Articles on Nuclear Energy
- Panelists outline problems with U.S. nuclear plant safety
Oct 10, 2013 - Christine Legere - capecodonline.com
BOSTON ï¿½ A panel of nuclear experts says it's time to retire the entire fleet of nuclear reactors in the United States because the consequences of an accident far outweigh the benefits of keeping them active.
- Former Japan Prime Minister calls for ï¿½global networkï¿½ to oppose nuclear power and build a renewable energy future
Jun 5, 2013 - BeyondNuclear.org
On June 4, 2013, the San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, Friends of the Earth and Physicians for Social Responsibility hosted an expert panel on the lessons of the tsunami-triggered Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe for California to bolster the campaign to permanently shut down the damaged San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in San Clemente, CA
- Power from Nuclear Waste
Apr 8, 2013 - MARTIN ROSENBERG - energybiz.com
Technology visionary Bill Gates is actively backing a new approach to nuclear power that he believes will play a huge role in our energy future.
- EIA Projects Massive Growth for Renewables, Nuclear Power Through 2040
Jul 25, 2013 - POWERnews
The U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA's) International Energy Outlook 2013 (IEO2013) released today projects that renewable energy and nuclear power will each increase 2.5% per year through 2040, but fossil fuels will continue to supply almost 80% of world energy use by 2040.
- Japan's nuclear dilemma: Is geothermal the answer?
Nov 6, 2012 - The Christian Science Monitor
Japan's hot spring operators were once vocal opponents of geothermal power, which, along with other forms of renewable energy, is now being considered as an alternative to nuclear power.
- Kuwait scraps nuclear power in light of Fukushima crisis
Mar 8, 2012 - mdn.mainichi.jp
Kuwait is no longer pursuing nuclear power following the disaster in Japan, scrapping a plan last July to build four reactors by 2022, officials of a Kuwaiti government research body told Kyodo News and other media Tuesday.
- Renewable energy passes nuclear as U.S. power source
Feb 8, 2012 - Steven E.F. Brown - bizjournals.com
Renewable energy sources -- wind, water, solar and others -- passed nuclear generation as a share of U.S. power in September, according to the Energy Information Administration.
- Renewables Pass Nuclear
Feb 2, 2012 - Bill Opalka - renewablesbiz.com
Has renewable energy passed a threshold it has been seeking for years? It has surpassed nuclear in energy production and inching up on domestic oil production.
- Germany sets timeline for all nuclear plant shutdowns: puts pressure on PV to cut costs
Jan 31, 2012 - Mark Osborne - pv-tech.org
A dramatic u-turn by German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been officially proclaimed with the announcement that all nuclear plants in the country will be shut down permanently by 2021. Initially, eight of Germanyï¿½s oldest nuclear plants will shut down immediately and the remaining plants will be phased out over the next 10 years. However, three plants could remain operational until 2022 to allow for the possibility of delays occurring in the addition of new energy sources - mainly renewables - as a replacement.
- Energy Costs to Rise 'Viciously' Without Nuclear, IEA Says
Nov. 11, 2011 - Lananh Nguyen - businessweek.com
Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Energy will become "viciously more expensive" and polluting if governments don't promote renewable and nuclear power in the next two decades instead of burning coal, the International Energy Agency said.
- Picturesï¿½Ten Oldest U.S. Nuclear Plants: Post-Japan Risks
Sept. 30, 2011 - nationalgeographic.com
The world's largest nuclear energy producer, the United States, Tuesday aired its first detailed public examination of whether stronger safety standards are needed in light of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
- Japan's renewables bill clears first hurdle in parliament
Sept. 20, 2011 - Chris Whitmore - pv-tech.org
The lower house of Japan's parliament has passed a new green bill aimed at promoting investment in solar and other renewable energy sources and weaning the country off nuclear power.
- Probe: Radioactive Tritium Leaks Found at Many Nuke Sites
Sept. 20, 2011 - moneynews.com
Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows.
- Germany Decides to Abandon Nuclear Power by 2022
Sept. 16, 2011 - abcnews.go.com/Business
Europe's economic powerhouse, Germany, announced plans Monday to abandon nuclear energy over the next 11 years, outlining an ambitious strategy in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster to replace atomic power with renewable energy sources.
- Coming Clean about Nuclear Power
Jun 29, 2011 - scientificamerican.com
Regulators and industry have one precious moment to recapture the public's trust
- After quake, Japan ends bid to boost nuclear power
June 4, 2011 - Mari Yamaguchi - Associated Press - sfgate.com
Japan will scrap a plan to obtain half of its electricity from nuclear power and will instead promote renewable energy and conservation as a result of its ongoing nuclear crisis, the prime minister said Tuesday.
