• 3 minutes Could Venezuela become a net oil importer?
  • 7 minutes Reuters: OPEC Ministers Agree In Principle On 1 Million Barrels Per Day Nominal Output Increase
  • 12 minutes Battle for Oil Port: East Libya Forces In Full Control At Ras Lanuf
  • 5 hours Reuters: OPEC Ministers Agree In Principle On 1 Million Barrels Per Day Nominal Output Increase
  • 30 mins The Tony Seba report
  • 12 hours Renewables to generate 50% of worldwide electricity by 2050 (BNEF report)
  • 21 hours Oil prices going Up? NO!
  • 8 hours Kenya Eyes 200+ Oil Wells
  • 8 hours Are Electric Vehicles Really Better For The Environment?
  • 2 hours LNG Shortage on the Way
  • 17 hours Saudi Arabia turns to solar
  • 2 days Could oil demand collapse rapidly? Yup, sure could.
  • 1 day Oil prices going down
  • 1 day China’s Plastic Waste Ban Will Leave 111 Million Tons of Trash With Nowhere To Go
  • 8 hours OPEC soap opera daily update
  • 2 mins Sell out now or hold on?
  • 5 hours Could Venezuela become a net oil importer?
  • 2 days Tesla Closing a Dozen Solar Facilities in Nine States
  • 2 days Battle for Oil Port: East Libya Forces In Full Control At Ras Lanuf
Global Energy Consumption Soars To New Heights

Global Energy Consumption Soars To New Heights

The new BP Statistical Review…

Where Will U.S. Frackers Drill Next?

Where Will U.S. Frackers Drill Next?

With oil prices having stayed…

Japanese Agency Designs Experiment to Create Controlled Nuclear Meltdown

The Japanese Atomic Energy Agency has begun planning an experiment, set to be carried out within the next year or so, that will see them create a controlled nuclear reactor meltdown in order to study it and learn exactly what happens so that they can better prepare for similar situations in the future.

The idea is to create a precise and accurate computer model in order to determine what happened at the Fukushima meltdown and help predict what may happen if such an accident were to be repeated again.

An official from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency stated that they’d “like to find out what phenomena occurred in the accident and use the data to work out responses in the event of another nuclear power plant accident.

We want to study exactly how meltdowns happen and apply what we will learn to help improve ways to deal with severe accidents in the future.”

Related article: Why has Nuclear Power become so Important to Saudi Arabia?

The Japan News website released an article explaining that: “The experiment will be conducted at the Nuclear Safety Research Reactor in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture. A 1.2-meter-long stainless steel capsule containing a 30-centimeter-long fuel rod will be placed at the core of the reactor in such a way that the coolant water does not come into contact with the rod. Neutrons emitted by fuel surrounding the capsule will facilitate nuclear fission in the small fuel rod, which will begin melting after its temperature reaches 2,000 C.”

All aspects of the experiment will be carefully monitored in order to minimise the dangers, and the fuel rod will cool and return to a solid state within minutes after the experiment, although that will give the scientists plenty of time to collect data and analyse the pressure, temperatures, and process that occurs whilst the rod melts. The whole thing will be filmed so that experts can pour through all aspects of the meltdown over and over again in order to understand all details.

The official commented that the “results of the experiment will help us better predict the effectiveness of measures to deal with a nuclear accident, such as an emergency injection of water into a reactor,” reassuring that “there are no safety problems with the experiment itself.”

By. James Burgess of Oilprice.com



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News