According to English language press reports from Ankara, South Korea is positioned to sign contracts by November to build a $10 billion project. An energy official said the Sinop plant would have four reactors and a total capacity of 5.6 GWe.
2. Yes VermontYankee, has Monday Blue Ribbon: People making a difference to nuclear power – Yes Vermont Yankee honors Robert Hargraves for his work in nuclear energy education and thorium reactors, and Margaret Harding for her effective response to one of the Union of Concerned Scientist “fission stories” (aka “fission fiction”).
3. Yes Vermont Yankee has a comparison of nuclear power with a planned solar thermal installation. A proposed solar thermal plant in the California desert will cost six billion to build, take six years to complete, and only make electricity when the sun is shining. Guest blogger Willem Post compares this to a new nuke.
4. Canadian Energy Issues has jobs at nuclear plants are not generally regarded as “green jobs.” Basic number crunching shows they are by far the greenest of all power-sector jobs. In this article, Steve Aplin reports on a visit to the Bruce generating station on Lake Huron, where 7,000 people are helping generate 4,500 megawatts of carbon-free baseload electricity while readying another 1,500 MW of refurbished capacity.
5. Atomic Insights by Rod Adams has Cooperative Effort is Required to Build Large New Nuclear Power Plants and Allow Those Projects to Create Jobs.
Article summary: One of the weapons used against nuclear energy is that building large, complex projects often requires government assistance. That is especially in an industry where the construction and manufacturing infrastructure experienced 30 years without an order. In this post, however, I argue that enabling a large, cooperative team to find financial resources is an appropriate role for a government interested in long term prosperity and near term employment opportunities.
Summary of severe accidents that occurred in fossil, hydro and nuclear energy chains in the period 1969-2000
OECD Non-OECD Energy chain Accidents Deaths Deaths/ Accidents Deaths Deaths/ GWey GWey Coal 75 2259 0.157 1044 18,017 0.597 Coal (China 1994-1999) 819 11,334 6.169 Coal (without China) 102 4831 0.597 Oil 165 3713 0.132 232 16,505 0.897 Natural Gas 90 1043 0.085 45 1000 0.111 LPG 59 1905 1.957 46 2016 14.896 Hydro 1 14 0.003 10 29,924 10.285 Nuclear 0 0 - 1 31* 0.048 Total 390 8934 1480 72,324
* These are immediate fatalities only GWey: Gigawatt-year of electric power
Source: Data provided to the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency by the Paul Scherrer Institute
7. 4 Factor Consulting has Fission Fiction – or how David Lochbaum got it wrong
Mr. Lochbaum’s research regarding instability events at nuclear power plants was incomplete. Because he then drew hasty conclusions from his incomplete research, he has mad erroneous statements about the facts regarding an incident at Perry NPP in 2004-5.
8. 4 Factor consulting also has a post describing the quality and safety regime in the nuclear industry and details some of INPO’s contributions to the improvements in safety in the nuclear industry. The BP Disaster: Why Something like It Could Never Happen at a Nuclear Facility
9. Nukepowertalk has a summary of some key points of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency report on “Comparing Nuclear Accident Risks with Those from Other Energy Sources,” and comments on some of the comparisons.
Uncommon wisdom about Energy – What is and is not dangerous and what are the best options.
What are the deaths per TWH for all energy sources? How should this factor into energy plans What is the big view of energy subsidies and energy infrastructure costs ? 75% of the energy over the next few decades will be built outside the OECD (not north america or europe), so cost estimates for making a US nuclear reactor is not that important. Where will the real energy future be ? What are the costs and timeframes and supply chains ? Why proliferation from commercial nuclear reactors was never that important and will be even less important. The importance of advanced uprating and factory mass production. Advances in nuclear fission technology Promising Nuclear fusion possibilities for 2015-2025 Wind - kite generation and 1000 foot turbines What are the best ways to improve energy efficiency ? Biofuel - seaweed, weeds and algae
13. Here are details of the subcritical accelerator driven thorium nuclear reactor designed by Nobel Laureate Carlo Rubbia. This reactor was given a supportive article by the UK Telegraph. It has been extensively studied for over 15 years and is expected to have half the cost of existing light water reactors and burn up almost all of the nuclear fuel. The Norwegian group Aker Solutions has bought Dr Rubbia’s patent for the thorium fuel-cycle, and is working on his design for a proton accelerator at its UK operation. They are raising 100 million pounds ($150 million USD) for the next stage of an estimated 2 billion pound ($3 billion USD) project to develop the first commercial unit.