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JET team discovers neon can improve plasma barrier

JET team discovers neon can improve plasma barrier

Scientists working on the Joint European Torus device have discovered that neon could be used to force extreme heat load away from a fusion reactor's exhaust system while maintaining high performance. Recent tests used neon to radiate and improve the edge of plasma known as a 'pedestal', which separates the very hot core from a cooler layer and away from material surfaces.

New Nuclear 27 March 2020


EU nuclear sustainability needs expert review, utilities say

EU nuclear sustainability needs expert review, utilities say

Seven utilities have written to the European Commission, urging it to create an independent group of scientists and experts to evaluate whether nuclear power is a low-carbon and sustainable source of electricity. One of the seven, Czech utility ČEZ, said yesterday that it had "joined the challenge" facing the main European energy companies to gain the EC's agreement that the nuclear industry ought to benefit from future sustainable financing.

Nuclear Policies 13 March 2020


Foratom calls on EU to recognise nuclear as a strategic industry

Foratom calls on EU to recognise nuclear as a strategic industry

Foratom, the European nuclear trade body, has welcomed the ambitions outlined in the European Commission's Industrial Strategy, which was published yesterday. The strategy is part of European Commission President Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen's political guidelines and responds to a request from the European Council in March 2019.

Nuclear Policies 11 March 2020


Euratom signs fusion energy declaration with Japan

Euratom signs fusion energy declaration with Japan

The European Union's energy commissioner, Kadri Simson, representing the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), and Kazuo Kodama, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Japan to the EU, yesterday signed a joint declaration on the Broader Approach activities in fusion energy. These agreements relate to the Iter project in southern France as it approaches first plasma and the start of its operation.

New Nuclear 03 March 2020


Romanian rescue loan broke EU rules, inquiry finds

Romanian rescue loan broke EU rules, inquiry finds

Romania must recover around EUR13 million (USD14 million) of rescue funding from uranium company Compania Națională a Uraniului SA after the European Commission found a restructuring plan for the company did not meet European Union rules on state aid.

Corporate 25 February 2020


EU Green Deal ignores its own biggest clean energy source

EU Green Deal ignores its own biggest clean energy source

The European Commission yesterday unveiled its plan for at least EUR1 trillion (USD1.1 trillion) in sustainable investments over the next decade. The European Green Deal Investment Plan is the investment pillar of the Green Deal, which aims to make the EU climate-neutral by 2050.

Energy & Environment 15 January 2020


European leaders trigger dispute mechanism of Iran nuclear deal

European leaders trigger dispute mechanism of Iran nuclear deal

The foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK have triggered a dispute resolution mechanism over the nuclear deal with Iran - the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - following the Middle Eastern country's further step away from its commitments. Josep Borrell, EU foreign affairs chief and coordinator of the JCPOA joint commission, said he had received today a letter from the three ministers for resolution through the mechanism, as set out in paragraph 36 of the agreement.

Nuclear Policies 14 January 2020


New EU rules agreed on 'green' investments

New EU rules agreed on 'green' investments

A compromise agreement on criteria to be used to determine whether an economic activity is environmentally sustainable has been reached by the European Parliament, European Commission and the European Council. The so-called 'taxonomy regulation' does not explicitly exclude nuclear energy.

Energy & Environment 18 December 2019


Nuclear forms part of climate change solution, says European Parliament

Nuclear forms part of climate change solution, says European Parliament

The European Parliament yesterday adopted a resolution on COP25 - the 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - to begin in Madrid next week. The resolution states that all technologies - including nuclear - are needed to combat climate change, for which it has declared an emergency.

Energy & Environment 29 November 2019


Costs and financing key to Europe's nuclear future

Costs and financing key to Europe's nuclear future

Nuclear has a place in Europe's energy mix, but rising costs - even if only perceived - need to be addressed to ensure future growth, speakers agreed at the New Nuclear Watch Institute's first annual forum, held in London yesterday.

Nuclear Policies 07 November 2019