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Strategy for submarines
Nick Higginson explains how an integrated waste management approach could help make decommissioning the UK’s nuclear submarines safer, faster and cheaper.
Entering a closing situation
A recent international report says nuclear energy is part of the solution to the decarbonisation challenge. It will have no impact in Germany, where the nuclear phaseout is...
The white heat of optimism
Jeremy Gordon calls for the industry to embrace the optimism generated by nuclear energy’s applications in space, and also by unlikely technologies such as thorium, fusion, and...
Time to diversify?
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
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.
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
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
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
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?
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?
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?
Steve Kidd explains how improving perception of radiation is a crucial step to overcoming the fear of nuclear energy.
Nuclear power - can it avoid oblivion?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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
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...