- Nuclear Power is Dead - Part 2
June 4, 2011 - Warren Reynolds - energypulse.net
This is a continuation of a two-part series. In Part II, we will discuss:
* Nuclear Power Plant Costs
* Aging Nuclear Power Plants
* NIMBY Factor
- Nuclear Power is Dead - Part 1
June 4, 2011 - Warren Reynolds - energypulse.net
The U.S. Government is actively looking into the safety of our existing nuclear power plants. Any new power plant design and construction will undergo heavy Government scrutiny before permits are issued. In addition, eight different non-profit clean energy organizations including Green Peace have just recently (2009) petitioned the U.S. Government to stop and abandon all nuclear power plants2.
- Nuclear dilemma: adequate insurance too expensive
May 14, 2011 - Juergen Baetz - Associated Press - energycentral.com
From the U.S. to Japan, it's illegal to drive a car without sufficient insurance, yet governments around the world choose to run over 440 nuclear power plants with hardly any coverage whatsoever.
- Nuclear Power: Still Not Viable Without Subsidies
Mar 06,2011 - Doug Koplow, Earth Track, Inc. - EarthTrack.net
Conspicuously absent from industry press releases and briefing memos touting nuclear powerï¿½s potential as a solution to global warming is any mention of the industryï¿½s long and expensive history of taxpayer subsidies and excessive charges to utility ratepayers. These subsidies not only enabled the nationï¿½s existing reactors to be built in the first place, but have also supported their operation for decades.
- Construction of $12.2 Billion Plant To Turn Nuclear Waste into Glass Takes Shape in Eastern Washington State
Feb 08, 2011 - Seattle Times - McClatchy Tribune News
Rising from the desert sand in eastern Washington state is a construction project unlike any in history.
- Nuclear Energy Loses Cost Advantage
Aug 25, 2010 - By DIANA S. POWERS - New York Times
PARIS ï¿½ Solar photovoltaic systems have long been painted as a clean way to generate electricity, but expensive compared with other alternatives to oil, like nuclear power.
- Fusion Power Gets an Architect
May 20, 2010 - Geoff Brumfiel - nature.com
After a year-long pause it looks like construction may finally swing into high gear at ITER, the multibillion-dollar fusion experiment located in St-Paul-lez-Durance, France...
- Climate Bill Calls for 12 Nuclear Plants
May 18, 2010 - Timothy Gardner - scientificamerican.com
The draft U.S. climate bill expected to be unveiled on Monday contains incentives to help build a dozen nuclear power plants...
- The Coming Nuclear Crisis
May 18, 2010 - arXiv blog - technologyreview.com
The world is running out of uranium and nobody seems to have noticed.
- A New Road to Fusion?
May 18, 2010 - David Chandler - technologyreview.com
Reactor mimics a planet's magnetic field, but the results might be stellar
- Japan plans nuclear power expansion
May 18, 2010 - David Cyranoski - nature.com
Proposal for eight new reactors and nuclear fuel reprocessing faces public opposition.
- Japan fires up its fast breeder
May 18, 2010 - Daniel Cressey - nature.com
Monju, Japanï¿½s prototype fast breeder reactor, restarted operation yesterday.
- Tainted nuke plant water reaches major NJ aquifer
May 12, 2010 - Wayne Parry - Associated Press - Energy Central
Radioactive water that leaked from the nation's oldest nuclear power plant has now reached a major underground aquifer that supplies drinking water to much of southern New Jersey, the state's environmental chief said Friday.
- Fusion power gets an architect
Apr 14, 2010 - blogs.nature.com
After a year-long pause it looks like construction may finally swing into high gear at ITER, the multibillion-dollar fusion experiment located in St-Paul-lez-Durance, France.
- World's largest laser blasted over fusion plan
Apr 12, 2010 - Jeff Hecht - newscientist.com
The world's largest laser is meant to spark off a fusion reaction this year ï¿½ but don't bank on it.
- Laser Nuclear Technology Might Pose Security Risk
Apr 12, 2010 - Richard Harris - npr.org
World leaders have gathered in Washington to talk about how to limit the spread of nuclear weapons. The discussions are mainly about keeping actual weapons, and weapons-grade material, under strict control.
- Nuclear Waste May Get A Second Life
Apr 9, 2010 - Richard Harris - npr.org
The Obama administration is promoting nuclear power, but at the same time it has put an end to plans to bury nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain, Nev.
- Laser 'punch' could bump up fusion power
Apr 1, 2010 - Colin Barras - newscientist.com
How do you create efficient fusion power with fewer radioactive by-products? Use a laser to send the equivalent of a seismic wave through the fuel.
- Nuclear waste piling up in region
Mar 22, 2010 - Pam Sohn - Chattanooga Times Free Press - McClatchy
Three nuclear power plants along the Tennessee River near Chattanooga are storing 3,013 metric tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste.
