Researchers in the Czech Republic have developed Teplator, a system that uses radioactive decay heat from spent fuel rods to heat water as an alternative to coal. Permits for the technology are pending and site facilities are being considered.
Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power has expressed interest in working with Poland, which wants to move to clean energy sources. Poland is looking for a partner to build 6 to 9 gigawatts of nuclear energy capacity and has had talks with US and French companies about the plans.
Tokyo Electric Power Company has agreed to penalties handed down by the Nuclear Regulation Authority for lax security measures at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, which will delay restarting the plant for at least a year. TEPCO, which also owns the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, will reduce pay for top company executives as part of the agreement.
Greenland's left-wing Inuit Ataqatigiit party, which won elections this week, will work to halt the Kvanefjeld neodymium mining project. "This will without doubt hamper mining development in Greenland," says Mikaa Mered, a lecturer on Arctic affairs.
A 15-member advisory panel overseeing the decommissioning of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania will meet for the first time today. The group, which was created as part of an arrangement between state regulators and a subsidiary of Utah-based EnergySolutions, should provide greater public participation in the decommissioning process.
Workers in the nuclear and fossil fuel industries earn higher wages than workers in the wind and solar industries, according to a report from BW Research Partnership, the National Association of State Energy Officials and the Energy Futures Initiative. The report found that wind and solar workers saw a median hourly wage of $25.95 and $24.48, respectively, while nuclear workers saw median wages of $39.19 per hour.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has provided a resource to help veterinary professionals safely use radiation in animal health care. The guide covers practical safety measures for protecting workers, the public and the environment.
Experts say infrastructure build-out, federal policies and investments are needed to make large-scale production of hydrogen from nuclear reactors commercially viable in the next ten years. Much will depend on government policies that can incentivize the development of the technologies.
BWX Technologies has been awarded a contract extension from the Department of Energy to continue work on decommissioning the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Ohio. The one-year extension, with an additional two six-month options, is worth up to $690 million.
Commercial operations have started at the United Arab Emirates' Barakah nuclear power plant reactor Unit 1. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE, says the project was the "effort of 10 years and 2,000 engineers and Emirati young men and 80 international partners."