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September 13, 2017
WIND DAILY
UK wind electricity cheaper than nuclear: data



London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
The price of electricity from offshore wind in Britain has dipped below the level guaranteed to Hinkley Point, raising questions about the construction of the vast nuclear power station. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy disclosed Monday the results of auctions for state subsidies for three new wind offshore farms. Denmark's DONG Energy won the auction to build Hornsea Two, which will become the world's biggest offshore wind farm off the coast of Yorkshire in northern E ... read more

CIVIL NUCLEAR
PM opens country's fifth nuclear power plant
Islamabad (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday inaugurated the country's fifth nuclear power plant, developed in collaboration with China amid hopes that his government could end chronic power shortages this year. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Jacobs JV wins support contract for nuclear research center
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
A Jacobs Engineering Group joint venture is providing support and test services to the U.S Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
China and Brazil sign agreements on nuclear power
Beijing (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
China and Brazil signed 14 cooperative agreements on Friday, including on football and nuclear and hydro power, as embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer seeks to revive Latin America's largest economy. ... more
NUKEWARS
Taiwanese-American jailed for aiding Chinese nuclear program
Washington (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
A US court on Thursday sentenced an American citizen to two years in prison for conspiring in the unlawful development of nuclear power technology in China, the Justice Department announced. ... more
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CIVIL NUCLEAR
Kazakhstan inaugurates IAEA-backed nuclear fuel bank
Astana, Kazakhstan (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Kazakhstan inaugurated Tuesday a new internationally-controlled uranium fuel bank seen as potentially important in curbing nuclear proliferation and reducing regional security tensions. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
2018 start for Russia-backed nuclear plant work:
Budapest (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Work on the Russian-financed expansion of a Hungarian nuclear plant will begin in January, Hungary's foreign minister said Monday after talks in Budapest between Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Russian President Vladimir Putin. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Fukushima operator faces $5 bn US suit over 2011 disaster
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 24, 2017
Tokyo Electric Power Co Holdings said Thursday it faces another US lawsuit over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, with the latest one demanding at least $5 billion in compensation. ... more
TECH SPACE
NASA protects its super heroes from space weather
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
It's not a bird or a plane but it might be a solar storm. We like to think of astronauts as our super heroes, but the reality is astronauts are not built like Superman who gains strength from the su ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Fukushima reactor 'ice wall' nearly finished
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 22, 2017
Fukushima's operator on Tuesday started freezing the last section of a $320 million ice wall designed to combat widespread water contamination at the site of the worst nuclear accident in a generation. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
129I waste used to track ocean currents for 15,000 km after discharge from nuclear plants
Paris, France (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Radioactive 129I has travelled the equivalent of a third of the way round the globe, since being released from nuclear fuel reprocessing plants in the UK and France. The iodine's 15,000 km journey b ... more


UAE nuclear programme edges toward 2018 launch

CIVIL NUCLEAR
Analysis highlights failings in US's advanced nuclear program
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Despite repeated promises over the past 18 years, the US Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) is unlikely to deliver on its mission to develop and demonstrate an advanced nuclear reactor by the mid-21st ce ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Clashes at anti-nuclear demo in France
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
Police used water cannon and fired tear gas and stun grenades Tuesday as they battled with demonstrators protesting at plans to store nuclear waste at an underground site in northeastern France. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
RWE optimistic for 2017, boosted by nuclear tax refund
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
German energy giant RWE said Monday it is on track to hit the upper targets of its 2017 forecast after a huge nuclear tax refund powered a strong second quarter performance. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
The Roadmap for Increased Safety and Viability of Nuclear Power Plants
New York, NY (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
SCHOTT, an expert provider of glass-to-metal electrical penetration assemblies to the nuclear power industry, has welcomed a report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) highligh ... more



