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Waste interim storage: the cost efficiency challenge

In the on-going search for the optimum solution for interim storage of radioactive waste, Val Drake, looks at the factors to take into account in reviewing the alternatives, and considers whether one of the first waste package designs could still be the most cost-effective

Phase two of Sellafield project contracted

Involves completion of the design, specifications, procurement packages and safety case support

Geological exploration for storage of radioactive waste

DMT concludes a 2D seismic survey campaign in northern Switzerland

Pile fuel storage pond decommissioned

Babcock completes treatment plant 10 months ahead of schedule

Safely accelerating shutdown while maximising revenues

There have been many advances in reactor shutdown techniques and average outage times had fallen by 64 per cent to around 40 days (2007). Stephen Bell reports

Solving the lightning strike problem at nuclear power plant

Lightning solution keeps the Browns Ferry Nuclear plant's off-gas stack strike-free reducing lightning strikes by 80 per cent within a 500metre radius. Del Williams reports

Remote handling of electrical connections made easier

Typical applications are in the nuclear decommissioning sector for circuits in hot cells, process areas and decommissioning projects

Fusion energy: 3D software helps engineers develop next stage

Fusion power technology is mankind's biggest engineering challenge. Leading scientists, engineers and planners are working towards the solution significantly aided by the availability of 3D model based data held within a single software environment. Nick Lerner reports

Quality Assurance: using the customised safety case approach

Pontus Ryd and Andreas Knutsson look at successful quality assurance and licensing in nuclear power plants upgrades/uprates with a customised safety case approach

The necessary 'evil' of nuclear energy

The scramble for power is on. Nuclear is coming - can it be delivered in time to fill the impending energy gap? David Hunter reports

Nuclear power investment 'must not be delayed'

Multi-billion pound opportunity for UK, says Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

Carbon price floor of £16 per ton by 2013

Carbon pricing supports new nuclear, say energy experts, but what about everyone else?

Conference: Fukushima and its impact on the nuclear energy industry

Will the Fukushima event slow down the nuclear energy industry and divert public funding away?

European governments seek to moderate anti-nuclear backlash

As the initial shock of Japan's nuclear crisis abates, IHS Energy analyst Kash Burchett says European governments are taking stock of the role of nuclear power in their respective energy strategies and considering means by which they may defend existing policy

Nuclear disaster will shift $200bn investment to fossil and renewables

Longer term, the biggest shift will be from nuclear to coal, says The McIlvaine Company

Nuclear safety is number one priority, says UK Energy Secretary

Safety is and will continue to be the number one priority for existing nuclear sites and for any new power stations, says Chris Huhne

Fukushima disaster: filling spent fuel ponds

The focus at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has turned to refilling with water spent fuel ponds in a bid to prevent dangerous radioactive releases, says IHS Energy Asia Pacific analyst Tom Grieder

Thorium nuclear reactors: the safer energy for the future?

Scientists say result might be nuclear power stations that could be turned on and off 'like a light bulb'

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