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Saturday, April 14, 2012

TEPCO: Nuclear fuel rods in No. 4 spent fuel pool are “confirmed to be damaged” — First time damage revealed at any pool

TEPCO: Nuclear fuel rods in No. 4 spent fuel pool are “confirmed to be damaged” — First time damage revealed at any pool 

http://enenews.com/nuclear-fuel-rods-4-spent-fuel-pool-confirmed-be-damaged-tepco-first-time-damage-revealed-pool

* Ramifications for the AP1000 Containment Design


* Friends of the Earth Report: Steam Generator Failures at San Onofre


Friends of the Earth Report: Steam Generator Failures at San Onofre 

http://www.fairewinds.com/content/foe-report-steam-generator-failures-san-onofre

San Onofre Cascading Steam Generator Failures Created By Edison Imprudent Design And Fabrication Decisions Caused Leaks

Fairewinds Associates, Inc Burlington, VT 05408
Phone 802-865-9955
contact@fairewinds.com
San Onofre Cascading Steam Generator Failures Created By Edison
Imprudent Design And Fabrication Decisions Caused Leaks

http://libcloud.s3.amazonaws.com/93/86/5/1285/Fairewinds_FOE_Cascading_Steam_Generator_Failures_San_Onofre_2012_4_12.pdf

Congressmen ask NRC to hold local meetings on concrete issues

Congressmen ask NRC to hold local meetings on concrete issues
The Daily News of Newburyport
SEABROOK — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans to hold a meeting in Maryland next week to discuss concrete deterioration problems at Seabrook nuclear plant, but two local congressmen say they want a meeting to be held much closer to the plant.

Reactor redesign faulted in San Onofre report


Reactor redesign faulted in San Onofre report
U-T San Diego
The report on San Onofre by Fairewinds Associates, a Vermont-based consultant that has worked with groups critical of nuclear power, suggests that "imprudent design and fabrication decisions" may be to blame for accelerated wear on generator steam ...
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NuScale Power Press - Jose Reyes


NuScale Power Press - Jose Reyes
NuScale has collaborated with SRNL and SRS for more than a year on the evaluation of the site for a small, modular reactor. Based on NuScale's input, SRS ...
www.nuscale.com/nr-News-Press_20120411.php
 Partnership will help to develop small reactors at SRS
Aiken Standard
... A South Carolina economic development initiative is partnering with a company that last month signed an agreement with the Savannah River National Laboratory to one day deploy small modular reactor technology at the Savannah River Site.
NuScale Power Press - Jose Reyes
NuScale has collaborated with SRNL and SRS for more than a year on the evaluation of the site for a small, modular reactor. Based on NuScale's input, SRS ...
www.nuscale.com/nr-News-Press_20120411.php
 In a step designed to accelerate the deployment of modular, scalable nuclear technology and boost economic development, NuScale Power LLC, and NuHub, an economic development initiative in Columbia, SC, will work together to pursue a small modular reactor project (SMR) at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.
The team’s proposal will integrate one or more utilities to assist NuScale in its Design Certification process with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and development of the Reference Construction & Operating Licensing Application (R-COLA).
As part of this agreement, NuScale will support efforts by NuHub to use this opportunity as a vehicle for economic development in the Columbia region and throughout South Carolina. NuHub, an initiative of EngenuitySC, will participate in NuScale’s application for an award under the Department of Energy’s (DOE) $452 million cost sharing program for Small Modular Reactor Licensing Technical Support.
“NuHub recognizes the importance of SMRs in meeting the need for clean energy in the Southeast region of the United States and around the world,” said Charles T. (Ted) Speth II, NuHub SMR Chair. “Commercial deployment of this technology also offers a powerful engine for economic growth through expansion of manufacturing and the establishment of higher education and training programs in engineering and power plant operations,” he said. “NuHub is pleased to be a part of the development of NuScale’s advanced and innovative new design.”
“Our ability to join forces with NuHub is a dramatic demonstration of the market interest in NuScale’s technology,” said Paul Lorenzini, chief executive officer and president of NuScale Power. “South Carolina already receives much of its electricity from nuclear power plants. The state and the Savannah River Site are ideally-suited for development of a NuScale SMR.”
In March, NuScale, the Savannah River Site (SRS) and Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) signed a Memorandum of Agreement to collaborate on the potential deployment of a nuclear power plant using NuScale’s technology at the site. NuScale has collaborated with SRNL and SRS for more than a year on the evaluation of the site for a small, modular reactor. Based on NuScale’s input, SRS has identified several locations on the 310 square-mile site that likely are suitable for project development.
DOE’s program is designed to accelerate the deployment of SMRs by providing cost sharing over five years for the licensing of up to two technologies. Applications for the awards are due May 21, 2012, and DOE expects to announce the awardees this summer.

About NuScale Power, LLC

NuScale Power LLC, is developing an inherently safe, modular, scalable commercial nuclear power technology. NuScale’s design offers the benefits of carbon-free nuclear power but takes away the issues presented by the cost of installing large capacity. A nuclear power plant using NuScale’s technology is comprised of individual nuclear power modules; each produces 45 megawatts of electricity with its own combined containment vessel and reactor system, and its own designated turbine-generator set. A power plant can include as many as 12 NuScale integral PWR modules to produce as much as 540 megawatts. NuScale power plants are scalable – additional modules are added as customer demand for electricity increases. These multi-module plants are highly reliable – one unit can be taken out of service for refueling or maintenance, or a new unit added, without affecting the operation of the others.
For more information visit: www.nuscalepower.com.