- Israel, Syria announce nuclear energy ambitions
Mar 9, 2010 - Angela Charlton - The Associated Press
Mideast rivals Israel and Syria on Tuesday each announced ambitions to develop nuclear energy, with Israel facing the prospect that its plan could bring new international attention to its secretive nuclear activities.
- A need for new nukes? "Modular reactors" for energy attract interest
Mar 5, 2010 - David Biello - scientificamerican.co
The entire budget of the U.S. Department of Energy branch that covers today's energy mixï¿½from cleaning up energy generation's environmental aftermath to energy efficiency programs and renewable energy developmentï¿½is $10 billion.
- Hybrid fusion: the third nuclear option
Mar 4, 2010 - Julian Hunt and Graham O'Connor
THE long-anticipated nuclear renaissance has arrived.
- Bill Gates on energy: Innovating to zero!
Feb 28, 2010
At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world's energy future, describing the need for "miracles" to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he's backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.
- Are New Types of Reactors Needed for the U.S. Nuclear Renaissance?
Feb 19, 2010 - David Biello - scientificamerican.com
Ongoing problems with nuclear waste might resurrect plans for reactors that would leave less of it
Nuclear Power By theÂ Numbers
Feb 19, 2010 - Kati Fehrenbacher - earth2tech.com
With all of the attention on nuclear power this week ï¿½ due both to the $8.3 billion in loan guarantees awarded to build the first nuclear plants in the U.S. in almost three decades.
- Small Reactors Generate Big Hopes
Feb 18, 2010 - Rebecca Smith - Wall Street Journal
A new type of nuclear reactorï¿½smaller than a rail car and one tenth the cost of a big plantï¿½is emerging as a contender to reshape the nation's resurgent nuclear power industry.
- Germany likely to phase out the nuclear phase out
Feb 17, 2010 -- Datamonitor
Germany's Atomic Exit Law of 2001 is back on the political agenda. Given coal's poor environmental profile and the expensive and intermittent reality of renewable energy, concerns have been raised over whether Germany can afford to phase-out nuclear power generation and still keep the lights on and meet ambitious emissions reductions targets.
- TerraPower: How The Traveling Wave Nuclear ReactorÂ Works
Feb 15, 2010 - Katie Fehrenbacher - earth2tech.com
When Microsoft Chairman and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates mentioned TerraPower in his speech at the exclusive tech conference TED last week, it was the first time that many had heard of the nuclear project.
- Nuclear Giant Areva Buys Solar Company Ausra
Feb 9, 2010 - Laura Lsensee - Reuters
The world's largest nuclear plant builder, Areva SA, is diversifying into solar power with the aim of becoming an industry leader, as it acquires U.S.-based solar thermal player Ausra, the company said on Monday.
- Obama Budget Increases Funding for Energy Research and Nuclear Power
Feb 2, 2010 - Scientific American
Nuclear energy and energy research are among the big winners in the proposed $28.4 billion Energy Department fiscal 2011 budget the White House unveiled today.
- Leaks imperil nuclear industry
Jan 31, 2010 - Beth Daley - boston.com
The nuclear industry, once an environmental pariah, is recasting itself as green as it attempts to extend the life of many power plants and build new ones. But a leak of radioactive water at Vermont Yankee, along with similar incidents at more than 20 other US nuclear plants in recent years, has kindled doubts about the reliability, durability, and maintenance of the nationï¿½s aging nuclear installations.
- Steven Cowley: Fusion is energy's future
Dec 31, 2009 - Steven Cowley - TED.com
Physicist Steven Cowley is certain that nuclear fusion is the only truly sustainable solution to the fuel crisis. He explains why fusion will work -- and details the projects that he and many others have devoted their lives to, working against the clock to create a new source of energy.
- Uranium Is So Last Century ï¿½ Enter Thorium, the New Green Nuke
Dec 21, 2009 - Richard Martin - wired.com
The thick hardbound volume was sitting on a shelf in a colleagueï¿½s office when Kirk Sorensen spotted it. A rookie NASA engineer at the Marshall Space Flight Center, Sorensen was researching nuclear-powered propulsion, and the bookï¿½s title ï¿½ Fluid Fuel Reactors ï¿½ jumped out at him. He picked it up and thumbed through it.
- Nuclear power isn't the answer, expert says
Nov 4, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Richard Mial La Crosse Tribune, Wis.
Former federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission member Peter Bradford does not believe nuclear power will be a major answer to America's energy issues.
- A Guide to New Nuclear
Sep 8, 2009 - Michael Kanellos - greentchmedia.com
Nuclear power has been stuck in neutral in the U.S. for over 30 years. New reactors and concepts may bring it back. Hereï¿½s a roadmap.
