Sunday, 25 April 2010

Nuclear Power Conferences

3)   Nuclear power uprate conference   21-22 June 2010 , Washington DC.   Sponsor(s): Bechtel

4)   Platts 5th annual european nuclear power: prices, policy and projects.   29-30 June 2010 , London, UK
Sponsor(s): Capgemini, Tractebel, Gowlings, Westinghouse, Bureau Veritas

5)   C5’s 2nd annual nuclear decommissioning & legacy waste.   30 June 2010-01 July 2010 , Manchester, UK.   Sponsor(s): C5

6)   Plim & plex us.   28-29 September 2010 , Chicago, USA.   Sponsor(s): Areva, GE Hitachi

7)   Nuclear materials 2010.   04-07 October 2010 , Karlsruhe, Germany.   Sponsor(s): Journal of Nuclear Materials

People All over Europe Remembering Chernobyl Day


Barack Obama on Nuclear Energy

Look what Chomsky has to say about nuclear power

Crumbling Nuclear Power station at Sizewell is proving difficult to repair

Our nuclear power stations in Britain are so old that they are wearing out. Since they are highly radioactive, they are very difficult to repair.

On the 9th of April, the people trying to repair Sizewell B (Lake Acquisitions) said it was going to take longer than they had expected.

The power station had to be shut down on the 17th March because there were higher than normal moisture levels inside the containment building. Lake Acquisitions - a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF - said the problem related to one of the heaters associated with the pressuriser. The component is not part of the reactor pressure vessel but is connected to the cooling circuit.
At first they thought that they could repair it quite quickly in the same way that they had done in similar power stations. But when they looked at the damage in more detail they found that they would have to develop existing repair techniques further before being able to start work. So they are still studying how to carry out the repairs and have no idea when the nuclear power station can start up again
Lake Acquisitions said they expected to lose about  2TWh to 3TWh worth of electricity.

Story provided by Business Financial Newswire


Nuclear protesters in Germany form 120-kilometer human chain

Opponents of nuclear power joined hands to form a 120-kilometer human chain across northern Germany. They were protesting Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to revoke a law that would shut down nuclear plants by 2020.

Tens of thousands of people attended demonstrations on Saturday aimed at protesting the German government's plans to extend the lives of its nuclear power plants.

Demonstrators formed a 120-kilometer (74-mile) human chain that stretched from a nuclear power plant in Brunsbuettel, near the city of Koblenz, through Hamburg along the Elbe River to another plant in Kruemmel, on the North Sea.

Kruemmel was the site of two minor nuclear accidents in 2007 and 2009.

Police in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein told the AFP news agency that there were "clearly more than 100,000 participants." Organizers estimated the total number at about 120,000.
"Today over 120,000 people have signaled to the government: You must change your pro-nuclear position," event spokesman Thorben Becker told the DPA news agency.

Demonstrations also took place at an atomic waste storage site in the town of Ahaus in North Rhine-Westphalia and at a nuclear plant in the state of Hessen.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that her center-right coalition wants to revoke a law passed under Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's center-left coalition that promised to shut down all nuclear power plants in Germany by 2020.

Merkel's government has called nuclear energy a "bridge technology" that helps the country keep its commitments to lowering carbon dioxide emissions.

The protests come just days before Monday's 24th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

 Deutsche Welle - 24.04.2010