The dangers from nuclear fusion are far less than from fission but not negligible: the government considers regulations

By Julian Singer On 1 October the government issued a Green Paper while launching a consultation on the regulatory framework for fusion energy. As a method of producing energy, it is well known that nuclear fusion is much safer than nuclear fission, but it does still present some hazards. It is also being developed by [...]

By |2021-10-12T08:14:26+00:00October 12th, 2021|Nuclear|Comments Off on The dangers from nuclear fusion are far less than from fission but not negligible: the government considers regulations

Advanced Modular Reactors may provide cheap continuous heat and power

By Julian Singer As discussed in a recent Greenbarrel article on the Energy White paper, the government has reversed its earlier disinterest in small nuclear reactors and is now talking about putting the UK at the cutting edge in a field that it once led. The White Paper divides these reactors into two groups: Small Modular [...]

By |2021-01-26T09:00:09+00:00January 27th, 2021|Nuclear|Comments Off on Advanced Modular Reactors may provide cheap continuous heat and power

Powerful backers support a UK nuclear future

Work continues on Hinkley C, the latest reactor to be built on the site. Image: EDF This article, first published recently by our partner website www.climatenewsnetwork.net, is a second piece run by us consecutively on the prospects of nuclear power meeting 100 per cent of the UK's energy needs by 2050 rather than renewables by Paul Brown [...]

By |2020-07-18T16:19:45+00:00July 15th, 2020|Nuclear|Comments Off on Powerful backers support a UK nuclear future

Does hazardous waste disqualify nuclear energy from our low-carbon-energy future?

By Oliver Nelson-Dummett Nuclear fission is a controversial player in the push for low-carbon energy. It has historically been the largest contributor of such generation and is still a key factor: in 2018, nuclear power generated 28 per cent of global low-carbon energy, the second-highest source behind hydropower. A nuclear reactor house in the spherical containement sphere, [...]

By |2020-03-30T12:02:50+00:00March 5th, 2020|Nuclear|Comments Off on Does hazardous waste disqualify nuclear energy from our low-carbon-energy future?

The nuclear option: small modular reactors now and fusion later

Nuclear power stations bring to mind vast installations costing tens of billions of pounds to build. But what if they were small enough to be manufactured and financed like other systems? In a talk at the Oxford Martin School on November 14 Professor Steve Cowley outlined his vision for electrical power generation based in part [...]

By |2017-11-22T13:20:15+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Nuclear|Comments Off on The nuclear option: small modular reactors now and fusion later

As Hinkley Point waits to learn whether it will go ahead questions are being asked are there alternatives to nuclear power in the UK

There are now serious new doubts that Britain’s putative first new nuclear power plant in a generation, Hinkley Point C in Somerset in south west England, will ever be built. These doubts have arisen as the British government has delayed making a final decision on the most expensive infrastructure project ever contemplated in the UK, [...]

By |2017-07-12T15:49:45+00:00June 26th, 2016|Articles, Features, Nuclear|Comments Off on As Hinkley Point waits to learn whether it will go ahead questions are being asked are there alternatives to nuclear power in the UK

Germany’s nuclear problems likely to linger long after plant closures

Germany’s nuclear problems likely to linger long after plant closures Germany has had a controversial and tortured relationship with nuclear power for a long time- since before the Second World War in fact. Michael Muller was a member of the Bundestag for 26 years for the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and was from 2005 to [...]

By |2017-07-14T09:03:40+00:00February 14th, 2016|Articles, Features, Nuclear|Comments Off on Germany’s nuclear problems likely to linger long after plant closures
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