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Alternative Energy / Nuclear Power

Japan to Reconsider Nuclear Power in an Attempt to Guarantee Electricity Supply

Apr 11, 2012 at 17:11 | Stuart Burns

Japan is facing an electricity crunch this summer, potentially so severe, that companies such as Komatsu, the world’s No. 2 maker of construction machinery, have said they will move factories…

The Inevitability of the Nuclear Age

Apr 10, 2012 at 13:49 | Simit Patel

I am firmly convinced that one of the best investment opportunities in the world today is in nuclear power. In this article I will discuss why that is, and how…

California's Nuclear Power Woes

Apr 05, 2012 at 17:18 | John Daly

What a difference a year makes. In early 2011, America’s nuclear energy community and its proponents were cautiously hoping that America’s troubled nuclear power industry could experience a renaissance, 32…

Time to Switch to Switchgrass

Apr 03, 2012 at 17:42 | Daniel J. Graeber

Scientists in the United States announced plans to use remote sensing data to map grasslands in and around Nebraska in order to determine what areas are best suited for cellulosic…

German Nuclear Plans Reveal Deep Flaws

Apr 01, 2012 at 19:11 | John Daly

Ten months ago, in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (NPP) disaster two months earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany would close all of its…

South Korea's Nuclear Energy Dilemma - Salesmanship Post-Fukushima

Mar 28, 2012 at 18:30 | John Daly

Prosperous, energy poor South Korea, largely bereft of indigenous energy resources, is forced to compete in an increasingly turbulent world market. As the U.S. Energy Information Administration notes, “South…

South Africa Strides Towards Nuclear Future - Maybe

Mar 01, 2012 at 20:32 | John Daly

While the 11 March 2011 nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima has caused a lot of soul searching among many countries with civilian nuclear energy programs, the picture changes when it comes…

Hopes Build for Thorium Nuclear Energy

Feb 29, 2012 at 17:37 | Professor Chris Rhodes

There is much written to the effect that thorium might prove a more viable nuclear fuel, and an energy industry based upon it, than the current uranium-based process which serves…

Another Fukushima Casualty - Japan's Fast Breeder Reactor Program

Feb 27, 2012 at 17:15 | John Daly

The 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that effectively destroyed Tokyo Electric Power Company’s six-reactor Fukushima Daichi complex have claimed another victim, Japan’s fast breeder reactor program. Fukushima’s effect…

The Darker Reality of India’s Nuclear Power Goals

Feb 26, 2012 at 17:16 | John Daly

India is betting heavily on nuclear power to meet its surging energy needs. While India currently has six nuclear power plants (NPPs) with 20 reactors generating 4,780 megawatts, seven other…

Norway Hopes to Develop Thorium Nuclear Power

Feb 26, 2012 at 16:53 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Norway holds a resource of 170,000 tonnes of thorium, which amounts to 15% of the world’s total of 1.2 million tonnes. There is far more thorium than that within the…

French Nuclear Anxieties Soar After Fukushima

Feb 13, 2012 at 18:01 | John Daly

France began developing a massive nuclear energy program with minimal public debate after the first oil crisis in 1974 and continued to support nuclear power even after the 1986 Soviet…

Poland Gears Up to Build First Nuclear Power Plant

Feb 09, 2012 at 16:47 | John Daly

Among the few "gifts" not forced upon Poland during its more than four decades as a Soviet satellite state was a nuclear power plant (NPP). But now, given the European…

Nuclear Fusion: The Power Source of the Future...the Far Off Future

Feb 01, 2012 at 17:04 | Tom Murphy

Ah, fusion. Long promised, both on Do the Math and in real life, fusion is regarded as the ultimate power source—the holy grail—the “arrival” of the human species. Talk of…

Energy-Poor Albania Wants Nuclear Power Plant, Neighboring Montenegro Opposes

Feb 01, 2012 at 15:12 | John Daly

The good news? According to Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha, Albania has postponed its intention to build a nuclear power plant (NPP) in the Shkoder region near Albania’s border with…

Does Engineered Material Herald a New Dawn for Nuclear Power?

Jan 26, 2012 at 17:25 | James Burgess

Nuclear power has been getting a hard time of late and outside observers would be well in their rights to assume that this once lauded energy source is dying out…

Study Finds that Childhood Leukemia Rates Double Near Nuclear Power Stations

Jan 18, 2012 at 18:29 | John Daly

In a report certain to cause fear and loathing in the global nuclear industry, an eminent French research institute published a study in the International Journal of Cancer,…

Proposed Indian Nuclear Power Plant in Zone Subject to Earthquakes

Jan 16, 2012 at 18:00 | John Daly

Like many energy poor countries with rapidly rising economies, India’s government sees the development of a nuclear power industry as a potential godsend to meeting soaring demands for electricity. 

What the Future Holds for Nuclear Power

Jan 05, 2012 at 17:46 | Tom Murphy

A recent thrust on Do the Math has been to sort our renewable energy options into “abundant,” “potent,” and “niche” boxes. This is a reflection of my own mathy introduction…

Will 2012 be the Year of Nuclear Fusion?

Jan 05, 2012 at 17:24 | Brian Westenhaus

The third leading technology for 2012 would be fusion.  While commercial units are not in the offing for the year there is a good prospect that Eric Lerner’s Focus…

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