Europe sets its energy goals for 2030

24 October 2014

European Union heads of state have agreed binding targets for the EU to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, raise efficiency and deploy renewables by 2030.

Coming on top of targets for 2020, the new goals aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40% compared to 1990 levels by 2030, while efficiency should reach a 27% increase on the same baseline. Renewables should be deployed to make up a total of 27% of EU energy by 2030.

The goals were agreed by the European Council of member states leaders yesterday and lauded by its president Herman Van Rompuy as bringing "a positive message to the international climate negotiations" - the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris next year.

UK nuclear manufacturing centre gears up

24 October 2014

Nuclear AMRC Dorries Contumat 71x48Britain's Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre has taken delivery of two new machining centres capable of producing large parts for nuclear, offshore and wind power applications.

Hanford reactor unsealed for inspection

23 October 2014

Hanford F Reactor 48Workers have entered the cocooned former plutonium-producing F Reactor at the Hanford site in the USA for the first time in six years to conduct a scheduled inspection.

Balakovo-1 life extension report in December

23 October 2014

Russian architect-engineer Atomenergoproekt expects to complete in December its work on a draft document to support the operating life extension of unit 1 of the Balakovo nuclear power plant in the Saratov district.

Separate repository for US military waste?

24 October 2014

The US Department of Energy should consider disposing of the primarily defence-related high-level radioactive waste and used fuel that it manages separately from waste generated by the commercial nuclear energy industry, a report written on its behalf recommends.

Floating plant to be delivered in 2016

23 October 2014

Academician Lomonosov 48The Baltiysky Zavod in St Petersburg is on schedule to deliver the first floating nuclear power plant to its customer, Russian nuclear power plant operator Rosenergoatom, in September 2016, the shipyard's general director Aleksey Kadilov said today.

Atomproekt gets software licence

23 October 2014

Russian regulator Rostechnadzor had issued Atomproekt with a license to use the MSC Nastran and Patran software systems to test the structural strength of nuclear islands.

A long view of nuclear

More than a century has passed since radiation and nuclear energy were discovered and the image of those energy sources has undergone much evolution with the passing of several cultural waves, each of which left its mark on the public's perception and attitude to nuclear power, writes Jeremy Gordon.
 
At the time radiation was discovered, in 1898, science was in an era of rapid progress with new inventions changing the world before their downsides were known. There were no controls on what was said about radiation and deliberate myth-making by some early nuclear scientists and salesmen connected radiation deeply with biology and life, while also supposing that radiation possessed almost unlimited potential in these areas and others.
 
Although these ideas proved to be fantasies, they were in parallel with a concept that had been developing in several science fiction novels - that of a 'mad scientist' who through error or misjudgement might accidentally unleash a force beyond his control or even destroy the world. So it is no wonder that, as the world stood horrified by the destruction by the first atomic bombs during the last days of World War II, the nuclear scientists themselves were also shocked to the core.

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