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World Nuclear Roundup #37
[From Neutron Bytes , the premier new nuclear news blog. Additional links added by this daryist-DW] In case you were unplugged over the holiday season, here are some global nuclear news items that ...
davidwalters 01/09/2015 6 8 - -
World Nuclear Round Up #34
[Continuing coverage of the world's nuclear renaissance. Here, the French designed EPR is coming on line, apparently on time and at budget. Go figure? This will be 2 reactors each 1700 MWs of non-...
davidwalters 05/22/2013 10 4 - -
Green Nuclear Junk
[I had a small hand in this letter but it was drafted and finally put together by Ben Heard and Geoff Russell.--David Walters] Published at http://decarbonisesa.com/2013/05/16/green-nuclear-junk/ ...
davidwalters 05/20/2013 13 10 1 -
World Nuclear Energy Roundup #33
Comment: First, the pertinent data on Vietnam's energy development; Vietnam has considered establishing nuclear power generation since 1995, and firm proposals surfaced in 2006. Russia has ...
davidwalters 05/09/2013 19 5 - -
World Nuclear Energy Roundup #32
[OK, not "32" but I lost count of how many of these I did so there!] A few news items, mostly garnered from World Nuclear News. Love 'em or hate 'em, they do report on new builds, advances and ...
davidwalters 05/03/2013 14 4 - -
Ontario's Energy Transition
Energy transitions Ontario's approach is in stark contrast to that taken in Germany, which has a commitment to end the use of nuclear power and rely instead on renewable sources. This has seen ...
davidwalters 04/30/2013 8 9 - -
China approaches reprocessing commitment
China is to reprocess used reactor fuel at a plant supplied by Areva, according to a letter of intent signed in Beijing yesterday. The agreement sets out the technical specifications of the future ...
davidwalters 04/26/2013 11 3 - -
Turkey Point Nuclear Plant adds 400MWs!
Florida Power & Light (FPL) is celebrating the completion of a major five-year upgrade program that has added over 500 MWe of capacity to four reactors at its Turkey Point and St Lucie sites. The ...
davidwalters 04/22/2013 42 11 - -
IAE report: World has stalled on clean energy
The world's governments are failing on almost every level to clean up their energy systems and must intervene to support nuclear power, said the IEA, noting that only renewables and electric ...
davidwalters 04/18/2013 9 4 - -
Small Modular Reactors get funding
From the World Nuclear News, reprinted here with permission: A formal agreement with the US Department of Energy (DoE) means that Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) mPower can access the first $79 million of ...
davidwalters 04/16/2013 11 17 1 -
Hansen: Nuclear power has prevented 1.8 million deaths
Emissions from burning fossil fuels are toxic. The effect from a single power plant is small, but if you build a lot of fossil plants, it adds up. Air pollution kills people. Climatologist James E. ...
Keith Pickering 04/04/2013 95 25 1 -
Pique the Geek 20120916: Fluorine, Something You Have Never Seen
Element 9, fluorine, is the first of the halogens , from the Greek halos , "salt", and gonos , "to bring forth". All of the members of this family tend to form salts with metals, but fluorine is ...
Translator 10/16/2012 40 26 1 192
Radiation probes indicate NO melt through at Fukushima Unit 1
[Rod Adams at atomicinsights.com recently published this piece that challenges the commonly held preception(s) about Fukushima. There are now 85 comments on his blog debating this all out. Go to ...
davidwalters 10/16/2012 71 15 2 -
How Much Gasoline Could Hydrogenation of ONE Coal Plant's Waste Produce?
Some people are complaining about the scant attention being paid to climate change in the current election. I'm not among them, and it's not because I am unconcerned with the outcome of the ...
NNadir 10/13/2012 30 20 2 11
Improving India's Nuclear Regulations
[My comments follow this article from the WNA--DW] A parliamentary report on nuclear safety regulation in India has pointed out serious organisational flaws and numerous failings relative to ...
davidwalters 08/24/2012 3 1 - 26
Korean Nuclear Arrests Over Bribes
The whole story, detailed in an amazingly honest fashion by World Nuclear News today details the procurement bribery scandal that rocked the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power workforce be extended to ...
davidwalters 07/12/2012 18 5 - 77
Pique the Geek (Elements) 20120708: Boron - Widely Used and Uncommon
If you follow this series closely, you will remember that the last element that we covered was lithium , and so the next one should be beryllium . However, I wrote about beryllium recently and so ...
