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January 25, 2017
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Georges Besse II plant reaches full enrichment capacity



Tricastin, France (SPX) Jan 20, 2017
The AREVA Georges Besse II enrichment plant successfully reached its full production capacity of 7.5 million SWUs1 in 2016, on schedule as planned. The plant has gradually been able to ramp up its activity thanks to the modularity of its production process. The most recent qualification tests carried out have confirmed the performance capabilities of the plant's equipment with its industrial facilities showing rates of efficiency in excess of 99%. The Georges Besse II plant is located on the ... read more

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France takes key step towards closing ageing nuclear plant
France on Tuesday took a key step towards shutting down its oldest nuclear power station, a campaign promise of Socialist President Francois Hollande, just months before he leaves office. ... more
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Treated carbon pulls radioactive elements from water
Researchers at Rice University and Kazan Federal University in Russia have found a way to extract radioactivity from water and said their discovery could help purify the hundreds of millions of gall ... more
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AREVA to supply refueling equipment upgrades to TVA reactors
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 refueli ... more
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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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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

Scientists lay foundations for new type of solar cell
An interdisciplinary team of researchers has laid the foundations for an entirely new type of photovoltaic cell. In this new method, infrared radiation is converted into electrical energy using a different mechanism from that found in conventional solar cells. The mechanism behind the new solid-state solar cell made of the mineral perovskite relies on so-called polaron excitations, which combine ... more
Asia Pacific to gain edge in low-carbon growth

A big nano boost for solar cells

Xinhua: U.S. wasting opportunity in clean energy

Renewables a big boost for GE's profits
Gains in the renewable energy sector and deals in exploration and production helped boost fourth quarter profits substantially, General Electric said Friday. GE said its earnings during the fourth quarter increased to about $3.5 billion, against the $2.6 billion reported during the same period last year. By sector, the company's renewable energy sector saw total revenues increase 29 per ... more
Essen, Germany wins greenest city honors

Obama puts offshore North Carolina on wind energy map

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

Europe to take up climate investment mantle
European lenders will be among the world leaders in supporting efforts to address the impact of climate change in an era of naysayers, the EIB president said. The World Meteorological Organization reported last week that global average temperatures in 2016 hit records highs for the third consecutive year. Werner Hoyer, the president of the European Investment Bank, told delegates in Bru ... more
China energy firm expands in crisis-hit Brazil

Australian energy group backs Li Ka-shing takeover

China to build $1.5 billion power line across Pakistan

New design strategy for longer lasting batteries
It's always exciting to bring home a new smartphone that seems to do anything, but it can be all downhill from there. With every charge and discharge cycle, the device's battery capacity lowers a little bit more - eventually rendering the device completely useless. "Why does this degradation occur? In some cases, we know; in other cases, we don't," said Northwestern Engineering's Christoph ... more
Physicist uncovers clues to mechanism behind magnetic reconnection

Electrocatalysis can advance green transition

UNIST researchers get green light to commercialize metal-air batteries

Advanced cookstoves provide environmental benefits, but less than expected
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine have found that while advanced wood-burning cookstoves can provide benefits to the environment and climate, these benefits are less than expected due to higher emissions measured in the field compared to laboratory settings. The study, conducted in rural Malawi, found that pollutant emissions from thes ... more
Cookware made with scrap metal contaminates food

Indonesian province declares alert as haze fears grow

Europe chokes under freezing smog

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Former Sinopec president gets 15 years for graft
China sentenced a former president of state-run energy giant Sinopec to 15 and a half years for corruption Tuesday, official media said, the latest punishment meted out to a prominent figure in the graft-riddled oil sector. Wang Tianpu, the former general manager of China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Group), was also fined 3.2 million yuan ($470,000), the official Xinhua news ... more
Oil prices retrace steps as market fluidity continues

NATO seeks closer ties with Gulf, opens new centre

Genel Energy looking for strong year in Kurdish Iraq

Long Eclipse Avoidance Manoeuvres Performed Successfully on MOM Spacecraft
An orbital manoeuvres was performed on Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft to avoid the impending long eclipse duration for the satellite. The duration of the eclipse would have been as long as 8 hours in the coming days. As the satellite battery is designed to handle an eclipse duration of only about 1 Hour 40 minutes, a longer eclipse would have drained the battery beyond the safe limi ... more
Bursts of methane may have warmed early Mars

