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New generation nuclear designs remain elusive

New generation nuclear power stations that produce cheap electricity and less waste always seem about to appear, but so far they have not materialised, promises for the last 18 years, by the United States Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) as a … Continue reading

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About Gen4 nuke thorium reactors

Have always been intrigued by these things but only ever found confusion of strong opinions, for and against. Finally happened across rational explanation of the technology along with irrational cancellation by politicians. Sounds like they could have been a magic … Continue reading

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Nuclear revival runs out of time and money

Toshiba, the giant Japanese company that owns the American reactor designer Westinghouse, is the latest company to face financial difficulties due to unforeseen cost overruns and delays that run into billions of dollars…Westinghouse Electric’s troubles began after it bought construction contractor CB&I … Continue reading

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France’s nuclear power base rocked by Safety fears

France orders nuclear shutdowns to allow reactor safety checks after the discovery Nearly a third of France’s nuclear reactors have been shut down by industry regulators as revelations emerge about the supply of sub-standard parts. As investigations into falsified documents … Continue reading

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New Giga$ nukes in UK

French energy giant EDF, which already operates Hinkley Point B,British PM May has hails “new era UK nuclear power” after it ended years of uncertainty to give final approval to the £18 Billion ($A31.7B) Hinkley Point C plant in Somerset. French … Continue reading

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Nuclear fail: New reactor took 43 years to build, shut down after 2 days

More than four decades after construction began, the Watts Bar-2 reactor was finally connected to the grid on 3 June 2016. However, two days later, while operating at 12.5 percent power, the reactor automatically shut down. >more> RenewEconomy

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Renewable energy versus nuclear: dispelling the myths

Highly recommended analysis by Mark Diesndorf UNSW – This article, a sequel to one busting the myth that we need base-load power stations such as nuclear or coal, examines critically some of the other myths about nuclear energy and RE. It … Continue reading

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Sad UK nuke – Hinkley delayed again – fund shortage, union challenge and safety fears

EDF is also under pressure from investors. The firm’s share price has fallen by more than 50% in the last 12 months and it’s been thrown out of the top tier of the French stock market, leading a French association of employee-shareholders (EAS) to … Continue reading

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Unhappy 21st birthday for Uk’s nuclear white elephants

Reprocessing, by neither THORP nor MOX, never having lived up to expectations, Sellafield now has around 7,000 tonnes of uranium, for which there is currently no use and which must remain under armed guard night and day for fear of terrorist … Continue reading

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Major setback for latest EPR nukes, especially for France

Over budget by 300% and late by 10 years or more, latest crush is material defect in  steel of massive containment vessels, too expensive to rectify. Having been a leader in nuclear, French now saving the planet by adopting renewables. … Continue reading

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