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Alternative Energy / Nuclear Power

Will France Also Play the Nuclear Fool?

Sep 02, 2011 at 07:26 | Ferdinand E. Banks

Many years ago, although it seems like centuries, I was sitting in a small bar-disco in a town near Stuttgart Germany, talking to an Ivy League type from the same…

Earthquake and Hurricane Irene Impact U.S. Nuclear Power Industry

Aug 31, 2011 at 07:43 | John Daly

Since the 11 March Fukushima nuclear disaster, the global nuclear industry has been mounting an aggressive PR campaign to convince an increasingly skeptical public that not only is nuclear energy…

Kazakhstan’s Land of Death and the Soviet Union’s Nuclear Tests

Aug 31, 2011 at 07:38 | RFE/RL staff

It has been 20 years since the world's most infamous nuclear test site was shuttered, but fallout from the Soviet Union's nuclear program is evident today. From 1949 to…

The Implications of Germany Decision to End Their Nuclear Energy Programme

Jul 28, 2011 at 08:11 | Open Democracy

Germany’s anti-nuclear movement is the poster-boy of its kind in Europe, even worldwide. Over the course of nearly forty years this potent, enduring campaign swayed German public opinion decisively against…

Japan’s Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant to Get Anti-Tsunami Seawall

Jul 26, 2011 at 07:48 | Energy Digital

In an attempt to protect its assets from a Fukushima-style meltdown, Chubu Electric Power Co. is constructing an 18-meter (60 foot) anti-tsunami seawall around its Hamaoka nuclear plant.  The plant…

Japan Turning to Nuclear Fusion Following Fukushima

Jul 18, 2011 at 08:00 | Al Fin

After the Fukushima nuclear crisis -- triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami -- Japan has been strongly divided on nuclear power. Many Japanese will only consider a nuclear future…

Nuclear Energy and a Main Battle Tank

Jul 07, 2011 at 07:48 | Ferdinand E. Banks

Miracles take place in every war. The United States accounted for some of these during the Second World War, of which two were decisive. These were the construction of the…

Despite Fukushima, Russia’s Nuclear Industry is Open for Business

Jul 06, 2011 at 08:41 | John Daly

Japan’s 11 March catastrophe at its six-reactor Daichi Fukushima nuclear power complex has had global repercussions, hardly surprising given the trillions of dollars invested in civilian nuclear energy over the…

Faux Commandos Breach Two U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

Jul 04, 2011 at 09:56 | Energy Digital

Imagine you’re an engineer at a nuclear power plant that contains some of the most dangerous materials known to man.  Suddenly, commandos slip past security guards, killing some of your…

France Gives Thumbs Up to Nuclear Energy with $1.4 Billion Investment

Jun 30, 2011 at 08:39 | Charlotte Dudley

France will invest €1 billion ($1.4billion) in its nuclear power programme, bucking the post-Fukushima trend away from nuclear energy. Announcing the energy funding package – which also commits a further…

Worldwide Nuclear Industry Woes Deepen

Jun 27, 2011 at 08:36 | John Daly

The year 2011 will go down for the nuclear industry worldwide as an annus horribilis.First came the March Fukushima nuclear disaster, with operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) belatedly…

How to Incinerate the Entire U.S. Stockpile of Nuclear Waste Within 20 Years

Jun 24, 2011 at 07:32 | Al Fin

Many billions of dollars have been spent on large scale fusion efforts such as the National Ignition Facility in Livermore or ITER in France. But if the best use of…

Investigation of Aging U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Reveals Some Scary Truths

Jun 23, 2011 at 07:43 | Energy Digital

Amidst the ongoing nuclear disaster in Japan—that third-party scientific investigators are claiming is 30 times worse than Chernobyl—some countries seem to be coming to their senses and rethinking the cost…

The Beginning of the Nuclear Renaissance Will Not be Televised

Jun 21, 2011 at 07:52 | Ferdinand E. Banks

According to the United Nations energy organization (IAEA), statistics indicate that for 2009 and 2010, nuclear reactors in Sweden and Germany managed by the Swedish firm Vattenfall  had the lowest…

Water Shortages Threatening France's Nuclear Reactor Complex

Jun 16, 2011 at 07:31 | John Daly

Nuclear energy company executives worldwide can be forgiven for wondering if Mother Nature is pursuing a vendetta against them. The 11 March 9.0 Richter scale earthquake that rattled Japan saw…

Nuclear Twilight in Europe

Jun 15, 2011 at 08:18 | John Daly

It is becoming evident to many that the March nuclear catastrophe at Japan’s six reactor Daichi Fukushima complex has dealt a huge, possibly fatal, blow to the nuclear industry’s hopes…

Low Natural Gas Prices Make Nuclear Power a Losing Investment

Jun 15, 2011 at 07:59 | Gloria Gonzalez

Low natural gas prices have thwarted investment in nuclear generators in the US and federal loan guarantees will not help nuclear power reach parity, experts said. Even before the accident…

A New Nuclear Revolution – Safe, Clean and Abundant

Jun 14, 2011 at 08:44 | Al Fin

Somewhere in Cheshire an energy revolution is brewing. Modern nuclear researchers are developing new approaches to safe subcritical reactors, using fertile thorium as fuel. The new reactor designs will be…

Despite Fukushima Nuclear Power Production to increase by 27% before 2020

Jun 13, 2011 at 07:08 | Stuart Burns

One could be forgiven for thinking that ever since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, the global nuclear industry would be dead in the water. Indeed, the reaction of…

The Economics of Nuclear Power

Jun 09, 2011 at 08:09 | Daily Energy Report

When considering various sources of power, it is important to note that the analysis of power generation costs is a complex process that is highly dependent upon the location of…

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