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Ontario extends Pickering operations

Ontario extends Pickering operations

The Government of Ontario has announced its support for the continued operation of Ontario Power Generation's Pickering plant beyond its previously planned closure date. It has also told the company to reassess the feasibility of refurbishing four of the site's six units, which could enable them to operate for a further 30 years.

Energy & Environment 30 September 2022


US partnerships boost development of hydrogen economy

US partnerships boost development of hydrogen economy

Argonne National Laboratory has teamed up with Constellation Energy Corp to develop carbon-free power generation technologies, including a project focusing on hydrogen production from nuclear power plants, while Bloom Energy and Excel Energy have announced plans for hydrogen production at a nuclear plant in Minnesota. Meanwhile, the US Department of Energy has opened applications for a USD7 billion programme to create regional clean hydrogen hubs.

Energy & Environment 23 September 2022


UNECE roadmap to net-zero calls for greater use of nuclear energy

UNECE roadmap to net-zero calls for greater use of nuclear energy

Nuclear energy plays a significant role in scenarios which achieve carbon neutrality in North America, Europe and Central Asia, according to a new report from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. If advanced reactors are successfully deployed to complement large scale nuclear reactors and there is progress in introducing low-carbon hydrogen infrastructure, then the role for nuclear energy is even greater.

Energy & Environment 21 September 2022


Birdwatching marathon reflects biodiversity near Indian nuclear power plant

Birdwatching marathon reflects biodiversity near Indian nuclear power plant

Ornithology groups have observed more than 160 species of birds around the Kaiga nuclear power plant in Karnataka.

Energy & Environment 20 September 2022


US study assesses potential for coal-to-nuclear conversion

US study assesses potential for coal-to-nuclear conversion

Hundreds of coal power plant sites across the USA could be converted to nuclear plant sites, providing huge decarbonisation gains as well as bringing tangible economic, employment and environmental benefits to the communities where those plants are located, a new US Department of Energy study has found.

Energy & Environment 14 September 2022


Energy Harbor and Toledo's Great Lakes hydrogen plan

Energy Harbor and Toledo's Great Lakes hydrogen plan

Energy Harbor has announced it is joining forces with the University of Toledo, major companies in the region and several US DOE laboratories to form an industry-led push to turn "the Midwest into a leading low-carbon fuel production centre".

Energy & Environment 14 September 2022


Benchmarking study sees uptick in US emissions

Benchmarking study sees uptick in US emissions

CO2 emissions from the USA's largest 100 power producers increased by 7% between 2020 and 2021, according to the latest benchmarking study in a series that began in 1997. 2021's CO2 levels nonetheless remained 16% lower than 1990 levels and about 34% lower than their peak in 2007.

Energy & Environment 08 September 2022


Power conversion breakthrough could increase plant efficiency

Power conversion breakthrough could increase plant efficiency

Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratory have successfully tested a new power system based on a closed-loop Brayton cycle to deliver electricity to the grid. The system could dramatically increase the efficiency of power plants including current and new advanced reactor systems as well as gas-fired and concentrated solar plants.

Energy & Environment 07 September 2022


Research paper calls for infrastructure rethink to meet net-zero

Research paper calls for infrastructure rethink to meet net-zero

Governments must invest and break down roadblocks to the deployment of emerging and existing technologies if the world is to move to net-zero by mid-century - including legislative change to allow countries that currently prohibit the use of nuclear energy to consider using it as part of their energy mix, according to a new report by Princeton University and Worley.

Energy & Environment 06 September 2022


Californian lawmakers urged to support Diablo Canyon as deadline looms

Californian lawmakers urged to support Diablo Canyon as deadline looms

Lawmakers in California have until 31 August - when the current legislative session ends - to vote on a proposed bill that would extend operations at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. The American Nuclear Society has written to state legislators urging quick passage of the bipartisan legislation.

Energy & Environment 30 August 2022