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January 26, 2017
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France takes key step towards closing ageing nuclear plant



Paris (AFP) Jan 24, 2017
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. The board of state-owned electricity utility EDF approved a compensation package worth at least 400 million euros ($430 million) for the shutdown of the Fessenheim nuclear plant, a source close to the matter said. EDF, which is 85.6 percent owned by the state, agreed the plan with the French government last Aug ... read more

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Georges Besse II plant reaches full enrichment capacity
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 a ... 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

UNIST researchers get green light to commercialize metal-air batteries
A team of researchers, affiliated with UNIST has recently announced that they have successfully developed a new way to increase energy efficiency of metal-air batteries which are next-generation energy devices by using a conducting polymer. This breakthrough research, led by Professor Hyun-Kon Song and Professor Guntae Kim of Energy and Chemical Engineering is appeared in the January issue ... more
Electrocatalysis can advance green transition

Samsung blames Galaxy Note 7 fires on faulty batteriesW/LLL

Harnessing the energy of fireworks for fuel

Cookware made with scrap metal contaminates food
Aluminum cookware made from scrap metal in countries around the world poses a serious and previously unrecognized health risk to millions of people according to a new study. The highest levels were found in cookware from Vietnam including one pot that released 2,800 times more lead than California's Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) of 0.5 micrograms per day. Researchers at Ashland Unive ... more
Research targets cookstove pollution using supercomputers and NASA satellites

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
Climate change to shift global pattern of mild weather

Researchers report new understanding of global warming

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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

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

French schools join Australia's Future Submarine program

U.S. Navy's ALMDS reaches initial operating capability

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
Israel nuclear whistle-blower convicted over release terms

Days of N. Korea's Kim are numbered: defector

China must expand nuclear arsenal in response to Trump

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

State Dept. approves $525 million aerostat sale to Saudi Arabia
The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of Persistent Threat Detection System Aerostats to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The proposed sale under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program carries an estimated value of $525 million. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which manages the FMS program, said in its notification to Congress that Saudi Arabia's pro ... more
Kazakhstan orders Russian Mi-35M helicopters

U.S. Air Force upgrades 45th KC-135 tanker aircraft

Nigerian air force, Comp Air Aviation to develop light utility aircraft

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Italy avalanche toll at 15 as helicopter crash adds to pain
The death toll from an avalanche that swamped an Italian mountain hotel rose to 15 Tuesday, with 14 still missing, as a nearby helicopter crash left six people dead and dealt another blow to a region reeling from earthquakes and the heaviest snowfall in decades. The emergency response helicopter came down in thick fog near Campo Felice, a popular ski resort 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of ... more
BHP, Vale agree date to settle Brazil mine disaster claim

Archaeologists shed new light on collapse of Mayan civilization

Lice, lung troubles plague migrants in freezing Serbia

Researches replicate ocean life with swarm of underwater robots
Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography wanted to know what life is like for plankton. To find out, they built a fleet of mini underwater robots designed to mimic plankton existence. For now, there are 16 of the miniature autonomous underwater explorers, or M-AUEs, but someday scientists could deploy thousand of the devices. Each robot is roughly the size of a grapefruit and i ... more
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