Microbes could survive thin air of Mars

Mars rover Opportunity takes a drive up a steep slope

Green Sahara's ancient rainfall regime revealed
Rainfall patterns in the Sahara during the 6,000-year "Green Sahara" period have been pinpointed by analyzing marine sediments, according to new research. What is now the Sahara Desert was the home to hunter-gatherers who made their living off the animals and plants that lived in the region's savannahs and wooded grasslands 5,000 to 11,000 years ago. "It was 10 times as wet as today, ... more
Al Gore beats the climate drum as Trump takes office

Climate science bedeviled by 'tipping points'

UK experts warn of Trump climate science clampdown

Graphene's sleeping superconductivity awakens
Researchers have found a way to trigger the innate, but previously hidden, ability of graphene to act as a superconductor - meaning that it can be made to carry an electrical current with zero resistance. The finding, reported in Nature Communications, further enhances the potential of graphene, which is already widely seen as a material that could revolutionise industries such as healthca ... more
Scientists turn graphene into working OLED electrodes, a first

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

Research shows driving factors behind changes between local and global carbon cycles

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Huntington Ingalls uses superlift to construct Ford-class carrier
Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is using a unique superlift to construct the U.S. Navy's second Ford-class aircraft carrier. The aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy, designated CVN 79 by the Navy, has been under construction since August 2015. HII officials say they are applying lessons learned from constructing the first vessel of the Ford class, th ... more
French schools join Australia's Future Submarine program

BAE Systems to perform depot maintenance for USS Roosevelt

U.S. Navy expecting USS Gerald R. Ford delivery in April

UK minister defends 'failed' Trident missile test
Britain hit back on Monday against reports of a failed test of its nuclear weapons deterrent last year when an unarmed missile reportedly misfired, possibly in the direction of the United States. "Contrary to reports in the weekend press, HMS Vengeance and her crew were successfully tested," Defence Minister Michael Fallon told lawmakers, responding to the Sunday Times article. "We do no ... more
Trump to take charge of nuclear 'football'

N. Korea preparing to launch new missiles: report

Israel nuclear whistle-blower convicted over release terms

Militants still holding 25 hostages in Philippines: defence chief
The Philippine defence chief said Monday that 25 hostages are still being held by Islamic militants in the southern Philippines but urged that no ransom be paid for their release. Delfin Lorenzana also told a security forum in Singapore that President Rodrigo Duterte has been under pressure to declare martial law in at least three southern islands where jihadists operate, but he did not thin ... more
Fears of mass killings as IS advances in Syria's Deir Ezzor

Scramble to treat wounded after botched Nigeria air strike

Lebanon foils bomber in busy Beirut district: security sources

Northrop Grumman, Lufthansa partner for Australian tanker support
Northrop Grumman and Lufthansa Technik have signed a pact to cooperate on the Royal Australian Air Force's KC-30A tanker Through-Life Support program. Under the program, both defense contractors will provide the Australian armed forces with a larger access to a global inventory network, landing gear services, and aim to reduce repair times. Northrop Grumman officials say the deal provid ... more
State Dept. approves $525 million aerostat sale to Saudi Arabia

Safran to buy Zodiac Aerospace for $9 billion

BAE Systems providing digital head-up display for F-22

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Rescuers seek trapped miners in Peru
Rescuers in Peru were working Friday to save seven miners trapped for nearly four days by a landslide, the emergency services said. An avalanche of mud and rocks driven by heavy rain trapped the men on Monday in the mine where they were working in the southern Acari district. "Rescue work is continuing," Jacqueline Choque, head of emergency operations for the surrounding Arequipa region, ... more
Nigeria botched air strike may have killed up to 236 people

Archaeologists shed new light on collapse of Mayan civilization

Italy avalanche toll at 15 as helicopter crash adds to pain

Making AI systems that see the world as humans do
A Northwestern University team developed a new computational model that performs at human levels on a standard intelligence test. This work is an important step toward making artificial intelligence systems that see and understand the world as humans do. "The model performs in the 75th percentile for American adults, making it better than average," said Northwestern Engineering's Ken Forbu ... more
NASA develops AI for future exploration of extraterrestrial subsurface oceans

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