Clean Energy Transition ‘Will Be Harder and Costlier Without Nuclear’

The transition to a clean energy economy will be much harder and more costly without nuclear power. That’s according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), which suggests four billion tonnes of additional carbon emissions could be generated if the proportion of power produced by nuclear resources …

Japan Struggles to Relocate Fukushima Nuclear Waste

Japan is struggling to find a resting place for soil contaminated in the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown. In the years after the disaster, thousands of workers starting removing soil, debris and other contaminated material from the area in a ¥2.9 trillion (£21bn) effort to reduce radiation levels and attract …

France Bids Adieu to 14 of Its Nuclear Power Stations

French President Emmanuel Macron has said the nuclear-reliant nation will close 14 of its 58 operational nuclear reactors by 2035. The leader added between four and six facilities will be closed by 2030 but warned that reducing the proportion of the energy mix derived from nuclear sources does not mean …

UK Experts Back Subsidies for Mini Nuclear Power Plants

The UK Government should provide subsidies to developers of mini nuclear power stations like it did with the offshore wind industry. That’s the recommendation of the Expert Finance Working Group (EFWG), an independent group convened by BEIS in January to consider what was needed to attract private financing to small …

Rising Sea Temperatures Force Vattenfall to Close Reactor in Sweden

After reactor 2 at the Swedish Ringhals nuclear power plant had been running at reduced capacity since Monday 30 July, it was closed down completely Tuesday afternoon. The continued warm weather in Sweden has brought the sea water close to 25 degrees during recent days. To maintain cooling capacity at …

Construction Delays Make New Nuclear Power Plants Costlier than Ever

The cost of building new nuclear power plants is nearly 20 per cent higher than expected due to delays, a new analysis has found. A new analysis of the history of nuclear power plant projects shows since 2010 delays have contributed 18 per cent the costs. These delays – which …

A $320 Million Ice Wall Still Can’t Contain Radioactive Water Near Fukushima

Last year, Japan’s central government completed a 35 billion yen (approximately $320 million) underground ice wall. Over 38 meters (100 feet) deep and nearly 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) long, the structure is meant to stop groundwater from mixing with the radioactive water leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which …