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January 16, 2017
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UK asks regulators to assess Chinese nuclear reactor



London (AFP) Jan 10, 2017
Britain on Tuesday asked regulators to begin an assessment of a Chinese-designed nuclear reactor for a proposed plant in Bradwell, southeastern England. Jesse Norman, the government's minister for energy and industry, said in a statement to parliament that he had requested the independent assessment, which is expected to last a number of years. General Nuclear Services (GNS), a partnership between French state-owned power giant EDF and Beijing's state-run China General Nuclear Power Corporation ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
France sells off Engie stake to finance Areva rescue
France has sold a 4.1-percent stake in energy company Engie, pulling in 1.14 billion euros ($1.2 billion) to help finance a state-led rescue of troubled nuclear firm Areva. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
EU clears French rescue of troubled nuclear firm Areva
EU anti-trust regulators on Tuesday cleared the French government's massive restructuring of troubled state-owned nuclear reactor builder Areva. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Controversial nuclear power plant near New York to close
The controversial Indian Point nuclear plant near New York will close in 2021, a casualty of low energy prices and relentless criticism by environmentalists, the power company announced Monday. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
AREVA NP supplies Safety Instrumentation and Control System for Generation 3 Reactor
AREVA NP supplied Rosatom with its safety instrumentation and control (I and C) system for its installation within unit 1 of the Novovoronezh-2 Russian nuclear power plant, which has been connected ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR
Battling energy crisis, Pakistan turns on fourth nuclear plant
Pakistan's fourth nuclear power plant went online Wednesday, a joint collaboration with China that adds 340 megawatts to the national grid as part of the goverment's efforts to end a growth-sapping energy deficit. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Report finds additional radioactive materials in gas-well drill cuttings
Hydraulic fracturing has boosted U.S. energy production while coming under scrutiny for its potential environmental impacts, mostly related to the wastewater the method generates. Now, a report in t ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Chemistry research breakthrough that could improve nuclear waste recycling technologies
Researchers from The University of Manchester have taken a major step forward by describing the quantitative modelling of the electronic structure of a family of uranium nitride compounds - a proces ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Researchers model the way into a nuclear future
Physicists from MIPT and the Joint Institute for High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences described the mobility of line defects, or dislocations, in uranium dioxide. This will enable fu ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Japan pulls plug on troubled fast breeder reactor
Japan has scrapped plans to generate electricity at a multi-billion dollar experimental nuclear reactor, the government said Monday, giving up on the decades-old project due to spiralling costs. ... more


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CYBER WARS
White House points to Putin over election hack
The White House on Thursday pointed to Russian President Vladimir Putin's direct involvement in cyber attacks designed to impact the US election, dramatically upping the stakes in a dispute between the world's two leading nuclear powers. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Bulgaria seeks investor to revive nuclear project
Bulgaria is looking for an investor ready to revive a long-delayed project for a new nuclear power plant on the Danube, the government announced Friday. ... more

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Iowa State engineer helps journal highlight how pyrolysis can advance the bioeconomy
A special issue of the journal Energy Technology details the latest advances in pyrolysis technologies for converting biomass into fuels, chemicals and fertilizers. Two pyrolysis experts are guest editors of the issue: Robert C. Brown, the director of Iowa State University's Bioeconomy Institute, an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and the Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in ... more
Handheld sensor unit determines biofuel content of diesel blends

Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production, increase profits

Species diversity reduces chances of crop failure in algal biofuel systems

Renewable energy investment value fell 18% in 2016: study
Global investment in renewable energy dropped by 18 percent in 2016 due to sharp falls in equipment prices and a slowdown in China and Japan, a study found Thursday. After reaching record levels in 2015, investment fell last year to $287.5 billion, according to researchers at Bloomberg New New Energy Finance (BNEF). The fall was due in part to "further sharp falls in equipment prices, pa ... more
CWRU directly measures how perovskite solar films efficiently convert light to power

U.S. solar groups to speak after Trump inauguration

Not enough investment in renewables: IRENA

New York sets bar high for offshore wind
Stunning is how one renewable energy group described a decision by the state of New York to build the nation's largest offshore wind farm. Kit Kennedy, the director of energy and transportation initiatives at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said New York was setting the bar high with its wind energy commitments to 2030. "New York State will become the nation's leader on cl ... more
DONG Energy makes wind energy debut

The answer is blowing in the wind

French power group aims to double wind capacity

China to build $1.5 billion power line across Pakistan
China's State Grid Corporation is set to build a $1.5-billion power line across Pakistan to enable the transmission of 4,000 megawatts of electricity from the country's north to south, the government said Friday. Pakistani and Chinese officials signed an investment agreement in Beijing on Thursday to build the country's first high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) line, according to a governmen ... more
MIT Energy Initiative report provides guidance for evolving electric power sector

Toward energy solutions for northern regions

Energy-hungry Asia slowing down, lender says

UK-Led Hydrogen Fuel Project Promises to Provide Ultra-Clean Air in China
A UK company has been selected to lead a collaborative project that promises to result in significant carbon reduction and ultra-low air quality emissions for thousands of vehicles in China within the next 10 years. Liverpool based ULEMCo, arguably the UK's most experienced integrator of H2 systems for transport, has received grant funding via Innovate UK from the cross Government Newton Fund. T ... more
Scientists discover a molecular motor has a 'gear' for directional switching