About NuHub

NuHub, an initiative of EngenuitySC, is a collaborative group of public, private, higher education and workforce development stakeholders working to maximize economic and job creation opportunities for the nuclear industry in the Midstate region of South Carolina, and to establish the Midstate as a hub and global leader for nuclear energy innovation. Please visit www.NuHubSC.com for more information.

About EngenuitySC

Headquartered in Columbia, EngenuitySC is public/private partnership formed to develop and grow the South Carolina Midlands’ knowledge-based economy by fostering an environment where entrepreneurship, innovation, and the creation of knowledge are fundamental elements of the region’s culture, identity, and economic development strategy. Through collaboration with business, government, and higher education, EngenuitySC leads initiatives that support research development, promote commercialization, and leverage the region’s assets. Please visit www.EngenuitySC.com for more information.
  

Nnproliferation: The Cost of Staying Nuclear

The Cost of Staying Nuclear

Concern over the spread of nuclear weapons to new states often overshadows the issue of existing nuclear arsenals. Even when the latter does receive attention, it is usually devoted entirely to Russian and U.S. nuclear forces, which are estimated to account for 95 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons. A new report by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s (WILPF), entitled Assuring Destruction Forever: Nuclear Weapon Modernization around the World,  is notable for bringing together prominent nuclear experts to analyze the stockpiles and future modernization plans of all nine nuclear weapon states – the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan, and North Korea. The multi-authored report also devotes three chapters to larger thematic issues like international law and political will. At the outset, the report presents some ominous data. For example, as of March 2012, there were approximately 19,500 nuclear weapons between the nuclear powers. ... Read More...
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Emerging Energy Issues and Technologies
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Active Citizenship for Sustainable Communities

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Regional Administrator for New England                   Regional Administrator for New England               Regional Administrator for New England 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency                   U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development   U.S. Dept. of Labor Women's Bureau

                                                                                               
Christina Lampe-Onnerud                          Liz Levin                                                      Jackie VanderBrug
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Boston Power, Inc.                                                Liz Levin & Co Management Constultant             Criterion Venture

                                                                         
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Fukushima Dai-Ichi No. 4: An earthquake before spent fuel rods are moved to safe storage would be “the end”

Fukushima Dai-Ichi No. 4: An earthquake before spent fuel rods are moved to safe storage would be “the end”

By lambert strether, who blogs at Corrente.
This clip from TV Asahi is a lucid explanation of the biggest ongoing news story in the world today: The catastrophic consequences if an earthquake strikes the Fukushima Dai-Ichi No. 4 power plant before its spent fuel rods are moved to safe storage place, a process that will not even begin until December 2013, and could take years. It aired March 8, 2012 on “Morning Bird,” a mainstream Japanese news and information TV program.
NOTE Click the CC button at bottom right to show English subtitles!

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2012/04/fukushima-dai-ichi-no-4-an-earthquake-before-spent-fuel-rods-are-moved-to-safe-storage-would-be-the-end.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NakedCapitalism+%28naked+capitalism%29
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World Nuclear Generation in 2011 was 2518 TWh

World Nuclear Generation in 2011 was 2518 TWh

Maximum Storage Expected to be Reached

Maximum Storage Expected to be Reached http://www.bidurenergy.com/news-events/maximum-storage-expected-to-be-reached?goback=.gde_3004905_member_107694877

US tops global clean energy investment rankings

12 April 2012 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17662973

US tops global clean energy investment rankings

By Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News

Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles: Challenges and Opportunities (FR09)

Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles: Challenges and Opportunities (FR09)

From Technology Review, MIT The Best New Science Fiction Inspired by today’s emerging technologies

The Best New Science Fiction

Inspired by today’s emerging technologies

Twelve visions of the future of computing, biotechnology, energy, and more

From the editors of Technology Review comes TRSF, an 80-page anthology of original near-future science fiction stories.
  • Stories by celebrated science fiction masters and some of the best new talent from around the world.
  • Inspired by real-world technological breakthroughs.
  • Featuring an original cover by legendary science fiction artist Chris Foss, and illustrated with six classic Foss paintings.
“This collection represents the cutting edge of modern science fiction, combining great ideas about the future of technology with great writing.”
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BECHTEL SIGNS NUCLEAR PROJECT MANAGEMENT CONTRACT WITH CHINA NUCLEAR

BECHTEL SIGNS NUCLEAR PROJECT MANAGEMENT CONTRACT WITH CHINA NUCLEAR

Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles: Challenges and Opportunities (FR09) Proceedings of an International Conference Held in Kyoto, Japan, 7-11 December 2009

Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles: Challenges and Opportunities (FR09)
Proceedings of an International Conference Held in Kyoto, Japan, 7-11 December 2009 Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles: Challenges and Opportunities (FR09)
Proceedings of an International Conference Held in Kyoto, Japan, 7-11 December 2009
Proceedings Series - International Atomic Energy Agency Subject Classification: 0800-Nuclear fuel cycle and waste management
STI/PUB/1444 (ISBN:978-92-0-102410-7) 393 pp.; 98.00 Euro;
Language: English
Date Published: 2012
Responsible Officer/Officers: Mr Stefano Monti, NENP
DESCRIPTION This is the proceedings of an international conference on fast reactors and related fuel cycles convened to exchange experience and innovative ideas in order to achieve progress in this field. Fast reactor programmes are currently on an accelerated growth path in many countries of the world, and the last international fast reactor conference was held almost 20 years ago. The scope of discussion included key scientific and technological areas such as fuels and materials development, safety, advanced simulation, component and system design and coolant technology, in which innovation is pursued to ensure that next generations fast reactor fuel cycles will achieve their potential. The accompanying CD-ROM contains the contributed papers and posters, summaries of 150 oral presentations and the young generation event.
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