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January 19, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
AREVA to supply refueling equipment upgrades to TVA reactors



Washington DC (SPX) Jan 17, 2017
AREVA NP signed a multimillion-dollar agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to provide fleet-wide refuel equipment upgrades. Under this contract, AREVA NP will upgrade existing refueling platforms, manipulator cranes, fuel transfer systems and used fuel bridge components. This modern equipment will help operators increase efficiency, strengthen performance and reduce time when receiving, moving and storing nuclear fuel. AREVA NP will complete this work at Sequoyah Units 1 and 2, Watt ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Portugal protests against Spain nuclear waste near border
Portugal has accused Spain of stockpiling nuclear waste close to its border without evaluating the environmental impact, in a complaint filed Monday with Brussels. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
UK asks regulators to assess Chinese nuclear reactor
Britain on Tuesday asked regulators to begin an assessment of a Chinese-designed nuclear reactor for a proposed plant in Bradwell, southeastern England. ... 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
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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
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


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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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Discovery to inspire more radiation-resistant metals
Metals exposed to radiation at high temperatures swell. That's a problem for the nuclear energy and aerospace industries. ... 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

Populus dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolites

Handheld Sensor Unit Determines Biofuel Content Of Diesel Blends

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

Report details how renewables can decarbonise the energy sector

Saudi to launch multi-billion renewable scheme: minister

Obama puts offshore North Carolina on wind energy map
Thousands of acres offshore North Carolina are set aside for potential wind energy in one of the final moves under the Obama presidency, the government said. "This is a significant milestone for North Carolina and our country as we continue to make progress on diversifying our nation's energy portfolio," Walter Cruickshank, the acting director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, s ... more
DONG Energy makes wind energy debut

DNV GL certifies new prototype of Siemens' 8 MW Offshore Wind Turbine

New York sets bar high for offshore wind

Australian energy group backs Li Ka-shing takeover
Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong Infrastructure on Monday moved a step closer to a more than Aus$7 billion (US$5.2 billion) takeover of Australian energy group Duet after a recommendation from the energy group's board. In December, the Hong Kong billionaire put in an unsolicited and conditional offer of $Aus3 per share for Duet. Following a review of the offer, the Duet board said it had agreed ... more
China to build $1.5 billion power line across Pakistan

MIT Energy Initiative report provides guidance for evolving electric power sector

Toward energy solutions for northern regions

Firms push hydrogen as top green energy source
Over a dozen leading European and Asian firms have teamed up to promote the use of hydrogen as a clean fuel and cut the production of harmful gasses that lead to global warming. Convened on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, the first Hydrogen Council brought together 13 firms, among them top carmakers BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota as well as leading industrial gas companie ... more
Self-assembling particles brighten future of LED lighting

Nanoscale view of energy storage

UK-Led Hydrogen Fuel Project Promises to Provide Ultra-Clean Air in China

Researchers develop environmentally friendly soy air filter
Washington State University researchers have developed a soy-based air filter that can capture toxic chemicals, such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde, which current air filters can't. The research could lead to better air purifiers, particularly in regions of the world that suffer from very poor air quality. The engineers have designed and tested the materials for the bio-based filter a ... more
Slovenian dogs sent 'crazy' by road salting mix-up

US contributes $500-million to UN Green Climate Fund

Air pollution and lack of physical activity pose competing threats to children in China

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North American rebound sends oil prices lower
An expected rebound in North American oil activity offset reported declines elsewhere to send crude oil prices sharply lower early Wednesday. Crude oil is in the middle of a week of high volatility, characterized by sharp declines after Saudi Arabia pulled in the reins on a multilateral production deal, only to be followed by sentiment that the same production deal was having the desire ... more
California gas leak site may reopen

Big oil, big auto tout hydrogen as next clean fuel choice

Fire reported at Nigerian oil pipeline

Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks
Scientists used NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in recent weeks to examine slabs of rock cross-hatched with shallow ridges that likely originated as cracks in drying mud. "Mud cracks are the most likely scenario here," said Curiosity science team member Nathan Stein. He is a graduate student at Caltech in Pasadena, California, who led the investigation of a site called "Old Soaker," on lower M ... more
Opportunity Continues Its Journey South Along Crater Rim

New Year yields interesting bright soil for Opportunity rover

HI-SEAS Mission V crew preparing to enter Mars simulation habitat

Drought may add famine to Somalia's humanitarian woes
A serious drought has left parts of Somalia at risk of famine and 320,000 children are already severely malnourished and in need of care, the UN humanitarian agency said Tuesday. "The level of humanitarian suffering in this country triggered by projected conflict, seasonal shocks and disease outbreaks are typically hard to bear, but the impact of this drought represents a threat of a differe ... more
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Scientists turn graphene into working OLED electrodes, a first
For the first time, scientists have fashioned working OLED electrodes out of graphene. The breakthrough could pave the way for a variety of smart material applications. Already, scientists have integrated the new OLEDs into touch-screen displays, like those used in smartphones. "This was a real breakthrough in research and integration of extremely demanding materials," lead resea ... more
Research shows driving factors behind changes between local and global carbon cycles

China's Decline in Coal Consumption Drives Global Slowdown in Emissions

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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

Russia test-fires Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile
Russia's military successfully test-fired a Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile, according to the country's defense ministry. The missile, one of Russia's first ICBMs developed after the fall of the Soviet Union, was fired from the Plesetsk spaceport and struck its target at a firing range in the Kamchatka Peninsula. Russian defense authorities say the test was conducted to confi ... more
Mogherini says EU to stand by Iran nuclear accord

Obama warns Trump not to jettison Iran nuclear deal

'No sense' in renegotiating nuclear deal: Iran president

Fears of mass killings as IS advances in Syria's Deir Ezzor
As the Islamic State group closes in on government-held areas of Syria's Deir Ezzor, residents said they are terrified of falling victim to the mass killings for which the jihadists have become infamous. Besieged by IS since early 2015, the regime-controlled third of Deir Ezzor city is home to an estimated 100,000 people. Since Saturday, IS has steadily advanced in a fresh assault on th ... more
IS lights smokescreen against regime raids in east Syria: monitor

Scramble to treat wounded after botched Nigeria air strike

IS gains ground near key eastern Syrian city: monitor

Discovery could lead to jet engines that run hotter - and cleaner
Researchers here have made a discovery in materials science that sounds like something from the old Saturday morning cartoon Super Friends: They've found a way to deactivate "nano twins" to improve the high-temperature properties of superalloys that are used in jet engines. The advance could speed the development of powerful and environmentally friendly turbine engines of all sorts, includ ... 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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Death toll in botched Nigeria air strike soars to 70
The death toll from a botched air strike on Boko Haram fighters in northeast Nigeria rose to 70 on Wednesday, as aid agencies indicated more people could die without urgent treatment. Nigeria called Tuesday's bombing of a camp for displaced people in Rann a mistake and blamed the "fog of war", sparking strong condemnation from aid agencies working in the crisis-hit region. The Internatio ... more
Fukushima 'voluntary' evacuees to lose housing support

Brazil calls up army to quell prison violence

Nepal sacks quake reconstruction chief

Robots need 'kill switches', warn Euro MPs
The unstoppable rise of robots in our everyday lives requires urgent EU rules such as "kill switches", European Parliament members warned Thursday as they passed a resolution urging Brussels into action on automaton ethics. Mady Delvaux, a Socialist MEP from Luxembourg, led the campaign and warned that Europe is passively standing by as robots take an increasingly powerful role that will gro ... more
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