Scientists make methanol using air around us
Cardiff UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Scientists at Cardiff University have created methanol from methane using oxygen from the air. Methanol is currently produced by breaking down natural gas at high temperatures into hydrogen gas and carbon monoxide before reassembling them - expensive and energy-intensive processes known as 'steam reforming' and 'methanol synthesis.' But researchers at Cardiff Catalysis Institute have ... more
Urbana IL (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Could switchgrass help China's air quality?
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Reusable ruthenium-based catalyst could be a game-changer for the biomass industry
Ames IA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Center for Biorenewable Chemicals introduces idea for new molecules,
Defects in next-generation solar cells can be healed with light
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Researchers have shown that defects in the molecular structure of perovskites - a material which could revolutionise the solar cell industry - can be "healed" by exposing it to light and just the right amount of humidity. The international team of researchers demonstrated in 2016 that defects in the crystalline structure of perovskites could be healed by exposing them to light, but the effects w ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Engineers develop tools to share power from renewable energy sources during outages
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
New records for the solar cell of tomorrow
Golden CO (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
NREL, Swiss scientists power past solar efficiency records
Light-based method makes remote wind measurements easier and more accurate
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Researchers have developed a new remote sensing instrument based on light detection and ranging (LIDAR) that could offer a simple and robust way to accurately measure wind speed. The detailed, real-time wind measurements could help scientists to better understand how hurricanes form and provide information that meteorologists can use to pinpoint landfall earlier, giving people more time to prepa ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Light-Based Method Improves Practicality and Quality of Remote Wind Measurements
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Texas makes wind energy strides
London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
UK wind electricity cheaper than nuclear: data
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
The power it takes to bring a Boeing 747 from a resting state on the airport tarmac to speeding across the sky is enormous. The jet can continue in its active state for as long as its fuel lasts. A Frisbee, in contrast, takes far less energy to go airborne, but with no energy supply, it falls almost immediately. The same principle can be extended to the traditional power system and decentr ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
Beijing (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
China merges energy giants into global leader
Miami (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Power demand to peak in Europe summers, not winters: study
Researchers devise a new way of producing hydrogen fuel
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
A U.S.-based team of researchers featuring MIPT scientists has assembled a nanoscale biological structure capable of producing hydrogen from water using light. They inserted a photosensitive protein into nanodiscs - circular fragments of cell membrane composed of a lipid bilayer - and enhanced the resultant structure with particles of titanium dioxide, a photocatalyst. The research findings were ... more
Cambridge UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Why US battery startups fail and how to fix it
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Researchers develop new material for hydrogen storage
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Scientists unveil explosion-free lithium-ion batteries
UN slams UK government over 'plague' of air pollution
London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
A UN report has slammed the UK for failing to tackle the "plague" of air pollution, while also warning of Brexit risks, ahead of the body's Human Rights Council opening Monday. "Air pollution continues to plague the United Kingdom," read the report by United Nations expert Baskut Tuncak, to be presented at the rights council in Geneva which runs until September 29. More than 40,000 prema ... more
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Colombo (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Sri Lanka bans plastic after garbage crisis
Brasília (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Brazil government freezes Amazon mining plans
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Despite storms, U.S. gas prices more or less steady
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
While regional volatility is extreme, gas prices at the national level are more or less steady despite the impact of severe U.S. weather, market analysis found. Motor club AAA reports a national average retail price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline at $2.66 for Tuesday, a fraction of a percent lower than Monday, but about 2 cents higher than last week. All things considered, AA ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
Global tensions, U.S. storms and economy lift oil, Kuwaiti bank says
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
No need for Enbridge pipeline overhaul, Minnesota department finds
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
Royal Dutch sees Brazilian counterpart as natural partner
45 Kilometers on the Odometry for Opportunity
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2017
Opportunity is continuing the winter exploration of "Perseverance Valley" on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. Winter is constraining the available energy, so the project has the rover doing "hops" (drives) from one energy-favorable "lily pad" to the next. (These lily pads are locations where the terrain is tilted sufficiently to the north to maximize the Sun illumination on the rover's so ... more
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Discovery of boron on Mars adds to evidence for habitability
Paris (ESA) Sep 12, 2017
New tools for exploring the surface of Mars
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 05, 2017
Life on Mars: Let's Try Oman Desert First for Space Mission
Warmer world may bring more local, less global, temperature variability
