In the 18 months since the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following an earthquake and tsunami, as Japan's other nuclear reactors shut for routine maintenance, popular opposition kept them from restarting. The country entered the summer of 2012 with all its nuclear generators shuttered. With a fourth of its pre-Fukushima power supply gone, blackouts were expected, especially in the country's western region.
Alternate Energy Holdings, Inc. says confidence is high in its plans to build a nuclear power plant in Idaho following a number of successes for the nuclear industry as a whole in 2012. Successes include construction commencement on five new reactors and four additional reactor license approvals are expected in 2013 from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Alstom today announced the launch of its “LP75” very long Last Stage Blade (LSB) for nuclear steam turbines at the Nuclear New Build Summit in Shanghai.
AREVA has chosen the Beaumont-Hague site as the location for a test center for its Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology, thereby renewing its commitment to developing French industrial know-how.
Following each of the world's worst nuclear accidents—Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima—governments and plant operators adopted safety and security measures to help prevent future disasters. Most recently, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has designed a new set of rules to harden American reactors against earthquake-triggered failures like those that crippled Japan's Fukushima-Daiichi plant last year.
Ibrahim Khamis, Ph.D., a member of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, has explained the possibility of using current nuclear power facilities as heat sources for efficient and cost-effective production of hydrogen.
Bruce Power, a Canadian electricity generation partnership, has secured approval from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to start power generation in the Bruce A Unit 2 nuclear reactor. Bruce Power includes Bruce A & Bruce B generating stations, with each station equipped with four nuclear reactors.
The U.S. Energy Department, Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) and Savannah River Site have signed three Memorandums of Agreements (MOUs) with NuScale Power, Holtec International and Hyperion Power Generation to establish effective deployment strategies for small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) technologies at SRS in South Carolina.
A report released by The University of Manchester claims that nuclear power can make a considerable contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gases. But, this contribution will also have a significant negative impact on the environment and natural resources of the country.
Elsevier, a supplier of medical, technical and scientific information services and products, has declared the arranging of a Nuclear Energy and Education Conference at the Church House Conference Center in London from 20 to 22 March 2012.