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Land of confusion
Just when it seemed Germany had moved beyond dogma to produce a pragmatic nuclear energy policy, defeat has been snatched from the jaws of victory in the fight against Putin’s energy war
Keeping it clean
Nuclear has long been the bogeyman of the environmental lobby, but the real challenge is elsewhere
The Atom in Red, White and Blue
Learning the often painful lessons from the development of the UK’s Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor (AGR) fleet is vital if a new generation of nuclear power stations are going to successful.
The human face of nuclear
Germany’s recognition that nuclear has a role to play in a clean and secure energy mix is a startling turnaround from one of the world’s most implacable opponents to nuclear power. Now...
Carbon and a new nuclear lifeline
Signing the Inflation Reduction Act into US law marks a remarkable achievement, and not just for the Biden administration. It’s also a significant leap forward in the vital battle...
Playing the long game at TMI
In 1979 the Pennsylvanian town of Harrisburg became a household name when the Three Mile Island incident saw a brand-new reactor put into long-term monitored storage. Today, the story...
Keep young and beautiful
The drive to maximise reactor lifespans may be doing the industry a disservice. Instead of eking out every last minute, perhaps we should embrace innovation and renewal as a way...
A new sense of urgency for new nuclear
With the evidence of the catastrophic impact of global warming mounting by the day, momentum is building for the rapid development of more nuclear capacity.
Burn Baby Burn
After 40 years of progress in improving efficiency burn-up is firmly back on the agenda as the industry explores new kinds of reactors and new kinds of fuels.
Nuclear power? Yes, please!
Facing a looming energy crisis, Germany is still pressing ahead with its policy of phasing out nuclear power. Is it time for a rethink?
An energy democracy or energy chaos?
Going off-grid used to be a lifestyle choice, but mismanagement of some power systems has put ordinary people in the hard position of needing that ‘soft energy path’ – just not as...
A new chapter for nuclear power
Since the very start of the nuclear power industry, Nuclear Engineering International has been alongside every step of the way.
Being a political heavyweight
Nuclear is now gathering political and financial support as it serves to address the twin challenges of energy security and climate change but it is still far away from the...
End of an era
Caroline Peachey reflects on the change in the nuclear industry during her time as editor of NEI.
A big gap to fill
Russia has been a major international player in the nuclear sector and a leading exporter of nuclear power plants. But as many nations look to distance themselves from Russia it opens...
France: exporting the atom
Forty years ago, France was gearing up to export its nuclear technology overseas, which resulted in successful projects in China and South Korea. By John Lindberg
Creating a sun on Earth
The Joint European Torus (JET) generated its first power using deuterium-tritium fuel in 1991. Thirty years later it continues to operate, having produced it 100,000th pulse in...
Nuclear energy: caught in the crossfire
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has taken the nuclear industry into uncharted territory. For different reasons, both Ukraine and Russia have consciously chosen to make...
Addressing the nuclear skills shortage
A Cumbria-based engineering company which specialises in decommissioning has expanded its student employment scheme in an effort to attract new talent into the nuclear sector.