Translator 07/12/2012 61 18 - 119
Following Carbon Dioxide Flows In Groundwater with Radioactive Species.
The paper I will discuss in this brief diary is in the "ASAP" section - as of this writing - of the scientific journal Environmental Science and Technology , a publication of the American Chemical ...
NNadir 06/28/2012 31 14 1 154
President Lincoln, General McClellan, and the Cost of Nuclear Reactors.
I am reminded of a famous letter, dated October 13, 1862 that President Lincoln wrote General George B. McClellan, who had already been removed at the Commander in Chief of the Amry but was still ...
NNadir 06/11/2012 13 9 - 212
African Nuclear Energy...and other items
The never ending development of nuclear energy appears to be, well, never ending. Seems this diaryist (dariest? What?) is right...the future of electrical generation appears to be quite the stew pot.
davidwalters 06/05/2012 50 3 - 143
Some Remarks On the PNAS Radioactive Tuna Paper.
Recently here and elsewhere there's been some hubub about the "Fukushima Radioactive Tuna." Hopefully the ignorance, fear and superstition surrounding the famous radioactive tuna will result in ...
NNadir 06/04/2012 107 17 1 525
Pique the Geek 20120506: Promethium, another odd Element
Last time we discussed technetium , and now we shall discuss the only other element with Z promethium (Z = 61). But there is more business than just that, and it has to do with a suggestion that ...
Translator 06/01/2012 28 17 - 121
April 2012: Highest Carbon Dioxide Levels Ever Recorded at the Mauna Loa Observatory.
The fact stated in the title of this diary should surprise no one, although it must be said that carbon dioxide levels do fluctuate annually. The level of the dangerous fossil fuel waste carbon ...
NNadir 05/25/2012 28 19 - 334
Spent fuel at Fukushima Daiichi safer than asserted
[Guest Diary by Will Davis, produced here with permission of the ANS Nuclear Cafe ] By Will Davis In recent days, a number of articles have been printed that assert that a grave danger exists at ...
davidwalters 05/17/2012 323 13 1 487
The Metal Technetium.
Some years back, in 2007 - which in NNadir time is about 150 billion tons of dumped dangerous fossil fuel ago (or in more traditional units of time, about 5 years ago) - I wrote a diary in this ...
NNadir 05/12/2012 19 12 - 270
New Threat to Chernobyl Area Wildlife Observed.
That would be the threat to return people to the area. The PBS series Nature covered the state of wildlife in the exclusion zone in 2011. You may watch the entire episode here: Radioactive ...
NNadir 04/29/2012 95 16 1 448
Some Swell Organic Chemistry for Extraction of Palladium From Used Nuclear Fuel.
One cannot help but to appreciate one's first love, and my first scientific love was synthetic organic chemistry, which is a very beautiful science - one that generates a great sense of aestheticism ...
NNadir 04/27/2012 24 14 1 181
Measuring the Particulate Pollution Levels from Renewable Energy in New Zealand.
A while back an anti-nuke wrote a classic comment in one of my diaries that since indoor air pollution killed "only" 2.0 million people per year - citing a link that I use repeatedly in my ...
NNadir 04/22/2012 60 5 - 380
German nuclear: from the I Told You So Dept
Told you so: Germany's nuclear power phaseout turns off environmentalists After Germany last year committed to closing its nuclear reactors, it's relying more on coal and importing power from ...
davidwalters 04/21/2012 17 11 - 158
New Nuclear News Roundup
The ups and down of the worlds nuclear technology continues to ride like a never ending wave. The latest is here. CHINA: Construction projects in China have moved forward with the dome of unit 1 of ...
davidwalters 04/18/2012 55 7 - 207
Nuclear News World Roundup
From various sources, including WNN, AP, and other sources. Nuclear continues to expand as if Fukushima never happened. Well not quite. But close. Despite rumors of it's demise, mostly by American ...
davidwalters 04/12/2012 74 8 - 182
Problems Arise with S. Korea's Nucelar Program
S. Korea is now a leader in the building and export of Gen III+ Reactors. Up there with Areva's EPR and Westinghouse's AP1000, Korea is building and exporting it's APR1400. Generally the country ...
