1 Sep (NucNet): A major factor that contributed to the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear station was the widespread assumption in Japan that its nuclear power plants were so safe that an accident of this magnitude was “simply unthinkable”, a report by the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency says.
31 Aug (NucNet): The costs of nuclear energy “remain in line” with the costs of other baseload technologies, says a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA).
28 Aug (NucNet): The Swedish nuclear fuel and waste management company SKB is planning to complete the licensing process for the country’s spent nuclear fuel repository at Forsmark and to begin construction in 2019, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) has said.
27 Aug (NucNet): The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Kazakhstan signed an agreement today for the establishment of a Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) bank to be located at the Ulba Metallurgical Plant in Oskemen, northeast Kazakhstan, the IAEA said in a statement.
With Germany pushing ahead with plans to phase out nuclear energy by 2022, Ralf Güldner, president of the German Atomic Forum (DAtF), spoke to NucNet about the future of nuclear, continuing efforts to open a high-level waste repository, and potential economic problems caused by high levels of uncertainty in the country’s power market.
Mr Güldner said nuclear is still providing the German energy supply system with “very valuable baseload power”. He said nuclear accounts for about 16 to 17 percent of total power supply and about one-third of baseload supply.
However, there are regional differences. In Bavaria, for example, nuclear provided nearly 50 percent of the total power supply in 2014. He said nuclear stations do not achieve their previous high levels of production because their output is being adjusted to compensate for renewables.
“As a German citizen, I am curious as to how grid stability will be maintained in the future,” he said.
The interview is online for subscribers: http://bit.ly/1IrBA9M
Shutting down nuclear plants in the US will have significant economic and electricity supply impact, leading to major problems in some states in the long-term, US Nuclear Energy Institute president and chief executive officer Marvin Fertel told NucNet. Mr Fertel spoke to NucNet about challenges for the nuclear sector, the future of Yucca Mountain, and preparations for licence renewals up to 80 years. The interview is online for subscribers.
The financing of new nuclear is complex and it can be difficult to pin down a precise cost. In this NucNet special report, Lubomir Mitev looks at the way costs are calculated and why there are differences between various business models. Members and subscribers can download the report.