Posts Tagged UK nuclear

Weinberg Next Nuclear has been working closely with new reactor designers and finding out about the different innovations that companies are developing to provide a low carbon energy future. As part of this, our director, Stephen Tindale, recently interviewed the Co-Founder of Moltex Energy, Ian Scott, about their Stable Salt Reactor design. Ian talks about how he came up with this design from the work done by Alvin Weinberg decades earlier, and the benefits that come with this new design.

This interview is part of our current work on a report entitled “How Nuclear Innovation Should be Delivered”. The report has generously been sponsored by three Nuclear companies: Terrestrial Energy, Moltex Energy and URENCO on behalf of their reactor design, U-Battery. This project specific funding allows us resources to research and publish papers that we hope will have significant influence on the future success of the nuclear industry. Vital as this funding is to our work, we are careful to ensure it does not limit our objectivity and balanced view of the industry. Weinberg Next Nuclear retains editorial control and does not lobby for any particular company’s design. We are in agreement with our sponsors that nuclear power is vital for a sustainable future and we will continue to work together to achieve the changes necessary to achieve it.

In February, some of the Weinberg Next Nuclear Team travelled to Canada to learn more about the exciting developments that Canada is achieving in advanced nuclear. In this series of videos, Weinberg Next Nuclear’s director Stephen Tindale interviews Terrestrial Energy’s director Simon Irish in Tornoto about his reasons for joining the nuclear industry, opinions on the molten salt reactor design and views on the future of nuclear power. 

The Canadian trip and interviews are part of our current work on a report entitled “How Nuclear Innovation Should be Delivered”. The report has generously been sponsored by three Nuclear companies: Terrestrial Energy, Moltex Energy and URENCO on behalf of their U-Battery design. This project specific funding allows us resources to research and publish papers that we hope will have significant influence on the future success of the nuclear industry. Vital as this funding is to our work, we are careful to ensure it does not limit our objectivity and balanced view of the industry. Weinberg Next Nuclear retains editorial control and does not lobby for any particular company’s design. We are in agreement with our sponsors that nuclear power is vital for a sustainable future and we will continue to work together to achieve the changes necessary to achieve it.

Some 1,000 of UKs largest renewable and nuclear industries have combined forces in an unprecedented show of solidarity to get the Government to push for a zero carbon energy target by 2030.

This landmark show of unity, coming just ahead of this month’s Energy Bill, calls for action to urgently address the impacts of climate change through planned targets and investment certainties – a significant step in a unified direction to fortify Britain’s hope for a clean energy future.

Report by The Independent today:  http://ind.pn/RAHtah

Hitachi purchase marks long march into UK’s nuclear energy Horizon

Posted by Laurence O'Hagan on October 30th, 2012

This week’s announcement by E.ON and RWE on Hitachi’s £700m purchase of UK’s Horizon Nuclear Power is an important development in Britain’s nuclear energy future: http://www.horizonnuclearpower.com/files/downloads/E_ON%20UK%20and%20RWE%20npower.pdf

Whilst the deal could prove pivotal in unblocking the stalled Horizon project, there are many challenges ahead to secure Britain’s nuclear energy future – not least of all the fact that ABWRs are yet to be granted UK safety approval.

BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20137573

The Guardian:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/oct/30/hiatchi-future-low-carbon-power?CMP=twt_fd

 

Russia throws its hat into UK nuclear ring

Posted by Laurence O'Hagan on October 9th, 2012

Russian state-owned nuclear corporation, Rosatom has declared an interest in taking a stake in UK nuclear programme. Avoiding Horizon, Rosatom is said to have declared interest in new build projects. It has a standing cooperation agreement with Areva, whose reactor design will be used at Hinkley Point

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/9594476/Russia-eyes-stake-in-UK-nuclear-plants.html

Rewards for Risk: EDF demands confirmation of support for Hinkley Point

Posted by Laurence O'Hagan on October 8th, 2012

The pressure mounts on John Hayes as EDF pushes UK government for substantial subsidies to build £14bn plant:

http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2215320/reports-edf-demands-confirmation-of-support-for-hinkley-point

France and China backtrack on UK’s Horizon

Posted by Laurence O'Hagan on October 2nd, 2012

Areva and China’s CGNCP walk out of Horizon – only Hitachi and Westinghouse left in the bid as UK nuclear build hangs in the balance

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/10/02/areva-horizon-idUKL6E8L2PRB20121002

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