The public’s perception of the safety of nuclear power is one of the industry’s largest hurdles to greater adoption, with horror stories around Chernobyl and Fukushima dominating the narrative, but the next generation of reactors will be safer than ever, say industry experts. Public concern surrounding nuclear power focuses on a range of potentially catastrophic scenarios, including sabotage or attacks on existing plants, theft of weapon-grade materials, cyber attacks on a plant’s systems, dirty bombs from nuclear waste, natural disasters causing leakage from a damaged plant and meltdowns. The 2020 Nuclear Security Index (NTI) found that global nuclear security has slowed significantly in the last two years, with progress on protecting nuclear materials against theft and nuclear facilities against acts of sabotage the most affected.
Nuclear Energy Insider 18th Aug 2020 read more »
Merseyside shipyard and maritime engineering company Cammell Laird is harnessing virtual modelling expertise from the University of Liverpool to overcome project delivery challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis. Faced with a potential delay to the risk-assessment phase of a vital, government-funded alternative energy project, Cammell Laird has called upon experts at the University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC). The shipyard is currently in the second phase of delivery on the project, which will see it transfer its world-class experience of modular shipbuilding to the nuclear energy sector. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is sponsoring a series of studies through its Energy Innovation Programme to make alternative power generation systems, simpler, safer and more economical to deliver. As part of this initiative, Cammell Laird submitted a successful bid to develop an onsite facility that would enable it to design, construct, outfit and deliver modular power plant sections – focusing on fuel assemblies for sodium cooled reactors.
Liverpool University 20th Aug 2020 read more »