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Alternative Energy / Nuclear Power

  • Nigeria Planning Country’s First Nuclear Power Plant

    Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa and is currently the world’s 12th largest oil producer, pumping 2.25 million barrels per day. Nigeria in 2012 was also the world's fourth leading exporter of LNG.  According to the U.S. government’s Energy Information Administration, “Nigeria has one of the lowest net electricity generation per capita rates in the world. Electricity generation falls short of demand, resulting in load shedding, blackouts, and a reliance on private generators. Nigeria is in the process of privatizing the state-owned Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in hopes that it will lead to greater investment and…

  • Abe Government Moves Towards Upgrading Japan’s Nuclear Facilities

    Three years after the nuclear catastrophe that struck TEPCO's Fukushima complex, the Japanese government of Prime Minister Shinzuo Abe is slowly sidling back towards restarting Japan’s idled NPPs. On 25 February Abe announced Japan’s new Basic Energy Plan, which sees nuclear power as an important base load energy source and overturns a promise made by a previous government to phase out the country’s 50 operable nuclear reactors. Abe has been promising to add nuclear power back into Japan’s energy mix since soon after he took office in late 2012. On 11 March 2011 a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast…

  • Obama Administration Committed to U.S. Nuclear Energy Exports

    Despite the March 2011 destruction by a tsunami of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s six reactor Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power and its ongoing pollution problems, the nuclear energy in the U.S. has weathered the storm, so to speak. The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates the international marketplace for civil nuclear technology at $500 to $740 billion over the next ten years, with the potential to generate more than $100 billion in U.S. exports and thousands of new jobs.  The International Atomic Energy Agency Nuclear Technology Review projects significant growth in the use of nuclear energy worldwide, between 35% and 100% by 2030.…

  • Breakthrough in Fusion Research Brings New Nuclear Power Source Closer

    Nuclear fusion has similarities to conventionally produced nuclear power in that it produces zero carbon electric power, but its big advantage over fission nuclear power is that it generates no nuclear waste, the bane of fission nuclear power plants. Recent research breakthroughs are bringing closer the day that power generation from fusion reactors will become a reality.While research to develop commercially viable nuclear fusion has been underway for decades, advances have been slow due to the immense technological complexities involved and modest funding. That said, recent technological breakthroughs may hasten progress.On 19 March the University of Michigan announced that a…

  • How Will Crimea Influence Iran Talks?

    Talks are resuming in Vienna over Iran’s nuclear program between Iran and the P5+1 – China, France, Russia, the U.K., the U.S. and Germany. The interim deal agreed to last November between these parties removed some sanctions from Iran, amounting to about $7 billion in economic relief. Iran has capitalized on the loosening grip of the West, and it has boosted its exports of oil as a result. February data suggests that Iran has breached the 1 million barrel-per-day limit imposed upon it for the fourth month in a row. It raised oil exports by 16% to 1.16 million barrels…

  • Will the U.S. Follow the U.K. Into Power Shortages?

    As Britain endeavors to build new nuclear power plants to avert an electric crisis in 20 years -- with the retirement of nearly all the nation's installed capacity, as it falls prey to age -- the question arises whether the United States is destined for the same crisis.Britain commissioned its first nuclear power plant back in 1954. For decades, Britain was at the forefront of the development of nuclear energy. Then came natural gas. Discoveries in the North Sea coupled with improvements in gas turbine technology caused a boom in gas-powered electricity generation. At one point, it looked as though…

  • Government Will Need to Save Nuclear in the U.S.

    Who is going to finance advanced drugs? Who is going to guarantee the electric supply in 30 years? Whisper this: It will be the government.In these two areas and others, the risks are now so large that private enterprise -- so beloved in so many quarters -- can't shoulder the risk alone.When development risks run into the billions of dollars, the market won't sanction private companies taking those risks. Drug companies, among the richest of corporations, are running up against the realities of risk. To develop a new drug, the pharmaceutical industry -- known collectively as Big Pharma -- has…

  • Despite Setbacks South Korea Commits to Nuclear Power

    South Korea gave a green light on January 29 to a $7 billion plan to build two new nuclear reactors, a sign that Korea will push forward with nuclear power despite its recent troubles with the technology. South Korea has 23 nuclear reactors in the country, but shut down its fourth reactor on Jan. 28 due to “technical” problems, raising the prospect of energy shortages this winter.The move comes amid ongoing uncertainty over the role that nuclear power will play in the future of Korea’s energy mix, where it has traditionally been a centerpiece. Nuclear power makes up about one-third…

  • Industrial Heat Acquires E-Cat Technology, Opening Commercial LENR Frontier

    A major development in the story of LENR (low energy nuclear reactions, aka 'cold fusion') broke on Friday afternoon from Raleigh, North Carolina, with start-up Industrial Heat, LLC's announcement via a press release that the company had acquired the rights to Andrea Rossi's E-Cat technology. The E-Cat is an energy production technology that produces industrial levels of heat through a proprietary LENR system using nickel and hydrogen. E-Cat inventor Andrea Rossi has for a long time stated that he had sold the rights to his technology to a US partner, but has never named them due to confidentiality agreements. This…

  • US Sailors Sue for Illnesses they Believe Caused by Fukushima

    On 12 March 2011 the six-reactor Fukushima Daiichi complex, owned by Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc., approximately 150 miles north of Tokyo, was effectively destroyed by a tsunami that followed an offshore 9.0 Richter scale earthquake. The same day, U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos declared a disaster due to the effects of the earthquake and tsunami. In response, the USAID activated a Response Management Team in Washington, D.C., and deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team to Japan to coordinate U.S. government response efforts in Japan. On 13 March, the two urban search and rescue teams arrived in Japan…