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January 30, 2017
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Russia 'ready' to entirely fund Hungary nuclear plant



Budapest (AFP) Feb 2, 2017
/> Russia is "ready" to finance in full the expansion of Hungary's only nuclear plant, Russian president Vladimir Putin said Thursday in Budapest. The original agreement signed between Hungary and Russia's Rosatom in 2014 involved an 80-percent loan of 10-billion-euro ($11-billion) from Moscow. "We are ready to finance 100 percent," Putin told a joint press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in the Hungarian parliament. The project, still under scrutiny by Brussels, wo ... read more

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Toshiba to stop building new nuclear plants: report
Japan's Toshiba is set to dramatically reduce its nuclear operations and stop building new atomic power plants after suffering billion of dollars of losses on US projects, a report said. ... more
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Canada uranium supplier, Fukushima operator in contract fight
Canadian uranium supplier Cameco's share price fell more than 12 percent in New York on Wednesday after the operator of the Fukushima plant in Japan canceled a Can$1.3 billion (US$1 billion) fuel supply contract. ... more
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International partnerships vital for UK nuclear energy
The UK must ensure that any actions taken regarding its membership of the Euratom treaty as part of the Brexit process includes a smooth transition for its current nuclear industry and allows the UK ... more
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100 percent renewable energy sources require overcapacity
Germany decided to go nuclear-free by 2022. A CO2-emission-free electricity supply system based on intermittent sources, such as wind and solar - or photovoltaic (PV) - power could replace nuclear p ... more
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New technique could lead to safer, more efficient uranium extraction
The separation of uranium, a key part of the nuclear fuel cycle, could potentially be done more safely and efficiently through a new technique developed by chemistry researchers at Oregon State Univ ... 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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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


UK asks regulators to assess Chinese nuclear reactor

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
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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
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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DuPont Industrial Biosciences to develop new high-efficiency biogas enzyme method

Cathay Pacific to cut emissions with switch to biofuel

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Eltek to provide solar energy for hospitals in Zimbabwe under UNDP programme
Eltek has announced a contract with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide complete photovoltaic solar solutions for 104 hospitals in Zimbabwe. Eltek will provide full delivery, installation, service and monitoring of the solar systems which use Eltek's breakthrough Rectiverter technology as a key component. The Rectiverter combines the functions of a rectifier and an inver ... more
Saudi Arabia takes low-carbon energy approach

NRDC: States should lead low-carbon economy

Storing solar power increases energy consumption and emissions

Prysmian UK to supply land cable connections for East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm
Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has secured a Pounds 27 million contract with East Anglia One Limited to supply and install the land cable connection for the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm. Comprising of 102 turbines, the Pounds 2.5 billion wind farm will generate sufficient electricity to power 500,000 homes. The contract involves the ... more
Russia's nuclear giant pushes into wind energy

The power of wind energy and how to use it

Largest US offshore wind farm gets green light

Action is needed to make stagnant CO2 emissions fall
Without a significant effort to reduce greenhouse gases, including an accelerated deployment of technologies for capturing atmospheric carbon and storing it underground, and sustained growth in renewables such as wind and solar, the world could miss a key global temperature target set by the Paris Agreement and the long-term goal of net-zero climate pollution. The finding, published in the ... more
Nordic countries are bringing about an energy transition worth copying

Iraq inks billion-dollar power plant deal with GE

China energy firm expands in crisis-hit Brazil

Scientists take the first step toward creating efficient electrolyte-free batteries
Scientists of Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) in collaboration with the French, Swiss and Polish researchers have found unique atomic-scale processes in crystal lattice of antiferroelectric lead zirconate during synchrotron x-ray scattering experiment. The discovery is the first step toward creating efficient electrolyte-free accumulators of electric energy. ... more
GM, Honda annouce fuel cell venture in Michigan

Researchers flip script for Li-Ion electrolytes to simulate better batteries

Former OPEC member Indonesia makes geothermal move

Philippines closes 23 mines over damage to environment
/> The Philippines on Thursday ordered the closure or suspension of more than two dozen mines after a government investigation found they had illegally cut down trees and polluted rivers. Most of the mines targeted by the order produce nickel and account for half of the Philippines' world-beating exports of the raw material used to make steel. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, a staun ... more
Increasing factory and auto emissions disrupt natural cycle in East China Sea

