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Power for the people
14 December, 2016
The US generates more nuclear power than any other country in the North American region with 99 plants currently operational. In this country focus industry analysis provider GlobalData provides an insight into the market.

Moving forward
14 December, 2016
The transportation of nuclear products has been going on for many years. But as Andrew Tunnicliffe reports it continues to face a variety of challenges today as the world evolves.

Realising the dream, or not
21 October, 2016
The historic nuclear accord, signed by India and the US in 2008, enabled India not only to import uranium for its fuel- starved operating reactors, but also build nuclear power plants in collaboration with the international giants. However, challenges for nuclear power and capacity growth remain as Kapil Patil of the Department of Atomic Energy at Indian Pugwash Society reveals.

Nuclear power in a sustainable mix
21 October, 2016
Under mentor Akira Omoto a team of fellows at the World Nuclear University looked at the prospects for sustainable energy and the role nuclear can play. They report their findings to NEI.

Come together
13 October, 2016
Frazer-Nash’s John Collins discusses a collaborative project undertaken with EDF Energy at Hunterston B.

Managing the land, and sea
13 October, 2016
Bob Burton, former UKAEA manager of Fuel Cycle and Wastes, and Colin Haslam, professor of finance and accounting at Queen Mary College, offer a new perspective on the challenges the UK faces with regard to nuclear waste disposal and the potential innovative response to them.

From the last come a first
14 September, 2016
When the Wylfa 1 reactor was shutdown for the last time on the afternoon of 30th December 2015, it brought an end to the 49-year history of the UK’s Magnox stations. But a nuclear first was achieved that day as well, because the reactor had almost used up all of the fuel available, as NEI reports.

Hinkley project still uncertain
30 August, 2016
A new report by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), ‘Hinkley What If?’, says the UK does not need the Hinkley Point C NPP in order to meet its energy needs. ECIU director Richard Black said: "We wanted to know how essential Hinkley is for the 'energy trilemma' - keeping the lights on whilst cutting greenhouse gas emissions and keeping costs down. Our conclusion is that it's not essential; using tried and tested technologies, with nothing unproven or futuristic, Britain can meet all its targets and do so at lower cost."

China gets onboard
16 August, 2016
Nuclear has a long history in submarine propulsion, but civilian applications for floating plant are another matter. China and Russia have dedicated development programmes with the completion of the first maritime nuclear power platform getting closer. NEI looks at the programmes and what they might mean for offshore power generation, the environment and regional security.

French court supports Hinkley decision as Chinese concerns increase
11 August, 2016
EDF said in a statement on its website on 8 August that it welcomed a decision by the High Court of Paris to reject a request by EDF’s Central Works Committee to suspend the board’s 28 July decision to approve the Hinkley Point C NPP project in the UK, which is to be built by EDF. Jean-Bernard Lévy, EDF chairman and CEO, said in the statement that he will take legal action against the Sud Energie union.

A global response
22 May, 2016
In the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster questions of nuclear safety were raised across Japan and around the world. In response, regulators moved to enhance safety procedures and nuclear power plant operators carried out their implementation. Božidar Krajnc, Dr Lang-Chen Wang, Michael Powell and Jeffrey Taylor discuss that implementation.

Mission Control
22 May, 2016
Robert Krivanek of the International Atomic Energy Agency considers the results from SALTO peer review missions and summarizes the main trends and results from follow-up missions thus far.

From taboo to necessity
10 May, 2016
The disposal of radioactive waste has long been an issue for the industry. With concerns over environmental issues ever-present and growing fears of security it has even hit the mainstream news in recent months. As Charles McCombie and Neil Chapman of Arius Association and Ewoud Verhoef of COVRA discuss a multinational approach is not only a reasonable aim but is looking more likely than ever before.

Another way?
10 May, 2016
Long-time NEI reader and nuclear power expert Bob Burton shares his views nuclear waste disposal and the somewhat controversial options available.

Keeping cool under pressure
10 May, 2016
Environmental issues have long been at the fore of the nuclear industry and have, over the decades, changed the way the industry operates. However concerns, whether reasonable or not, remain. But as Meredith Angwin reveals sometimes the environmental issues raised could arguably be used as a smokescreen.

EC takes detailed look at Europe’s nuclear future
06 April, 2016
The European Commission's (EC’s) latest Nuclear Illustrative Programme (Pinc) puts the projected cost of investments in the complete nuclear fuel cycle in the European Union (EU) for 2015 to 2050 at €650- 760bn ($738-863bn). Investment in new nuclear stations needed to replace ageing nuclear reactors to maintain a stable nuclear generation capacity over the next 35 years will amount to €350-450bn, Pinc says. Some 90% of the existing nuclear capacity will need replacing by 2050. As a low carbon technology and significant contributor to security of supply, nuclear energy is expected to remain an “important component” of the EU’s energy mix in 2050, the report concludes.

Chernobyl - 30 years on
28 March, 2016
Three decades on from the Chernobyl disaster work continues to clear and contain the site. Vince Novak*, director of nuclear safety at European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, tells NEI of the journey so far as the project ramps up.

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