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France: exporting the atom
20 April, 2022
Forty years ago, France was gearing up to export its nuclear...
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Creating a sun on Earth
Tuesday, April 05, 2022 by 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
Wednesday, March 09, 2022 by 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
Wednesday, March 09, 2022 by 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.

More haste, less speed
Monday, February 28, 2022 by Countries looking to invest heavily in new nuclear capacity – especially those in Europe — also need to consider how they will manage used nuclear fuel. Jeremy Gordon asks whether...

New year, new nuclear industry
Thursday, January 27, 2022 by Jeremy Gordon looks ahead to some of the industry milestones expected in 2022. Will it be a year remembered for more than just Germany’s nuclear phaseout?

The end of shyness
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 by The COP26 meeting in Glasgow could completely change the debate around nuclear energy, says Jeremy Gordon

Sudie, Ignalina!
Thursday, January 06, 2022 by The final closure of Lithuania’s Ignalina nuclear power plant 12 years ago, means the country is now largely dependent on electricity imports. By John Lindberg

Paradigm shift
Thursday, December 02, 2021 by Jeremy Gordon says the definition of energy security is changing. That highlights the benefits of nuclear

To wait, or not to wait: the question of Safestore
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 by In the 1990s, the most cost-effective strategy for decommissioning the UK Magnox reactor fleet was deemed to be care and maintenance. Three decades on, has that changed? By John Lindberg

Playing leapfrog
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 by Developments powered by small reactors could leapfrog fossil fuels and unlock huge resources that will support emerging electric vehicles, battery storage and renewables industries,...

The role of nuclear in achieving net zero
Tuesday, November 02, 2021 by Boris Schucht discusses how nuclear can support the energy transition and explains what Urenco is doing to help

Return to the norm?
Thursday, October 14, 2021 by Ten years on from the Fukushima disaster, Jeremy Gordon asks whether policy effects on other countries will soon disappear

Straight to voicemail
Thursday, September 02, 2021 by Jeremy Gordon says China’s slow response to questions about fuel leakage at Taishan raise concerns over its commitment to open information – and that should be a concern for the rest...

Bill Gates has entered the chat
Wednesday, August 04, 2021 by Nuclear power and now the nuclear industry have attracted the attention of billionaire business magnate Bill Gates. Could it mark a turning point for America’s leadership in nuclear?...

Exorcise the cult of bad faith
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 by The clean energy debate is dividing into two groups — the serious and the unserious. But nuclear still has work to do to gain its place, says Jeremy Gordon.

Blown away by the competition
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 by Jeremy Gordon asks whether the nuclear industry could improve public engagement by setting up more accessible visitor attractions

Energy demand rising a bit
Thursday, April 29, 2021 by The vision of blockchain as the route to a distributed low energy utopia has not delivered, argues Jeremy Gordon. Instead it points to an always-on, high-energy-demand future, favouring...

Towards more reasoned debate about nuclear and renewables
Thursday, April 29, 2021 by Letter to the editor from Andy Stirling, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, UK

Pass the mic
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 by Japanese leaders insist that nuclear must have a role in the country’s energy future, but their declarations of support can’t do much to convince key communities. By Jeremy Gordon

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