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G7 urged to back nuclear extensions to tackle climate, security issues

G7 urged to back nuclear extensions to tackle climate, security issues

The leaders of the Group of Seven large industrialised nations should incentivise the extension of the operating life of existing nuclear reactors and support the restart of others to help achieve the goal of achieving a low-carbon and secure energy supply, the nuclear industry has said.

Nuclear Policies 24 June 2022


Novel method cuts isotope production waste

Novel method cuts isotope production waste

A new method to extract molybdenum-99 from low-enriched uranium targets, developed by researchers at the Technical University of Munich, could significantly reduce the radioactive waste produced during the production of the isotope. Mo-99 is the precursor for medical radioisotope technetium-99m, used in more than 85% of all nuclear medicine diagnostic examinations.

Waste & Recycling 01 April 2022


Uniper completes dismantling of two RPVs in parallel

Uniper completes dismantling of two RPVs in parallel

Germany's Uniper Anlagenservice GmbH has become the first company to complete the dismantling, segmentation and packaging of two reactor pressure vessels in parallel within one year. In December 2021, the company successfully completed the dismantling of the vessels of both Sweden's Barsebäck unit 1 and Germany's Neckarwestheim I.

Waste & Recycling 23 March 2022


Contract awarded for planning of Asse II facilities

Contract awarded for planning of Asse II facilities

Germany's Federal Company for Radioactive Waste Disposal has awarded a contract for planning the design and licensing of a waste treatment plant and an interim storage facility at the former Asse II salt mine in the district of Wolfenbüttel, Lower Saxony. The winning consortium has until the end of 2023 to submit the plans.

Waste & Recycling 11 January 2022


Three German reactors cease operation

Three German reactors cease operation

The Brokdorf, Grohnde and Gundremmingen C nuclear power plants were permanently shut down on 31 December in compliance with Germany's nuclear phase-out policy. The move leaves three reactors in operation, which are scheduled to be taken offline by the end of this year.

Nuclear Policies 04 January 2022


RWE awards German reactor dismantling contracts

RWE awards German reactor dismantling contracts

German utility RWE has awarded a contract to Westinghouse to dismantle two reactors at the Gundremmingen nuclear facility. It has also contracted a consortium comprising Framatome and Transnubel to dismantle the reactor of the Emsland plant.

Waste & Recycling 13 December 2021


Putin: German nuclear phase out 'does not make any sense'

Putin: German nuclear phase out 'does not make any sense'

Russia has set a target of 2060 to reach net-zero carbon dioxide emissions, President Vladimir Putin has told Russian Energy Week 2021. Counting nuclear exports as contributing towards global decarbonisation and saying Germany's phase out "does not make any sense", he said that he thinks energy system decisions should be made by experts.

Energy & Environment 19 October 2021


New isotope initiatives address supply challenges

New isotope initiatives address supply challenges

Separate domestic and international initiatives to support the development and production of medical radioisotopes have been announced in Canada, Germany, Japan and the USA. These include a federal award of USD35 million to support the commercial production of molybdenum-99 in the USA; a new linear accelerator-based technique for production of actinium-225 in Japan; and a Canadian-German collaboration to explore the production of Ac-225.

Corporate 19 October 2021


Germans asked to keep reactors in operation

Germans asked to keep reactors in operation

Germany's phase-out of nuclear energy will only lead to the country missing its 2030 carbon emissions target, 25 leading foreign and German environmentalists, journalists and academics have written in an open letter to the German public. They call on German politicians to be "brave enough" to change legislation to at least postpone the shutdown of the country's reactors.

Nuclear Policies 15 October 2021


Gorleben shuts after exclusion from repository site search

Gorleben shuts after exclusion from repository site search

The former salt mine in Gorleben, Lower Saxony - previously considered a possible site for geological disposal of Germany's high-level radioactive waste - has officially closed, it was announced on 17 September. The site was excluded from a list of potential repository sites published last year by waste management organisation Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung.

Waste & Recycling 20 September 2021