Rolling out an e-sticker revolution

Tenfold jump in green tech needed to meet global emissions targets

U.S. Army seeking biodegradable bullets
The U.S. Army has posted a solicitation for biodegradable ammunition to be used during training exercises. In the solicitation, the Army notes the branch manufactures and consumes hundreds of thousands of rounds for training events that may require 100 years or more to biodegrade. By replacing existing ammunition with biodegradable alternatives, the Army says it can reduce potent ... more
Judge orders Beirut dump shut after birds threaten flights

Study describes new method to remove nickel from contaminated seawater

E-waste rising dangerously in Asia: UN study

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Anadarko sells off Eagle Ford shale assets
Parts of the shale basin in oil-rich Texas will be left behind in order to focus more on deepwater and other assets, Anadarko Petroleum announced. The company said it agreed to sell off its assets in the Eagle Ford shale basin in Texas to Sanchez Energy Corp. and Blackstone Group for $2.3 billion. Al Walker, the top executive at Anadarko, said Eagle Ford will remain a central com ... more
Colorado is doing energy right, governor said

Milestone reached for Kashagan oil field

Egypt set for a gas turnaround

HI-SEAS Mission V crew preparing to enter Mars simulation habitat
The crew has been selected, and research studies confirmed for the 2017 mission of the University of Hawai?i at Manoa's Hawai?i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS). At approximately 3:30 p.m. on January 19, 2017, six astronaut-like crewmembers will enter a geodesic dome atop Mauna Loa on the island of Hawai?i as part of an eight-month research study of human behavior and perf ... more
New Year yields interesting bright soil for Opportunity rover

Hues in a Crater Slope

3-D images reveal features of Martian polar ice caps

On climate, top diplomat nominee says US must stay engaged
President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state said Wednesday he wants the United States to keep "a seat at the table" regarding global warming, despite Trump's pledge to abandon the Paris climate deal. At his Senate confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, former ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson also said "the risk of climate change does exist, and the consequences could be seriou ... more
Obama again defends climate deal

Global warming hiatus disproved yet again

Scientists disprove global warming took a break

This bay in Scandinavia has world record in carbon storing
Forests are potent carbon sinks, but also the oceans' seagrasses can store enormous amounts of carbon. A little bay in Denmark stores a record amount of carbon. Here is the secret. Seagrass plays a bigger role in the Earth's carbon cycle than most of us think. The underwater meadows of seagrass are capable of storing large amounts of carbon - a talent that draws attention in a time, where ... more
A new approach to recycling greenhouse gases

Crystallization method offers new option for carbon capture from ambient air

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India launches second Scorpene-class submarine
A second Indian-built Scorpene-class submarine was launched in Mumbai for the Indian Navy Thursday by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited. The submarine is expected to be delivered to the Indian navy by the year end and will be commissioned the Khanderi, the Indian Ministry of Defense said. The diesel-electric submarine, built under a technology transfer agreement with DCNS of Fran ... more
Ingalls Shipbuilding contracted for Coast Guard cutter

Pentagon approves potential $126 billion submarine project

Russia to continue Admiral Makarov trials in 2017

A year after nuclear deal, Iran wary of rising US 'hostility'
A year after its nuclear deal took effect, Iran is increasingly concerned over the arrival of US President-elect Donald Trump, who has threatened to tear up the historic accord. Analysts say it is unlikely the Trump administration will completely dismantle the agreement, which he described as "the worst deal ever negotiated". A series of cabinet appointments, however, have signalled Trum ... more
N. Korea has plutonium for 10 nuclear bombs: S. Korea

Trump, top diplomat pick differ on nukes

Iran to buy 130 tonnes of uraniaum: nuclear official

IS gains ground near key eastern Syrian city: monitor
The Islamic State group gained ground around a key eastern Syrian city on Sunday, a monitor said, despite a heavy air strikes by government warplanes. The jihadists pressed their brutal assault on Deir Ezzor for the second day, seizing territory near an air base on the city's edges, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "IS seized several hilltops that overlook the airpor ... more
Senegal to extradite Guinean soldier wanted over massacre

Mauritania, Saudi Arabia strengthen military cooperation

US air strikes in Syria kill Al-Qaeda militants: Pentagon

NASA research is key to future of air transportation
In the future, aircraft will consume half as much fuel compared to today, generate one-fourth the emissions they do now, fly so quietly that airport neighbors won't hear annoying noise and fly passengers at supersonic speeds while burning biofuels. We will see advanced drones, personal air vehicles, and air taxis on demand. All of this and more offers a snapshot of a very possible future t ... more
Navy accepts its 50th P-8A Poseidon

DARPA awards Sikorsky Phase 3 contract for ALIAS program

Eurofighter signs support deals for Typhoon fighters

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Nepal sacks quake reconstruction chief
Nepal on Wednesday sacked the chief of its earthquake reconstruction body, a move seen by critics as politically motivated and likely to further delay rebuilding following the April 2015 disaster. Sushil Gyewali was appointed head of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) a year ago after months of political wrangling over who should lead the agency. The NRA is tasked with spending ... more
Memory of lost Cyprus home haunts three generations

Six climbers die of cold climbing Guatemala volcano

Debt traps threaten Nepal quake victims

Textron begins testing Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle
Textron Systems Unmanned Systems began on-water testing for the 4th-generation Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle, a project for the U.S. Navy. The testing support's the U.S. Navy's Unmanned Influence Sweep System program. Textron Systems received a $33.8 million contract in October 2014 to provide a vessel for the project. The Navy tasked the company with designing, developing and qualify ... more
Robots need 'kill switches', warn Euro MPs

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