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January 20, 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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Populus dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolites
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists as well as researchers in the fields of biofuels, materials science, and secondary plant metabolism. For nearly 10 years, researchers with DOE's BioEnergy Scie ... more
Handheld Sensor Unit Determines Biofuel Content Of Diesel Blends

Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production, increase profits

Iowa State engineer helps journal highlight how pyrolysis can advance the bioeconomy

Report details how renewables can decarbonise the energy sector
Falling costs, driven by innovation in technology and policy, is spurring renewable energy deployment and with it a myriad of socioeconomic benefits, according to the new comprehensive publication released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). REthinking Energy, now in its third edition, was released at IRENA's seventh Assembly, the Agency's ultimate decision-making authority. ... more
Astronergy receives licence to import 100 MW of solar modules to Turkey

Rooftop Solar in the Spotlight at the World Future Energy Summit Solar Expo

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

DONG Energy makes wind energy debut

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

NREL pioneers better way to make renewable hydrogen
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a method which boosts the longevity of high-efficiency photocathodes in photoelectrochemical water-splitting devices. Using a photoelectrochemical (PEC) device is a promising way to produce hydrogen. A PEC cell absorbs sunlight and converts that energy into hydrogen and oxygen by splitting w ... more
New study will help find the best locations for thermal power stations in Iceland

Faster recharging batteries possible after new insights

Firms push hydrogen as top green energy source

Air pollution and lack of physical activity pose competing threats to children in China
Children and adolescents in mainland China are facing two serious and conflicting public health threats: ongoing exposure to air pollution and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle with little regular physical activity outside school. Health workers and policymakers need to find ways to address both of these issues so that children can be more physically active without suffering the health r ... more
China tells local meteorological bureaus to stop smog alerts

Trump could enact sweeping changes to environment policy

Researchers develop environmentally friendly soy air filter

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Tight market signs give boost to oil prices
Crude oil prices recovered some lost ground in early Thursday trading after the International Energy Agency found signs of market tightening. Crude oil prices have moved in wide swings this week as metrics and sentiments emerged on how well members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries were coordinating on a production agreement meant to offset the glut of oil that dinged ... more
IEA: U.S. shale oil 'leaner and fitter'

Saudi economic agenda tied to human rights

Russia's Gazprom shows gains on stronger European sales

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

Earth breaks heat record in 2016 for third year in a row
Last year, the Earth sweltered under the hottest temperatures in modern times for the third year in a row, US scientists said Wednesday, raising new concerns about the quickening pace of climate change. Temperatures spiked to new national highs in parts of India, Kuwait and Iran, while sea ice melted faster than ever in the fragile Arctic, said the report by the National Oceanic and Atmosphe ... more
Nothing to eat but cactus in Madagascar's hunger capital

Climate science bedeviled by 'tipping points'

Trump environment pick admits to human impact on climate change

Research shows driving factors behind changes between local and global carbon cycles
Pioneering new research has provided a fascinating new insight in the quest to determine whether temperature or water availability is the most influential factor in determining the success of global, land-based carbon sinks. The research, carried out by an international team of climate scientists including Professors Pierre Friedlingstein and Stephen Sitch from the University of Exeter, ha ... more
Scientists turn graphene into working OLED electrodes, a first

Graphene's sleeping superconductivity awakens

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

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U.S. Navy's ALMDS reaches initial operating capability
Northrop Grumman's AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System has achieved initial operational capability with the U.S. Navy. The Airborne Laser Mine Detection System, or ALMDS, is a sensor pod manufactured by Northrop Grumman to improve mine detection capabilities for naval platforms. Company officials say the delivery of the system will make Navy personnel safer during deployment. ... more
India launches second Scorpene-class submarine

Ingalls Shipbuilding contracted for Coast Guard cutter

Pentagon approves potential $126 billion submarine project

Mogherini says EU to stand by Iran nuclear accord
EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini on Monday insisted the bloc will stand by the Iran nuclear accord, bluntly condemned by US President-elect Donald Trump, because it serves Europe's security needs. "It is proof that diplomacy works and delivers... The European Union will continue to work for the respect and implementation of this extremely important deal, most of all for our securit ... more
Trump to take charge of nuclear 'football'

N. Korea preparing to launch new missiles: report

Obama warns Trump not to jettison Iran nuclear deal

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
US envoy to anti-IS coalition to stay on, IS loses ground, Libya air strikes kill dozens

IS lights smokescreen against regime raids in east Syria: monitor

Scramble to treat wounded after botched Nigeria air strike

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
Taiwan begins F-16 upgrade program

Mystery remains as MH370 search called off

Australia defends end of MH370 search, future hunt not ruled out

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Nigeria plans inquiry into botched air strike
Nigeria on Thursday gave details of a formal probe into a botched air strike that killed at least 70 people, as aid workers feared the bloodshed could affect vital humanitarian programmes. More than 100 people, many of them children, were injured in the bombing at a camp for people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Rann, in the country's northeast, on Tuesday. Six local Red Cross ... more
Death toll in botched Nigeria air strike soars to 70

Fukushima 'voluntary' evacuees to lose housing support

BHP, Vale agree date to settle Brazil mine disaster claim

For white-collar staff, AI threatens new workplace revolution
If your job involves inputting reams of data for a company, you might want to think about retraining in a more specialised field. Or as a plumber. After industrial robots and international trade put paid to many manufacturing jobs in the West, millions of white-collar workers could now be under threat from new technology such as artificial intelligence (AI). The issue of how best to fa ... more
Scientists proposed a novel regional path tracking scheme for autonomous ground vehicles

Cheery robots may make creepy companions, but could be intelligent assistants

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