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 …

Report: Small Modular Reactors Vital for Low-Carbon Transition

The government should press ahead with plans to develop small-scale nuclear technology, according to a new Policy Exchange report which argues nuclear power will be vital for achieving a fully decarbonised electricity grid. The paper, which will be released today, argues a surge in electricity demand from electric vehicles (EVs), …

‘My Priority’: Macron Promises to Use Nuclear and Renewables to Deliver Emissions Cuts

Fresh from the success of hosting the One Planet Summit in Paris last week, French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday underscored his commitment to decarbonising the country’s energy system. In an interview with broadcaster France 2, Macron said nuclear and renewables would remain the key planks of the country’s emission reduction …

France Won’t Achieve Goal Of Reducing Nuclear Share Of Power Mix To 50% Until...

France won’t achieve its goals of reducing the share of its power mix held by nuclear energy to 50%, down from 75%, until the 2030–2035 timeframe (rather than by the 2025 target), the country’s environment minister Nicolas Hulot has revealed. That means that the country’s goal to reduce reliance upon …