centre, but denies it is here to advocate the use of nuclear power. Greenpeace, a strong critic of nuclear energy, prepared a briefing for its campaigners in view of the COP 21, but the group is not addressing the issue directly in Paris.
France24 8th Dec 2015 read more »
The nuclear industry and its governmental allies in the U.S., France, and elsewhere are here in force–with exhibit booths and events promoting nuclear power as a climate solution–whereas no explicitly anti-nuclear groups have been allowed to have an exhibit booth or hold an official event. Those decisions were made before the prohibition on public protests after the horrible violence on November 13 that have dampened the voice of protest outside the UN conference grounds. But they underscore the influence of corporate sponsors at the COP–like Electricite de France (EDF), the largest nuclear power company in the world. The industry is desperately trying to make itself seem relevant in the face of global stagnation, and avoid accelerating into rapid decline. Nuclear is not a solution to global warming, but it is also completely incompatible with a warming planet. And if the climate treaty will not limit climate disruption enough to prevent whole nations from being ravaged, then the implications for nuclear safety are pretty dire, too.
Green World 8th Dec 2015 read more »
The Nuclear Industry Association’s annual conference saw a broad consensus from both industry and non- industry leaders of the need to retain public confidence in the sector as any strides made were deemed to be inconsequential without it. Stephen Bray, Public Affairs and Consultation Manager at NuGen spoke about the most recent survey published by the industry, which showed that 30 per cent of those polled knew little about nuclear power. He said the industry should see that as a positive. “Irrespective of the leader’s opinion 32 years held there is a broad, deep and reliable cross-parliamentary consensus on nuclear,” Jamie Reed MP said. “There’s nothing technical stopping us solving the nuclear waste issue. It’s politics that stops us solving it.” The politicians at the event were sceptical about the possibility of renewables filling the gap as 20- per cent of old plant in the UK is retired. The power generated by the UK’s nuclear fleet avoids around 40 million tonnes of emissions per year, and according to the NIA claims that will have to be compensated with by imported power if new nuclear isn’t developed . Mowat said, “When you look at the numbers it’s very difficult to get there with renewables and I don’t think anyone us in this room is against renewables.”
PennEnergy 8th Dec 2015 read more »
In November 2015, the Sussex Energy Group submitted written evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s inquiry into the future of the UK electricity infrastructure. The discussion evolves around a range of institutional and governance challenges of upgrading the UK electricity infrastructure. The importance of flexibility and support for non-traditional business models for energy, especially in the context of municipal energy management, for developing a low carbon network were among those highlighted in the discussion. The submission identifies three economic values that could be realised by a more strategic approach to smart-grid investment on a city-region basis: (1) Renewable energy connection co-ordination; (2) Inward investment stimulus; and (3) Municipal supplier load control.
SPRU 8th Dec 2015 read more »
Work has begun on selecting material to be held at a £20m nuclear industry archive in Wick in Caithness. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) facility being constructed at a former RAF site will hold records from UK civil nuclear complexes. They include Dounreay in Caithness, Sellafield in Cumbria, Harwell in Oxfordshire and Winfrith in Dorset. Records and other documents in hundreds of thousands of boxes at each of the sites are being sorted, the NDA said. More than 70 years’ worth of information and up to 30 million digital records will be stored at the archive in Wick. Construction of the building should be completed next year.
BBC 8th Dec 2015 read more »
Bangladesh plans to “build a nuclear city” in Rooppur using Russian reactors designed with ‘post-Fukushima’ safety features, Anwar Hossain of the country’s Ministry of Science and Technology said this week. Hossain headed a delegation on a technical tour of Russia’s Novovoronezh nuclear power plant on 1-3 December.
World Nuclear News 8th Dec 2015 read more »
How afraid should you be of the H-bomb? A Google Maps mash-up, NUKEMAP, lets you see for yourself – from a safe distance.
Independent 8th Dec 2015 read more »
Renewables – Scottish Targets
The SNP has today (9 Dec 2015) highlighted new evidence which suggests that Westminster decisions could put at risk the Scottish Government’s renewable energy targets and efforts to tackle climate change. Written evidence to Holyrood’s Energy and Enterprise Committee from Scottish Renewables states that the early closure of the Renewables Obligation and delays to the allocation of Contracts for Difference at Westminster mean that Scotland ‘could miss the target of generating 100% of the equivalent annual demand for power.”
Scottish Energy News 9th Dec 2015 read more »
Scottish Water has overseen the launch of the UK’s first heat-from-sewage scheme at Borders College Galashiels campus in Scotland. The scheme, developed by tech firm SHARC Energy Systems, was designed to intercept wastewater from a sewer close to the local treatment works and uses a heat pump to amplify the natural warmth. The heat produced will be sold to Borders College under a 20-year purchase agreement and will provide around 95 per cent of the heat needed by the Galashiels campus, producing savings in energy, costs and carbon emissions. The system, installed using a £4 million investment from Equitix and the UK Green Investment Bank, is expected to save Borders approximately £10,000 a year for the next 20 years.
Utility Week 8th Dec 2015 read more »
Renewables – floating turbines
Siemens has been contracted to supply 30 MW of wind turbines to what will be, upon completion, the world’s largest floating wind farm. Siemens made the announcement last week, revealing that it had been contracted by Norwegian company Statoil to provide five of its SWT-6.0-154 direct drive offshore wind turbines for the 30 MW Hywind Scotland Project, an offshore floating wind project that is being developed 2 kilometers off the coast of Peterhead, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Clean Technica 7th Dec 2015 read more »
“It’s a mistake to think that you need to spend billions more on research to be able to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy, and to think that we can’t reduce emissions dramatically until we find the next technology miracle,” Jacobson says. “We don’t need (new technologies). It’s not that innovation is not good, it’s just that the solution is already there. We can have a clean and a low-cost grid.” In Jacobson’s solution, battery storage does not yet feature, mainly because right now it is more expensive than other alternatives, such as existing hydro, pumped hydro, and various thermal storage technologies. He points, for instance, to Stanford itself, which uses excess solar electricity during the day to create a huge block of ice and then use that for air conditioning. Three weeks ago, a natural gas plant at the campus was bulldozed, making way for a series of heat exchangers, boilers and a chiller. Conversely, a small town in Canada buries excess heat from solar collectors in summer in insulated rocks underground to provide heating in winter.
Renew Economy 9th Dec 2015 read more »
The Edinburgh-based Green Investment Bank has invested £17½ million to help a major UK retail bank go ‘green’. In the UK’s largest fully-funded LED-lighting retro-fit programme, more than 90,000 LED ‘green’ light bulbs will be fitted in 800 Santander bank branches around Britain. The SDCL-managed UK Energy Efficiency Investments Fund, in which GIB is a cornerstone investor, is investing £8.4m in the project. A further £9.1m of private sector investment has been mobilised from a parallel fund, UK Energy Efficiency Investments 1A.
Scottish Energy News 9th Dec 2015 read more »
Scottish property experts have predicted that fracking in the central belt could hit house prices by up to 10 per cent, according to a survey by The Ferret. They said that, despite the SNP moratorium on fracking, the prospect of new industrial sites springing up in central Scotland has already become an issue for some potential buyers. A survey of property professionals undertaken by The Ferret as part of its investigation into fracking in Scotland, has revealed that the majority predict the practice will have a negative impact on house prices. John Rafferty, director of Kelvin Valley Properties, a firm which covers Scotland’s central belt, predicted a price fall of up to 10 per cent in any area where fracking gets the go ahead.
Ferret 8th Dec 2015 read more »