PEACE activists from Oxford chained themselves to railings outside Parliament to protest the pace of nuclear weapons talks.
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FORATOM, the voice of the European nuclear energy industry, called on the European Commission and other EU institutions to recognise and reward the long-term operation (LTO) of nuclear reactors given its role in meeting Europe’s long-term climate goals during a workshop held yesterday in Brussels.
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Foratom, the European nuclear trade body, has called on the European Commission and other EU institutions to recognise and reward the long-term operation (LTO) of nuclear power reactors in their role to help Europe meet its climate targets.
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Late last night the EU took another major step towards delivering a net zero emissions target for the bloc, providing one of the clearest signals yet to governments, investors and businesses that climate policies are set to become considerably more ambitious over the coming decade. Representatives from the European Commission, Parliament and Council negotiated long into the night over the final details of the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union, with the Parliament and Member States clashing over whether to include an explicit target to deliver a net zero emission economy by 2050. In the end, the parliament compromised, agreeing to a regulation that instead commits to the EU delivering a net zero emission economy “as early as possible”. However, the trade-off resulted in significant new concessions for those who want to see the EU adopt a more ambitious climate strategy.
Business Green 20th June 2018 read more »
The company responsible for the Taishan nuclear power plant has confirmed to the Macau Unitary Police Service that tests are currently being conducted on one of the reactors of the plant, which, according to a report by Hong Kong media, China’s National Nuclear Safety Administration is said to have experienced six major issues with just a week before the test. A previous report by FactWire last year had indicated that cracks had been found in important components of the Unit 1 reactor, with CGN then stating that ‘partial defects’ were found in the wielding of the reactors’ three parts, but that the component – which helps cool down the reactor – is not part of the nuclear safety system.
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On a cold day in February, Takuto Okamoto guided his first tour group to a sight few outsiders had witnessed in person: the construction cranes looming over Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Seven years after a deadly tsunami ripped through the Tokyo Electric Power plant, Okamoto and other tour organisers are bringing curious sightseers to the region as residents who fled the nuclear catastrophe trickle back. Many returnees hope tourism will help resuscitate their towns and ease radiation fears. But some worry about drawing a line under a disaster whose impact will be felt far into the future. The cleanup, including the removal of melted uranium fuel, may take four decades and cost several billion U.S. dollars a year.
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Prompted by the high cost of complying with new post-Fukushima Dai-ichi accident safety measures, the Japan Nuclear Regulation Authority on June 13 said it had approved of a decommissioning plan for the Tokai reprocessing plant in Ibaraki Prefecture. The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) would have borne the cost of the safety upgrades, submitted plans for decommissioning in June 2017 after declaring the costs prohibitive in September 2014 after the new regulations went into effect in 2013.
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Finnish waste management company Posiva said it will soon begin the full-scale final disposal test for used nuclear fuel at the Onkalo underground characterisation facility. The test is designed to demonstrate that the final disposal process will work as planned, a condition for obtaining an operating licence for the repository under construction at Olkiluoto.
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Mark Diesendorf: Science tells us that, to avoid devastating climate change, we must rapidly cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero. How fast is possible? This article focuses on the transition of the electricity industry to 100% renewable electricity together with energy efficiency, for the following reasons: energy generation is the major contributor to emissions; energy efficiency together with renewable energy form the cheapest, safest and cleanest combination of energy technologies; and a renewable energy future is likely to be based mostly on renewable electricity, because electricity is the least difficult form of energy to transition. So far two extreme viewpoints have characterised the debate. On one hand, the ground-breaking Zero Carbon Stationary Energy Plan set a decadal transition as its aspirational target. At the other extreme, Vaclav Smil, an expert on historical energy transitions, argues in his book that ‘the process of restructuring the modern high-energy industrial and post-industrial civilization on the basis of non-fossil, that is, overwhelmingly renewable, energy flows will be much more challenging that [sic] was replacing wood by coal and then coal by hydrocarbons.’
Renew Economy 21st June 2018 read more »
A new report from RenewableUK has this week underscored the growing significance of the country’s offshore wind sector, as it continues to dominate a global markjet that grew over 10 per cent last year. Released at the trade body’s annual offshore wind conference yesterday, the new report details how the UK tops the global offshore wind market league table with 35.2GW of capacity either in operation, development or planning. Germany came in second place with an offshore wind farm fleet and pipeline of 23.4GW and Taiwan completed the top three with 8.3GW. Overall, 104GW of offshore wind capacity is eiher operational or in development or planning globally, an increase of over 10 per cent on last year. Close to £19bn is expected to be invested in new capacitry through to 2021 with employment across the sector set to double over the next decade.
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The Scottish Government has announced a £2 million fund for innovation in offshore wind energy. It is targeted at reducing development costs, improving safety standards and enhancing educational opportunities in the industry. The grant has been awarded to Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and Energy Skills Partnership. The ORE Catapult will use the funding for technological advancements in service vessels, offshore communications and artificial intelligence.
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The world’s most powerful offshore wind turbines were commissioned yesterday and are now fully confirmed for use on the 100 turbine Moray (East) Wind Farm development, due to begin construction in 2022. MHI Vestas Offshore Wind said it had secured final certification for the “world’s most powerful available turbine”. The Moray Firth based wind project will include the supply and installation of 90 MHI Vestas V164-9.5 megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine generators. The development is a joint venture company owned by EDP Renewables (77%) and ENGIE (23%).
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Glasgow City Council has secured £940,000 from the European Commission to realise its plan to transform a city car park into a solar power centre. The award from the EU Horizon 2020 fund will go towards building a canopy of solar panels above the council-owned car park on Duke Street. The panels will be primarily used to power the car park, which includes ten charging points for electric vehicles. Money from the award will also be used to install a 500kW battery and a controller.
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Scientists have edged closer to uncovering a new class of materials, called halide double perovskites, which could be capable of splitting water – something that could aid the storing of solar energy. That’s according to researchers behind a newly published paper in Applied Physics Letters, from AIP Publishing. “Solar energy is clean and abundant. But when the sun isn’t shining, you must store the energy in batteries or through a process called photocatalysis, in which solar energy is used to make fuels,” explained the researchers behind the discovery. “In photocatalytic water splitting, sunlight separates water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen and oxygen can then be recombined in a fuel cell to release energy.”
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Loch Ness could become home to a large hydroelectric plant after a renewable energy firm revealed proposals for an underground facility opposite Urquhart Castle. The company says that the visual impact would be “minimal” and that the station would power more than 65,000 homes and could create 300 jobs. The proposed Red John Pumped Storage Hydro Project would run between Loch Duntelchaig and Loch Ness, with a generating capacity of 400MW. The plans by Intelligent Land Investments (ILI) Group, which is based in Hamilton, have been welcomed in the area and Dores community council is considering investing in the project. Mark Wilson, ILI’s chief executive, said: “This is a very exciting and significant project for us and would create hundreds of jobs during construction – between 200 and 300 – and employ dozens when operating.” The company has been focusing on renewable energy and small onshore windfarms in the past nine years, but started looking at hydro four years ago.
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