davidwalters 03/21/2012 6 1 - 72
China's Energy Future: Less Solar and Wind, More Nuclear and Hydro
While most of the energy-related news last week focused on the anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami — and the accident at Japan's Fukushima-1 nuclear plant that was a result of this ...
bryfry 03/14/2012 241 25 4 731
World Nuclear News Roundup
From the coverage at WNN comes the news, good and bad, for nuclear tech deployment around the world. Also other sources a well. These as summations/abstracts usually of the longer articles. First, ...
davidwalters 02/28/2012 84 4 - 213
Coal-to-Nuclear in Missouri
Phasing out coal for cleaner nuclear energy is a major goal of mine, among other pro-nuclear activists...especially those of us on the left, politically, who see nuclear energy as the central energy ...
davidwalters 02/24/2012 72 10 - 234
The Natural Nuclear Reactors At Oklo, and Fundamental "Constants."
It appears that this will represent, should I publish it, the 373rd diary I've written here. Um...um...jeeze...this after taking a break for a year or so...jeeze... My first diary was in the last ...
NNadir 02/19/2012 75 24 - 393
Poland's nuclear future
[Today's diary is dedicated to the never distracted always amusing Harvey Wasserman who believes the world is on the verge of a great 'Solartopia'] From WNN and other sources. Seems Poland is ...
davidwalters 02/10/2012 5 4 - 75
Approval for first nuclear new build in America
From WNN : American safety regulators gave the go-ahead today for the construction of two ...
davidwalters 02/09/2012 120 11 1 396
Smoking Gun – Sierra Club admits donations targeting a natural gas competitor
This is a guess post by Rod Adams. Rod authors Atomic Insights and is ...
davidwalters 02/08/2012 28 6 1 213
Saudi Arabia Goes, Um, Solar, Um, Really?
We have here, a diary written by a very popular diarist - an anti-nuke - on this website, a breathless announcement that the solar industry has been validated by the fact that Saudi Arabia ...
NNadir 01/31/2012 40 9 - 428
No Free Carbon Capture Lunch: Chinese Discussion of "Closed" Carbon Cycles.
I oppose the continued use of dangerous fossil fuels, and want them all to be phased out. Many people give lip service to this conception, but then - and usually propose to couple this lip service ...
NNadir 01/29/2012 50 8 1 231
AP1000 Nuclear Plant Design Approved by NRC!
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted to approve the design for the ...
davidwalters 12/23/2011 26 3 - 176
Vietnam Going Nuclear
As reported recently in this space, Vietnam's commitment to nuclear energy is on course for rapid, yet sober, development. Bloomberg reports: Russia to Lend Vietnam $9B for ...
davidwalters 11/22/2011 55 4 - 173
Nuclear Friday: Asia's expansion
Platts is an energy industry mouthpiece of a higher caliber, a sort of set of "paper of record" where valuable well researched essays can be used to determine what's ...
davidwalters 11/11/2011 14 1 1 59
The Cost to China of Britain's Clean, "Green" Wind Power.
We had an October snow storm here in New Jersey last week, and for much of the weekend following I was without power, and my boys thought it was just great to not have electricity, water or heat.
NNadir 11/09/2011 145 10 - 426
The Needed New Nuclear Diary
Back by popular demand, confusion and generalized centrifugal discussions around all things energy, I feel compelled update DKers about the latest development in nuclear energy. As proven time and ...
davidwalters 11/09/2011 15 8 - 86
Dalai Lama Goes NUCLEAR!
The Dalai Lama has been an active voice opposing nuclear weapons. But after a whirlwind trip touring the tsunami-devastated northeastern patch of Japan for the first time, the religious ...
davidwalters 11/08/2011 65 9 - 268
Iran Seeks More Nuclear Energy
Iran Seeks More Nuclear Energy 14 October 2011 Bloomberg Iran would like Russia to construct more nuclear power stations after the completion of its first Russian-built atomic plant, ...
davidwalters 10/26/2011 30 1 - 66
German Energy Research At Work: "Green" Coal Mining.
Recently a self confessed anti-nuke sockpuppet in this space tried out (again) the lie that the anti-nuke industry is something other than a, well, puppet of the dangerous fossil ...
