No2NuclearPower news & information about the UK nuclear industry

  • Electricity Supplies
    by pete on 15 May, 2021 at 8:44 am

    The nuclear industry is fond of telling us the sun does not always shine and the wind does not always blow, as if people living in Britain did not already know that. But the point atomic enthusiasts are making is that wind and solar electricity generation is not reliable, while nuclear will keep the lights on. But things are a bit more complicated than that. This is partly because large-scale batteries, pump storage in reservoirs and other ways of topping … read more »

  • Dalgety Bay
    by pete on 15 May, 2021 at 8:43 am

    The clean-up of radioactive pollution by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) at Dalgety Bay in Fife is to start — 31 years after it was first discovered. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has announced that work to decontaminate a stretch of foreshore on the north of the Firth of Forth near a popular sailing club will begin on 17 May. It is expected to be finished in 2022. Sepa promised that the clean-up would provide a “permanent and positive … read more »

  • Chapelcross
    by pete on 15 May, 2021 at 8:42 am

    The Chapelcross Site’s storage facility has taken its first active waste package – a Ductile Cast Iron Container with waste from the site’s former cooling pond, Magnox Limited announced today. The Interim Storage Facility (ISF) can hold over 700 waste packages of four different approved package types, and will be filled over the next five years as part of decommissioning work. Standing at 57 metres long and 23 metres wide, it has been constructed to safely and securely store packages … read more »

  • Nuclear Lobbying
    by pete on 15 May, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Key groups representing the global nuclear industry have penned an open letter to world leaders warning that the proposed retirement of existing nuclear plants could derail the net-zero transition, calling for the technology to have the same access to climate finance as renewables. Edie 14th May 2021 read more »

  • Climate Policy – Scotland
    by pete on 15 May, 2021 at 8:40 am

    What will Scotland’s net zero economy look like? The Scotsman’s webinar, Kick-Starting Scotland’s Green Economic Recovery, heard a range of experts discuss the scale of the challenge ahead. Morag Watson, Head of Policy at Scottish Renewables, said although Scotland was generating 97.4% of its electricity through renewables, there was a big job in decarbonising energy use in transport and heat. While electricity and transport each make up about 25% of energy use, heat accounts for 50% of energy use in … read more »

  • Fusion
    by pete on 15 May, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Two Welsh local authorities that are considering bids to host a nuclear fusion reactor have been warned of concerns about the proposals being put forward by the UK Atomic Energy Authority. In recent weeks, councillors from the Vale of Glamorgan and Pembrokeshire County Council have shown public interest in potentially putting a site forward to host an experimental fusion reactor. Nuclear Free Local Authorities, a body that seeks to increase local accountability over national nuclear policy and identify the impact … read more »

  • SMRs
    by pete on 15 May, 2021 at 8:38 am

    NuScale Power has signed a second Memorandum of Understanding with Canadian commercial marine nuclear power developer Prodigy Clean Energy to support business opportunities for a marine-deployed nuclear power plant using the NuScale small modular reactor (SMR). The two companies have been collaborating since 2018 to investigate the feasibility of integrating NuScale Power Modules into Prodigy’s Marine Power Station, and have completed the conceptual design and economic assessment phases. Quebec-based Prodigy aims to integrate commercial SMRs into marine power plant systems. … read more »

  • Nuclear Weapons
    by pete on 15 May, 2021 at 8:37 am

    The UK & Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) welcomes the decision of Glasgow City Council to pass a resolution yesterday supporting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), as part of the ICAN Cities Appeal. As Scotland’s largest local authority and the headquarters of NFLA Scotland, we are particularly pleased it has given its strong support to a nuclear weapons free world. NFLA 14th May 2021 read more » The National 15th May 2021 read more »

  • Chernobyl
    by pete on 15 May, 2021 at 8:36 am

    ‘A very real problem’: How resurgent nuclear reactions at Chernobyl might be dealt with to avert disaster. Robots and gadolinium nitrate spray among interventions under consideration as scientists concerned by 40 per cent spike in fission activity in reactor room inaccessible since notorious 1986 meltdown. The activity is seemingly the fault of the New Confinement Shelter that was erected to cover the former reactor site five years ago, a giant steel arch structure that, unlike its shoddier predecessor, prevents rainwater … read more »

  • France
    by pete on 15 May, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Having formally launched the development of its third generation of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, France is embarking on a broad renewal of its nuclear forces. The aim is to ensure that its deterrent remains credible into, and beyond, the middle of this century, IISS 14th May 2021 read more » EDF reform: the defeat of Hercules, the proposed split desired by the government and management. After the rejection of the project to split the public energy group, the government pleads for … read more »

  • Slovakia
    by pete on 15 May, 2021 at 8:34 am

    Slovak nuclear regulator Úrad jadrového dozoru (ÚJD) announced yesterday it had issued an operating licence for unit 3 of the Mochovce nuclear power plant, as well as related permits for the management of radioactive waste and used nuclear fuel, and “the early use of buildings”. Interested parties have until 19 June to comment on the regulator’s decision to approve commissioning of the unit, which the government has said it expects to start by the end of this year. World … read more »

  • Heat
    by pete on 15 May, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Heating is one of the biggest and toughest of carbon problems. It accounts for half of all energy consumption overall. Progress in reducing that is slow. Most heating equipment sold still uses fossil fuels. But the options to cut carbon footprints at home are expanding. Installing photovoltaic panels is an increasingly cost-effective source of low carbon electricity, even in not-very-sunny countries such as Britain. Including carbon emitted during manufacturing, the carbon footprint is about 90g CO2e per kilowatt-hour. In a … read more »