Kansas State University's nuclear reactor control console in Ward Hall will be getting a much-needed upgrade, funded by a $1.5 million Nuclear Engineering University Partnerships grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Scientists at the University of Sheffield calculate that all of the UK's high level nuclear waste from spent fuel reprocessing could be disposed of in just six boreholes 5km deep, fitting within a site no larger than a football pitch.
Almost four years after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, farmland remains contaminated with higher-than-natural levels of radiocesium in some regions of Japan, with cesium-134 and cesium-137 being the most troublesome because of the slow rate at which they decay.
A project investigating the role of nuclear power on the energy map of Europe is about to be started in the Lappeenranta University of Technology, LUT. The study will involve, in total, 26 European countries and is the most extensive project studying nuclear power in Europe. It is the first to form a comprehensive picture on the role of nuclear power in Europe.
Westinghouse Electric Company and the National Nuclear Energy Generating Company (NNEGC Energoatom) today agreed to significantly increase fuel deliveries to Ukrainian nuclear power plants through 2020. This increased cooperation between Westinghouse and Energoatom will bring diversification and security of nuclear fuel supplies for Ukraine’s reactor fleet.
Scientists have long known that seawater contains small concentrations of valuable metals, but a technologically feasible extraction method has remained elusive. The University of Chicago's Carter Abney, a graduate student in chemistry, has been developing materials called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to help address the problem.
Dr Jon Major is a research fellow in the University’s Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy.
The University of Manchester researchers have found bacteria that can endure extreme conditions of radioactive waste disposal sites in soil samples obtained from a highly alkaline industrial site located in the Peak District.
When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects — specifically, the lack of cooling for the reactor cores, due to a shutdown of all power at the station — that caused most of the harm.
Shale, the source of the United States' current natural gas boom, could help solve another energy problem: what to do with radioactive waste from nuclear power plants. The unique properties of the sedimentary rock and related clay-rich rocks make it ideal for storing the potentially dangerous spent fuel for millennia, according to a geologist studying possible storage sites who made a presentation here today.
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