NNadir 09/23/2011 53 8 - 322
Advance for non-carbon energy in China
From WNN : Construction of the Sanmen nuclear power plant has reached a milestone with the ...
davidwalters 09/23/2011 23 3 - 95
Brazil Goes For Nuclear Energy
As the debate has never ended on nuclear (unlike the exceptions of some, er...hopes of some...) it seems like hydro-heavy Brazil continues to opt for nuclear.
davidwalters 09/17/2011 12 2 - 96
China restarts progress on its nuclear energy program
Post Fukushima: Dan Yurman of Idaho Samizdat penned an interesting summery of the situation with China's new nuclear expansion, and,
davidwalters 09/05/2011 30 4 - 100
Today's Carbon-Free Nuclear News
A continuation of a previous series here on the world of nuclear energy. These will be news only items but DKers can of course comment. ITEM:
davidwalters 08/31/2011 5 4 - 37
France Won’t Build Nuclear Reactors to Make Up for Shutdowns in Germany
Bloomberg reports : France, which depends on nuclear ...
davidwalters 08/30/2011 62 4 - 170
Milestone: Former Soviet Weapons HEU Downblending Has Eliminated 17,000 Nuclear Weapons.
In the 1990's, in part under the auspices of the Clinton Administration, the "Megatons to Megawatts" program, the United States agreed to employ highly enriched uranium (HEU) from dismantled Soviet ...
NNadir 08/25/2011 25 15 - 155
Nuclear Energy News Roundup August 2011
A World Round Up on the State of Nuclear Energy Dominion restores off-site power to North Anna RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Virginia Power'
davidwalters 08/24/2011 4 5 - 68
Were the Japanese Engineers Who Built Fukushima Incompetent?
A news item in the June 2, 2011 issue of Nature , (page 10) which may be the most prestigious scientific journal in the world, reports that 2010 carbon emissions have reached a new record level, 30....
NNadir 08/01/2011 117 20 - 388
Gazprom profiting mightily from German nuclear exit
[Today's energy post is a guest post by Rod Adams , nuclear engineer and investigator of the natural gas industry's manoeuvrings against nuclear energy in alliance with the wind and ...
davidwalters 07/23/2011 93 6 1 203
India: Construction starts on new Rajasthan nukes
From the WNA web site : Units 7 and 8 of the Rajasthan Atomic Power Project are ...
davidwalters 07/18/2011 7 2 - 46
Russian Plans for Massive Expansion of Nuclear Energy
Nuclear energy has been formally recognized as a critical technology in a decree that makes nuclear development a priority ...
davidwalters 07/11/2011 40 8 1 114
How Radioactive Is the Ocean?
Suppose I - or more likely someone else - gave you access to the world's best instrumentation and then asked you to calculate the volume of water in earth's oceans. Think of the ...
NNadir 07/06/2011 100 20 1 368
Nuclear New Builds Roundup
Just when we thought that would be it for nuclear energy, some whole countries are not listening... Here we present a simple round up gleaned from the news of nations not interested in turning back ...
davidwalters 07/05/2011 33 7 - 129
The Direction of Nuclear Energy in Europe
Contrary to the picture that may be portrayed generally, the situation across Europe is very much more nuanced probably appears to be the case. Thus whether one is fighting nuclear or ...
davidwalters 07/01/2011 9 5 - 84
Fukushima: Results for New Nuclear Builds
With the tragedy of the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, focus, among many, moves from the devastating casualties (up to 30,000) and mass destruction of the Japanese infrastructure to the ...
davidwalters 05/12/2011 30 7 - 159
Fukushima Status Update - TEPCO's plan
Here is an update of things from the past couple of weeks and some thoughts on TEPCO's announced plans for the next several months. For those who are new, I have written a number of diaries ...
kbman 04/23/2011 55 45 1 303
Nukes Shut Down With Heat Waves (Updated)
Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse 04/17/2011 125 144 3 1077
Fukushima Status Update 4/4
For those who missed my previous diaries on this topic, I have a background in physics and worked at Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station providing computer support for the reactor core ...
kbman 04/04/2011 100 65 6 528
Pique the Geek 20110403: How Nuclear Reactors Work. Part the Third
The past two weeks we have been looking about current nuclear technology for power production. Almost all of the plants currently in commercial production are the so called Generation II and ...
