"Nuclear Energy" tag
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Recent issues demonstrate risks of nuclear power in space

The recent crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and explosion on launch three days earlier of an Antares rocket further underline the dangers of inserting nuclear material in the always perilous space flight equation—as…

Cattenom Nuclear Power Plant - France

France failing to keep up with nuclear reactor maintenance

According to the head of the French Nuclear Safety Authority, Electricite de France SA (EDF) – the largest generator of nuclear power in the world, is unable to keep up with maintenance needs…

The USS Sturgis in Ft. Belvoir for operational testing.

First floating nuclear power station to be scrapped

The USS Sturgis, better known as the first ship converted to carry a nuclear reactor, is set to be towed from its current berth at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in the James River of…

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Solar vs nuclear power in space

A demonstration that in space as on Earth solar power is an alternative to dangerous nuclear power is to come this week when a solar-powered spacecraft called Rosetta will rendezvous with a comet…

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Ruling parties in Japan agree on new basic energy plan

The ruling parties in the Japanese government, the Liberal Democratic party and the New Komeito party, are close to agreeing on a new Basic Energy Plan after working to add new revisions which…

EDF Nuclear Power Plant

France’s nuclear power generation cuts due to increased wind and solar output

The world’s biggest operator of nuclear power plants, Electricite de France (EDF), found itself having to reduce energy production from its nuclear reactors in order to avoid overloading the grid this week. EDF…

Koeberg nuclear power plant - South Africa

Nuclear development in South Africa likely on hold unless funds incorporated from private sector

South African President Jacob Zuma and Energy Minister Ben Martins have continuously committed the nation to build up a nuclear industry. The government has adopted a 20-year Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) which says…

Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant Media Tour

Japan’s new pro-nuclear energy policy facing criticism

  In Japan, how the government defines nuclear power has been an issue of contention since the March 11th nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi. While speaking at a Lower House subcommittee meeting on…

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NHK falls prey to Streisand Effect

It is well known that sometimes, we humans experience unintended consequences for conscious decisions we have made.  Some of these unintended consequences are so frequently encountered that they are named. The Streisand Effect…

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Japanese government unable to persuade citizens of necessity of nuclear energy says former prime minister

An opinion poll conducted by NHK of Japan, found that nearly half of those responding were against the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s plan to allow the restart of shut down nuclear reactors after safety…

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Japan’s nuclear power plants to be forced to assess risks from volcanoes

Japan, one of the most densely populated nations in the world, lies in a zone of extreme crustal instability named the Ring of Fire, where 90% of the world’s earthquakes and a large…

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Japan’s post-Fukushima energy policy advisory board resumes discussions after purging members

In September 2012, after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Japan elected to support an energy policy which was designed to phase out nuclear power, after government polls in August had found nearly half…

US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz

Obama’s pick for Secretary of Energy advocates nuclear and fracking

With the nomination of Ernest Moniz to be the next U.S. secretary of Energy, President Barack Obama has selected a man who is not only a booster of nuclear power but a big…

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Local governments addicted to nuclear subsidies

Only 18 months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, local municipalities in Japan are realizing how much their finances depend on the nuclear power-induced money. “They’re like drug addicts cut off from supplies,” said…

Yeonggwang Nuclear Power Plant

Scandal involving over 7,500 unqualified replacement parts shuts down two South Korean nuclear plants

The Number 5 and 6 nuclear reactors at the Yeonggwang Nuclear Power Plant in South Korea were shut down this week, after it was found that over 7,500 parts in 5 nuclear reactors…

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Japanese government denies responsibility for reactor restarts

Yesterday, Shunichi Tanaka, head official of Japan’s new Nuclear Regulation Authority stated that the NRA is only responsible for nuclear safety criteria, and not judgements related to restarting idled nuclear reactors. This echoed…

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Japan’s government will decide restart of idled nuclear reactors

Japan’s new energy policy allows for a conditional restarting of existing nuclear plants, completion of nuclear construction projects underway, and continued recycling of nuclear fuel. Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters that…

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Japan already justifying exceptions to new energy policy

The recent energy policy named the “Revolutionary Energy and Environment Strategy” by its authors which was adopted in Japan this week was founded upon three principles, no reactor should operate over the 40…

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Nuclear industry takes big hit as former nuclear powers reveal plans to sharply reduce nuclear dependence

This week, Japan and France revealed plans to sharply curb reliance on nuclear energy following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster last year.  Scientists in Japan have also heavily criticized the nation’s nuclear fuel…

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Japan’s new energy policy upsets local and international ties

Japan’s new energy policy calls for the abolishment of nuclear power by the 2030s, but it seems that this latest update does nothing to pacify the unrest in the island nation, and has…

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