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Alternative Energy / Nuclear Power

Indian Nuclear Power Plant Emerging as Protest Magnet

Oct 17, 2011 at 08:28 | John Daly

Although the global nuclear power industry is loath to admit it, the 11 March incident at Japan’s Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant complex has proven a global game changer, leading…

Royal Society Calls for a Nuclear Forum to Manage the Growth of the Nuclear Industry

Oct 17, 2011 at 07:51 | SciDev SciDev

A "nuclear Davos", convening the nations and industries that are involved in nuclear power, could be the way to deal with problems arising from the worldwide growth in nuclear-derived energy,…

Why Nuclear Power Could be the Best Solution for California’s Energy Needs

Oct 10, 2011 at 07:42 | Energy Digital

The California Council on Science and Technology has examined the potential of nuclear energy to meet California’s electricity demand in the year 2050.  The main focus of the organization’s analysis…

Political Intrusion is Destroying the U.S. Nuclear Power Industry

Oct 07, 2011 at 07:39 | Brian Westenhaus

Finally, the US Department of Energy’s First Quadrennial Technology Review, released last week, identifies Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing as the technology’s primary obstacle. It would seem obvious to most…

Have Rising Costs and Increased Risks Made Nuclear Energy a Poor Choice?

Oct 04, 2011 at 07:17 | SciDev SciDev

There are 440 nuclear reactors operating around the world, providing about 14 per cent of the world's electricity supply. Most were installed 30–40 years ago, when the relative cost of…

Armenia’s Aging Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant Alarms Caucasian Neighbors

Oct 03, 2011 at 07:33 | John Daly

The USSR might have imploded two decades ago, but debris from its headlong industrialization drive litter the post-Soviet landscape, and nothing more unsettles the population of the fifteen new nations…

Belarus, Russia to Finalize Deal on Nuclear Power Plant Construction

Oct 01, 2011 at 02:40 | Charles Kennedy

The Russian Federation’s ambassador to Belarus Alekhandr Surikov told reporters in the Belarusian capital Minsk that a draft Belarusian-Russian interstate agreement on the construction of a new 2,400 megawatt nuclear…

The Broken Dreams of Nuclear Electricity

Sep 29, 2011 at 04:03 | SciDev SciDev

Nuclear power is no magic solution, argues Pervez Hoodbhoy — it's not safe, or cheap, and it leads to weapons programmes. A string of energy-starved developing countries have looked at…

Iran’s Bushehr Reactor - Benign or Merely Malignant with Bad PR?

Sep 21, 2011 at 08:37 | John Daly

The Iranian media is mounting a full court press against Western charges that its Bushehr nuclear power plant (NPP), which came online last week, in fact conceals a nefarious covert…

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…

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