- Nuclear power could cost trillions over renewables
Jun 19, 2009 - Brendan Borrell - Scientific American
Nuclear power plants may not emit greenhouse gases, but they sure could suck in the tax dollars.Â
- 43 more nations planning to have nuclear power plants, association says
May 26, 2009 -McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Kyodo News International, Tokyo
Forty-three more nations, including some emerging countries, have plans to launch nuclear power programs in addition to the 31 economies that currently have atomic power plants, according to a recent report by the London-based World Nuclear Association.
- Will the nuclear power "renaissance" ever reach critical mass?
May 21, 2009 - David Biello - Scientific American
Despite an abundance of plans and applications, new nuclear reactors outside of Asia are few and far between, which puts nuclear's contribution to fighting greenhouse gas emissions at risk.
- TR10: Traveling-Wave Reactor
Apr 10, 2009 - Matt Wald - technologyreview.com
A new reactor design could make nuclear power safer and cheaper, says John Gilleland.
- China Bets Heavily on Nuclear, Wind Power
Apr 8, 2009 - SinoCast Daily Business Beat
China, one of the biggest power consumers worldwide, has paid much attention to clean energy, and particularly, it has decided to greatly boost nuclear and wind power generation.
- The High Cost of Nuclear Power: Why America Should Choose a Clean Energy Future Over New Nuclear Reactors (Maryland)
Mar, 2009 - Maryland PIRG Foundation
Nuclear power is among the most costly approaches to solving Americaï¿½s energy problems.
- The Future of Nuclear Power
Jan 26, 2009 - Scientific American (sciam.com)
The U.S.--and the world--is gearing up to build a potentially massive fleet of new nuclear reactors, in part to fight climate change. But can nuclear power handle the load?
- Billions of fish, fish eggs die in power plants
Oct 18, 2008 - Jim Fitzgerald - The Associated Press
For a newly hatched striped bass in the Hudson River, a clutch of trout eggs in Lake Michigan or a baby salmon in San Francisco Bay, drifting too close to a power plant can mean a quick and turbulent death.
- FPL Says Nuclear Power Should Be Considered a Renewable Energy Supply
Aug 30, 2008 - John Dorschner - The Miami Herald
In the massive discussion that's starting to shape the future of electric power in the state for decades to come, an executive of Florida Power & Light insists that the best way to reduce greenhouse gases is to define nuclear as a renewable energy source.
- Nuclear Sites Cost Warning
Jul 10, 2008 - Birmingham Post
The pounds 73 billion cost of decommissioning nuclear power sites could be increased "significantly", the head of an influential committee of MPs has warned.
- Brown Says World Needs 1,000 Extra Nuclear Power Stations
Jun 13, 2008 - The Independent
Gordon Brown has signalled he wants Britain to play a major role in the race to build an extra 1,000 nuclear power stations across the world as part of his vision for ending the global "addiction to oil". The Prime Minister, who will be flying to Saudia Arabia for an emergency oil summit next week, said in spite of the risks of terrorism, Africa could build nuclear power plants to meet growing demands for energy.
- Egypt's president announces plans to build several nuclear energy plants
Oct 29, 2007 - Maamoun Youssef - The Associated Press
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Monday announced plans to build several nuclear power plants, joining several Middle East Arab countries that recently have said they are kick starting their nuclear energy ambitions.
- Experts warn of severe challenges to peaceful use of nuclear energy
Sep 20, 2007 - Xinhua
Experts warned here on Thursday that the development of the peaceful use of nuclear energy in the world would face severe challenges over the next 25 years.
- China announces plans to build 32 nuclear power plants in next 15 years
Feb 27, 2006 - The Associated Press
BEIJING - China will build 32 nuclear plants over the next 15 years in an effort to meet the country's burgeoning energy needs - more than doubling its reliance on the controversial source, the government said Monday.
- France, India sign civilian nuclear deal
Feb 20, 2006 - UPI
NEW DELHI - India and France put aside their current disagreements to conclude a civilian nuclear agreement that they said will be for peaceful purposes. The agreement was signed in New Delhi following talks between visiting French President Jacques Chirac and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, reports the BBC.
- Iran planning to construct 20 nuclear power plants
Feb 19, 2006 - BBC Monitoring
Tehran - A Majlis deputy from Tabriz, Azarshahr and Osku, Mohammad Hoseyn Farhangi, has said: "The preparation, study and construction of 20 nuclear power plants have been envisaged in the upcoming year's budget bill."
- United States Proposes Global Plan To Encourage Nuclear Energy
Feb 9, 2006 - STATE DEPARTMENT RELEASE/ContentWorks
The U.S. Energy Department has proposed a broad global energy partnership to promote nuclear energy as a clean and safe source of electricity and develop advanced nuclear technologies to prevent spent nuclear fuel from being used to produce nuclear weapons.
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