Durham NC (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Many tropical or subtropical regions could see sharp increases in natural temperature variability as Earth's climate warms over coming decades, a new Duke University-led study suggests. These local changes could occur even though Earth's global mean surface air temperature (GMST) is likely to become less variable, the study shows. "This new finding runs counter to the popular notion ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
Series of potent hurricanes stokes scientific debate
Paris (ESA) Sep 07, 2017
Italy's drought seen from space
Austin TX (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Periodic table of ecological niches could aid in predicting effects of climate change
Flourine lends white graphene new qualities
Washington (UPI) Jul 14, 2017
With just a bit of fluorine, white graphene becomes a wide-bandgap semiconductor with magnetic properties. The new material could be used in electronics designed to perform under extreme conditions. White graphene is a two-dimensional atomic sheet of hexagonal boron nitride. Its hexagonal structure is similar to that of regular graphene, but the atomic layer is made up of boron nitride, ... more
Ames IA (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Ames Laboratory scientists move graphene closer to transistor applications
Raleigh NC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Researchers set new bar for water-splitting, CO2-splitting techniques
Storrs CT (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
UConn chemist synthesizes pure graphene
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Britain plans a new class of Navy frigate
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Britain's Ministry of Defense and Royal Navy has launched plans to obtain a new frigate to replace Type 23 frigates now in service. The project was announced Thursday by Minister for Defense Procurement Harriett Baldwin and came on the heels of the ministry's announcement of a new shipbuilding strategy. "A day after we launched the National Shipbuilding Strategy, we are taking ou ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Navy leaders testify before Congress on McCain, Fitzgerald collisions
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Navy to issue order for heavy lift of the USS John S. McCain
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
NRL-developed Topcoat Applied on Entire Freeboard of Navy Ship
EU seeks to ramp up N.Korea sanctions pressure
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
The European Union will enforce new UN sanctions over North Korea's nuclear programme while pressing ahead with work on fresh measures of its own, the bloc's diplomatic chief said Tuesday. The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously backed new sanctions against Kim Jong-Un's regime, including restrictions on shipments of oil products, drawing an angry response from Pyongyang. The move ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
North Korea says will make US suffer over 'vicious' UN sanctions
Buenos Aires (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Cancel Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu says in Argentina
Seoul (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
N. Korea vows to boost weapons programmes after sanctions
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Moscow on Monday said it was struggling to confirm if the leader of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead or alive, a month after reporting his possible demise. The Russian army said in June that it was trying to verify information that its jets killed Baghdadi during a bombing raid near the IS stronghold of Raqa in Syria. But over a month after the announcement Kremlin s ... more
Moscow (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Russia claims killing of IS 'minister of war' in Syria
Damascus (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Israel hits Syria site reportedly used for chemical weapons
Brussels (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
EU warns of 'real risk' of new funds for terror attacks
Typhoon offered as F-16 replacement for Belgium
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2017
Britain is offering the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft to Belgium as a possible replacement for the F-16s now flown by the Belgian Air Force. The offer - made on behalf of itself and the governments of Germany, Italy and Spain - was tendered in response to a replacement request from Brussels. "I commend Belgium for what is a comprehensive and well-executed competitive process," s ... more
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Air Traffic "Win-Win" Wins NASA Software of the Year
Beijing (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Boeing tips China to need $1.1 tn new planes over next 20 years
El Calafate, Argentina (SPX) Sep 05, 2017
Airbus Perlan Mission II Soars Into History, Sets New World Record for Glider Altitude
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Global split over Rohingya crisis as China backs Myanmar crackdown
Cox'S Bazar, Bangladesh (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
International divisions emerged on Tuesday ahead of a UN Security Council meeting on a worsening refugee crisis in Myanmar, with China voicing support for a military crackdown that has been criticised by the US, slammed as "ethnic cleansing" and forced 370,000 Rohingya to flee the violence. Beijing's intervention appears aimed at heading off any attempt to censure Myanmar at the council when ... more
Geneva (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Thousands need shelter, healthcare in Caribbean after Irma: UN
Washington (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
US environmental regulators probe Arkema after explosions
Naples, United States (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Hurricane Irma exacts heavy toll on Florida's mobile homes
New Japanese sniffs out smelly feet
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Do your feet smell bad? Just a little or absolutely awful? If you don't dare to ask a friend, one Japanese start-up might have the answer with a new robot dog that will sniff your feet and give you a pitilessly honest verdict - even fainting if the stink is especially strong. Malodorous feet can be socially awkward in Japan where shoes are removed at the entrance to every home. Han ... more
Palo Alto, CA (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
NASA awards SSL new funding for Dragonfly on-orbit assembly program
Beijing (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Chinese robotics artist makes real-life 'Transformers'
Berlin (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Voice assistants promise a light-fingered future


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