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Renewable fuel additive created in radiation process

Renewable fuel additive created in radiation process

Radiation from used nuclear fuel could be used to create a valuable fuel additive needed for renewable biodiesel, scientists in Slovenia and the UK have shown. The research highlights that there are "unexplored renewable processes that can be realised using ionising radiation - especially considering used fuel pools as a source of catalytic energy," said the paper, published in Nature Communications Chemistry last week. It was written by scientists from Slovenia's Jo┼żef Stefan Institute and the UK's Lancaster University and Aston University.

Waste & Recycling 28 September 2021


Helium-3 to be extracted from Canadian tritium

Helium-3 to be extracted from Canadian tritium

Tritium stored at Canada's Darlington nuclear power plant will be a source of helium-3 for applications in quantum computing, medicine and security. Laurentis Energy Partners plans to extract and commercialise the isotope from the end of this year.

Corporate 16 September 2021


IAEA launches review of Fukushima water release

IAEA launches review of Fukushima water release

A team of International Atomic Energy Agency officials are in Japan to officially launch a multi-year review of the planned release of treated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It is the IAEA's first mission as part of its review and monitoring assistance to support Japan before, during and after the discharge of treated water, which is expected to start in 2023.

Regulation & Safety 06 September 2021


Undersea tunnel to discharge Fukushima Daiichi water

Undersea tunnel to discharge Fukushima Daiichi water

Tokyo Electric Power Company has announced plans for the construction of an undersea tunnel, about 1 kilometre in length, for the discharge of treated water currently stored at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The tunnel will release the tritiated water into an area of the ocean away from the plant but where no fishing rights are in place.

Regulation & Safety 26 August 2021


IAEA safety assurance begins for Fukushima water release

IAEA safety assurance begins for Fukushima water release

Details have been agreed of support that the International Atomic Energy Agency will give to Japan during the release of tritiated water from the Fukushima Daiichi site. IAEA's first official visit will be in September, ahead of the release of the water, which will be diluted to drinking-water quality.

Regulation & Safety 20 August 2021


New drone for mapping radiation in nuclear plants

New drone for mapping radiation in nuclear plants

Swiss drone developer Flyability has launched an indoor drone equipped with a radiation sensor specifically for conducting inspections at nuclear facilities. The Elios 2 RAD is designed to help maintain low radiation exposure levels to nuclear facility workers. It does this both by taking the place of personnel where possible for visual and radiation data collection, and by providing high-quality data for planning interventions that do require exposure, so that it can be kept to a minimum.

Corporate 06 August 2021


Monitoring Fukushima radiation on land and sea

Monitoring Fukushima radiation on land and sea

Japanese laboratories monitoring radionuclides in seawater, marine sediment and fish near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continue to produce reliable data, according to a new International Atomic Energy Agency report. Meanwhile, Tokyo Electric Power Company plans to rear fish in treated radioactive water from the plant to demonstrate its safety. A University of Georgia study has shown that radioactive contamination in the Fukushima Exclusion Zone can be measured through its resident snakes.

Regulation & Safety 30 July 2021


Agreement on IAEA monitoring of Fukushima water release

Agreement on IAEA monitoring of Fukushima water release

The scope of technical assistance the International Atomic Energy Agency will provide in monitoring and reviewing the planned discharge of treated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant site has been agreed. The Terms of Reference defining the objective of the IAEA's assistance, how it will be implemented and its organisational arrangements were signed yesterday by the agency and the Japanese government.

Regulation & Safety 09 July 2021


Drones to monitor Central Asian uranium legacy sites

Drones to monitor Central Asian uranium legacy sites

A new technology using drones is set to be deployed for the remote monitoring of radiation measurements at former uranium mining and processing areas in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with gamma spectrometers have been developed by a German consortium in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Regulation & Safety 01 July 2021


EU industry bodies seek more support for nuclear medicine

EU industry bodies seek more support for nuclear medicine

Europe must take action to maintain the current level of medical radioisotopes supply, according to a joint position paper from Foratom, the European nuclear trade body, and Nuclear Medicine Europe, which represents pharmaceutical and imaging equipment companies in the field of nuclear medicine. They say the European Union should promote new research reactor capacity along with innovation in the sector and the design modification of the current fleet.

Nuclear Policies 15 June 2021