Translator 04/03/2011 110 26 1 142
Fukushima Status Update 4/1 AM (full update)
For those who missed my previous diaries on this topic, I have a background in physics and worked at Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station providing computer support for the reactor core ...
kbman 04/01/2011 238 195 13 1613
Fukushima Status Update 3/30 (another quickie)
There have been a number of developments I want to mention. Again I need to make this a quick rundown as I need to work on projects I've been neglecting. Units 2 and 3 are no longer able to hold ...
kbman 03/30/2011 100 86 2 813
Fukushima Status Update 3/29
I need to make this a quick update due to approaching deadlines for projects I've been neglecting as this emergency situation has developed. I'm going to skip the unit by unit rundown and other ...
kbman 03/29/2011 129 122 4 1162
Pique the Geek 20110327: How Nuclear Reactors Work. Part the Second
There was a good bit of feedback from last week's installment, and I want to point out that I am always glad when people point out flaws in my treatment. I emphasized a particular sort of reactor, ...
Translator 03/28/2011 28 16 - 109
Pique the Geek 20110320: How Nuclear Reactors Work Part the First
With the news about the horrible failure of the nuclear reactors in Japan, it occurred to me that many people do not really understand how nuclear reactors work. This is the first part of a short ...
Translator 03/28/2011 55 26 5 145
Radioactivity, part 3: rads, rems, etc.
Over the weekend, I wrote two diaries on the isotopes of concern to scientists and the public in the event of a possible release of radioactive material from a nuclear power plant ([http://www....
Samer 03/27/2011 110 81 7 626
Radioactivity, part 2: The bigger danger from nuclear fallout
Last night, I posted a diary explaining why [http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/13/955832/-Radioactivity,-part-1:-Why-Japan-is-giving-iodine-to-its-residents Japan is planning to give iodine to ...
Samer 03/27/2011 52 83 3 493
Radioactivity, part 1: Why Japan is giving iodine to its residents
As you may have read, the Japanese government plans to distribute tablets of potassium iodide to deal with potential exposure to radioactivity as a result of the radiation leaks at nuclear power ...
Samer 03/27/2011 67 148 7 1167
Fukushima Status Update 3/27 (Reactor water is in the ocean)
For those who missed my previous diaries on this topic, I have a background in physics and worked at Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station providing computer support for the reactor core ...
kbman 03/27/2011 207 189 6 1621
Radiation, Cancer, and the Linear No-Threshold Model
With the recent events in Japan, there have been a lot of diaries and comments discussing what can happen, what sort of worst-case scenarios there are, but I have yet to see a diary discussing ...
raoul78 03/26/2011 143 70 7 533
Mark Twain Redux ...
"A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is still trying to put on its pants." -Mark Twain (Or something to this effect, tough to find the exact wording using ...
kbman 03/26/2011 20 7 - 159
Fukushima Status Update 3/25
For those who missed my previous diaries on this topic, I have a background in physics and worked at Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station providing computer support for the reactor core ...
kbman 03/25/2011 167 42 4 419
Fukushima Status Update 3/24
For those who missed my previous diaries on this topic, I have a background in physics and worked at Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station providing computer support for the reactor core ...
kbman 03/25/2011 53 36 2 341
Fukushima Status Update Tuesday PM - MAJOR UPDATE 2AM
For those who missed my previous diaries on this topic, I have a background in physics and worked at Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station providing computer support for the reactor core ...
kbman 03/25/2011 430 255 13 2699
Fukushima Status Update Monday PM Edition
For those who missed my previous diaries on this topic, I have a background in physics and worked at Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station providing computer support for the reactor core ...
kbman 03/25/2011 67 39 3 317
Fukushima Status Update Summary
For those who missed my previous diaries on this topic, I have a background in physics and worked at Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station providing computer support for the reactor core ...
kbman 03/25/2011 289 205 9 1348
Everything You Never Wanted to Know about Nuclear Containments
(But were afraid you might need to ask.) Understanding events in Japan requires a fairly in depth understanding of the structures that hold the nuclear reactor and associated equipment. Looking at ...
kbman 03/25/2011 214 91 12 684
What, exactly, IS a nuclear meltdown?
Over the past couple of days I've read several news stories, diaries, and comments concerning the nuclear plant emergency in Japan. In responding to a comment recently it occurred to me that most ...
kbman 03/25/2011 332 122 3 1098
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