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The white heat of optimism
06 June, 2019
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Time to diversify?
Thursday, May 02, 2019 by As the current nuclear fleet struggles to maintain its competitiveness in some markets, Jeremy Gordon suggests that expansion into heat or hydrogen production could help secure...

A big deal
Tuesday, April 02, 2019 by As operation of the Finnish EPR approaches, Jeremy Gordon reflects on the 15-year construction process and explains why Olkiluoto 3 remains a significant project despite its hefty delay.

Renaissance 2.0
Wednesday, March 06, 2019 by Increased public and political interest in the use of nuclear power as a response to climate is undeniable. But can this translate into a new wave of construction? Jeremy Gordon...

Waiting to exhale
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 by Nuclear waste is typically treated as a sovereign responsibility. Does it have to be? Jeremy Gordon suggests that like any other segment of the industry, radioactive waste...

Four potential threats to physical data security
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by Douglas Miorandi discusses the importance of pairing physical security and cyber security to protect data from all types of attacks in the nuclear sector

Bill Gates on climate change and nuclear
Thursday, January 03, 2019 by Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates has written in his 29 December year-end blog that nuclear power is "ideal for dealing with climate change".

Nuclear power – is there another blueprint?
Thursday, November 29, 2018 by There is a sharp increase in the number of reactors entering operation today, but will this continue? In his final column, Steve Kidd, argues that despite barriers to be overcome, he...

Nuclear power – what are the barriers to expansion?
Thursday, November 01, 2018 by Fundamental change is needed to secure the future of nuclear energy. The current international regime and the focus on safety is beginning to hamper potential even in growth regions...

Radiation awareness - why must this be tackled?
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by Steve Kidd explains how improving perception of radiation is a crucial step to overcoming the fear of nuclear energy.

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Nuclear power - can it avoid oblivion?
Thursday, September 13, 2018 by MANY OF MY ARTICLES SEEM to start with the statement that “nuclear power stands at the crossroads”. This has been the case for the 14 years that I’ve been writing for this magazine...

Nuclear in China – where is it heading now?
Wednesday, August 01, 2018 by Completion of the first EPR and AP1000 reactors in China marks a major milestone, but China’s ambitious nuclear expansion programme is no longer on track. Steve Kidd examines why.

Japan – is there a future in nuclear?
Wednesday, July 04, 2018 by It is now more than seven years since the Fukushima accident in March 2011 but the future of Japan in nuclear power remains in some doubt, Steve Kidd explains.

The renaissance – what happened?
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 by Ten years ago, there were huge aspirations in the industry for a nuclear renaissance, but it has not materialised. Steve Kidd looks at three factors that have adversely impacted...

Climate change – should nuclear steer clear?
Thursday, May 10, 2018 by With fossil fuel use increasing and carbon emissions growing, Steve Kidd asks whether it is time to start adapting to climate change rather than trying to mitigate it.

How to ensure a future for nuclear – Stage 1
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by A new strategy is urgently needed to promote the future of commercial nuclear power, as Steve Kidd explains. This requires reform of international regulatory regimes and a reassessment...

Operating reactors - can they still compete?
Wednesday, March 07, 2018 by Nuclear reactors currently account for around 10% of global electricity production, but this is under threat. Maintaining the future fleet requires a balance between economic...

Nuclear new build – where does it stand today?
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by Countries around the world are embracing new reactor construction, but as Steve Kidd explains more is needed if nuclear power is to play a role in meeting future energy needs

Beyond 2017 – where does nuclear stand?
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by The energy news from 2017 provided the usual mix of positive and negative stories. Steve Kidd reviews some of the main developments, including the progress on using nuclear for...

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