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Alternative Energy / Nuclear Power

Japanese Political Elite Divided over Country’s Nuclear Future

Oct 31, 2013 at 18:17 | John Daly

Two and a half years after a tsunami devastated Tokyo Electric Power Company’s six reactor Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan’s political establishment is divided over the country’s nuclear future.…

Nuclear Power Gets Hope from New Radiation Data

Oct 30, 2013 at 18:02 | Llewellyn King

Can we learn to love radiation? Maybe not, but if we understood it better, we might not be so damned scared of it – a fear that has cost us…

Despite Fukushima, Global Nuclear Power on the Rise

Oct 18, 2013 at 17:31 | John Daly

One outgrowth of the U.S. super-secret WW2 Manhattan Project, which produced the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, six years later, in 1951, a small experimental reactor in the…

California’s Nuclear Headache is Only Just Beginning

Oct 10, 2013 at 16:53 | Wolf Richter

Meltdowns have almost no probability of occurring, we’re told incessantly; nuclear energy is not only cheap but safe. So, there are currently 434 active reactors and 147 permanent…

How Our Inability to Calculate Risk Opened the Doors for Fukushima

Oct 09, 2013 at 17:08 | Kurt Cobb

Perhaps the most important energy story on the planet right now is the precarious situation for fuel rods stored in a damaged building at the Fukushima nuclear power station in…

France’s Areva Says to Buy Uranium Now

Oct 08, 2013 at 17:07 | Joao Peixe

Global uranium demand is predicted to rise 48% by 2023, but even now uranium prices are hinting at a major rebound, prompting France’s Areva to implore buyers to get ahead…

Niger’s Hedges Bets on French Uranium Assets

Oct 04, 2013 at 17:12 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Under constant threat of terrorist attacks in the security nightmare of Niger, French nuclear group Areva will now face an audit of its uranium mines as the Nigerien…

Fusion Breakeven Very Close at National Ignition Facility

Oct 02, 2013 at 16:40 | Brian Westenhaus

Researchers at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) say they have met many of the demanding challenges leading up to achieving the highly stable, precisely directed implosion required for fusion…

Armenia’s Metsamor NPP, Built Near Fault Line, Gets 10 Year Life Extension

Sep 23, 2013 at 18:52 | John Daly

In a major piece of bad news for Armenia’s neighbors Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia, Armenia's energy minister Armen Movsisyan has told journalists that the country’s aging Metsamor NPP, originally scheduled…

Following Rossi’s E-Cat, Another Cold Fusion Device Attracts Commercial Interest

Sep 19, 2013 at 17:40 | Brian Westenhaus

Brillouin Energy has entered into its first international licensing agreement covering three nations.  The firm is involved in on-going negotiations for other potential international partners.  This makes the second…

A Precocious Dawn for the ITER Project?

Sep 02, 2013 at 17:33 | Scott Belinksi

News from Cadarache, France, home of the ITER project’s experimental nuclear fusion reactor, seems promising. After two years of constant delays, rocketing cost estimations and technical difficulties, the project seems…

What a World Without Nuclear Looks Like

Aug 30, 2013 at 21:20 | Dave Forest

In a word, expensive.Platts reports that electricity prices in California jumped 70% during the first half of 2013, year-on-year. Much of the increase apparently related to shut-down of…

One Step Closer to Fusion Power

Aug 27, 2013 at 16:34 | Environmental News Network

Wouldn't it be great to have abundant, clean power that doesn't contribute to climate change? That is the promise of fusion power. Practical fusion power remains elusive, but advances in…

Nuclear Power Finds Small Beautiful

Aug 20, 2013 at 17:32 | Llewellyn King

To build a car, basically you need a wheel at each corner, after which you can do what you like. Flexibility comes in how you use the vehicle.For…

Nuclear Power Opportunities Move East

Aug 16, 2013 at 18:26 | Global Risk Insights

A birds-eye look at the nuclear power industry in 2013 reveals a depressing picture. Early in the 2000s, thanks to a combination of rising fossil fuel prices and a lack…

Will Moribund Uranium Prices Rebound?

Aug 13, 2013 at 17:14 | Charles Kennedy

Commodities prices are pretty much like the War on Terror—driven by fear. Since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, uranium prices have dropped sharply, and stayed there.…

More Bad News for the Pacific - Taiwanese NPP Leaking Radioactive Water

Aug 12, 2013 at 19:01 | John Daly

Water is an essential ingredient for the operation of most nuclear power plants, from providing the liquid that is flashed to steam to drive turbines to providing coolant for storage…

Is Cold Fusion Entering the Final Stages?

Aug 07, 2013 at 17:25 | Brian Westenhaus

The University of Missouri hosted this years International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF) with the largest event being the Defkalion Demonstration.  The short description is the Defkalion reactor functioned…

The Key to Advancing Nuclear Energy

Jul 24, 2013 at 14:07 | Breakthrough Institute

The last few years have seen a growing number of liberal and environmental heavyweights publicly call for more nuclear energy to deal with climate change. Today, the pro-nuclear ranks include…

Chernobyl at Sea? Russia Building Floating Nuclear Power Plants

Jul 10, 2013 at 17:02 | John Daly

So much for the lessons of Fukushima. Never mind oil spills, the Russian Federation is preparing an energy initiative that, if it has problems, will inject nuclear material into the…

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