Toxic mercury in aquatic life could spike with greater land runoff

Synthetic chemicals: Ignored agents of global change

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Russia could move quicker on oil production declines
Russia could move quicker than expected on trimming oil production under the terms of an OPEC-led agreement, the country's energy minister said Thursday. Russia joined other oil producers in an effort from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to pull markets back into balance after a glut brought crude oil prices to historic lows in early 2016. OPEC agreed to cut a collecti ... more
Early rally in oil fizzles on Libyan rebound

Average U.S. gas prices decline for 21 consecutive days

Kuwaitis seek roots in upmarket tents under the stars

Meteorite reveals 2 billion years of volcanic activity on Mars
Mars may be home to some of the oldest volcanoes in the solar system. New evidence suggests the Red Planet has been home to volcanic activity for at least 2 billion years. The evidence is a small Martian meteorite discovered in Africa in 2012. The rock was named Northwest Africa 7635. Scientists has studied many Martian meteorites over the years. Most arrived on Earth's surface r ... more
Opportunity marks 13 years of ground operations on Mars

Similar-Looking Ridges on Mars Have Diverse Origins

Commercial Crew's Role in Path to Mars

Role of biosphere counteracting climate change may be underestimated
New research suggests that the capacity of the terrestrial biosphere to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) may have been underestimated in past calculations due to certain land-use changes not being fully taken into account. It is widely known that the terrestrial biosphere (the collective term for all the world's land vegetation, soil, etc.) is an important factor in mitigating climate change, a ... more
EU ahead of the curve on climate fight

Land-use change possibly produces more carbon dioxide than assumed so far

17 million face hunger in Horn of Africa due to drought

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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German navy set for additional corvettes
The German navy is to procure additional K130-class corvettes, which it has used on missions in the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean and the Horn of Africa. The need for the corvettes was underlined by German navy Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Andreas Krause at a navy meeting earlier this month. "These ships will not just reinforce the emergency missions that the German Navy was assig ... more
France orders another B2M support ship

HII to perform additional fabrication for third Ford-class carrier

General Electric to remanufacture F110 engines

US, S. Korea to 'strengthen' defenses against N. Korea
US President Donald Trump and South Korea's Acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn vowed Sunday to "strengthen" their joint defense capabilities against the belligerent North, the White House said. "President Trump reiterated our ironclad commitment to defend the ROK, including through the provision of extended deterrence, using the full range of military capabilities," the White House said in a sta ... more
S. Korea 'suspends visas' for Chinese teachers

Iran rejects Trump missile warning as relations sour

Trump on Iran: 'Nothing is off the table'

Pentagon report says intel not falsified in anti-IS fight
Leaders at the US military's Central Command did not falsify intelligence relating to the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, a Pentagon report said Wednesday. Intelligence analysts in 2015 had complained that senior military officials altered assessments so as to downplay the strength of IS, and an interim congressional report released last year found frequent attempts ... more
Trump gives generals 30 days for new anti-IS strategy

Militants still holding 25 hostages in Philippines: defence chief

Fears of mass killings as IS advances in Syria's Deir Ezzor

Pentagon chief orders review of F-35 fighter program
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has ordered a review of the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter program after President Donald Trump assailed its $400 billion price tag, the Pentagon announced Friday. At the same time, Mattis ordered a similar review of the $4 billion cost for developing a new aircraft for the US president, Air Force One, the ultra-high-tech and secure 747 built by Boe ... more
Lockheed completes inlet coating repair on F-22

Advanced robotic bat's flight characteristics simulates the real thing

State Dept. approves $525 million aerostat sale to Saudi Arabia

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Leidos receives CBRNE simulation task order
Leidos has received a task order to provide modeling and simulation support for the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Under the contract, which contains two options with the potential to raise its value to $17 million, the company will provide simulation services for assessing chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats, or CBRNE. The task order was awar ... more
Hollande urges Trump to 'respect' principle of accepting refugees

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Apple joins group devoted to keeping AI nice
A technology industry alliance devoted to making sure smart machines don't turn against humanity said Friday that Apple has signed on and will have a seat on the board. Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Facebook, IBM, and Google-owned British AI firm DeepMind last year established the non-profit organization, called "Partnership on AI," which will have its inaugural board meeting in San Francisco o ... more
New wave of robots set to deliver the goods

MIT's wearable AI system can detect a conversation's tone

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