- Russia’s Nuclear Program is Building Steam
- Atomstroyexport Wins Belene Bid
to Consolidate Nuclear Businesses Russia
- Six More
MideastNations to Build Nuclear Plants
- Australia’s PM Howard Pro-Nuclear Remarks
- OPAL Reactor Reaches Full Power
Begins Reactor Fuel Reprocessing Japan
There’s a lot going on that demonstrates how serious
Bulgaria has four pressurized water reactors operating at the Kozloduy station that together provide more than 40% of their nation’s electricity, plus enough left over for export to neighboring states. Units 3 and 4 are VVER-230’s, and units 5 and 6 are VVER-1000 ver. 320 reactors.
Construction began on a coal fired plant earlier this year that will be on line in 2009. So much for the EU’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions! They’re mandating the shutdown of two nuclear plants and replacing the power they generate with coal! Where’s Greenpeace now?!
Now back to the Belene project – by the way, the new plants are worth about $5.1 billion USD to Atomstroyexport!
Construction was started on two nuclear plants at the Belene site in the 1980’s but was stopped in 1992 because of a shortage of funding, and because of strong opposition by Greenpeace and other anti-nuclear groups. In April of 2005 the Bulgarian government approved construction to startup again, and they began the process of deciding who would build the plant. I’ve covered different aspects of those deliberations in earlier episodes of this podcast. Well, it’s taken over a year and a half, but they finally made their decision and selected Atomstroyexport to lead the project. The deal will give
Well, you might ask why would
It’s also a great business move because the less oil they use at home the more they can export, and electricity and steam for desalination made from nuclear plants is far cheaper than if made from oil! This is a very simple and logical step for them to take!
This announcement has some non-proliferation strategists proclaiming they’re all out to match
This week Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard spoke out again in favor of nuclear energy when he stated that “Australia would be 'foolish' not to consider nuclear energy” he also said "Nuclear power is potentially the cleanest and greenest of them all" Well, Mr. Howard – you are absolutely right on both accounts.
The Prime Minister was speaking to the
Howard said growing concern about global warming caused by the burning of greenhouse gas-producing fossil fuels to make electricity was causing people to rethink their opposition to nuclear energy.
"I believe that the world attitude to nuclear power is changing and
OPAL Reactor At Full Power
My other news from
Congratulations to Mr. Walsh and the rest of the staff at the Opal reactor for a job well done! I’ve covered the Opal reactor on a couple of occasions in earlier shows. You might recall that it’s a multipurpose research reactor that was supplied by ARPANSA, an Argentine company. It’s a 20 megawatt pool reactor that uses low enriched uranium fuel, and is cooled by water. The reactor is used for radioisotope production, irradiation services and neutron beam research.
This week Japan Nuclear Fuel, Ltd announced they’ve begun commercial fabrication of reactor fuel that is reprocessed from used fuel, and will have the first batch ready by mid-November. The uranium-plutonium mixed-oxide fuel, or MOX is made at a facility in the town of
Here’s another example of where the
In reality, even without reprocessing the volume of waste is very small – if you stacked all the used fuel from all the nuclear reactors in the
I’ve mentioned before that the
New Web Site for “This Week in Nuclear”
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was working on a new web site for the show – we’ll it’s finally ready, and I launched it this morning. I want to walk though a few features that I think you’ll enjoy.
First of all, you don’t have to change anything to keep getting the show. If you use iTunes or another podcast aggregator it will still work just fine because the RSS feed has not changed. If you get the show via my email list, that’s still working, too. And if you download the show directly from my web site, well that’s not problem either.
The new site pulls together my podcast web page from podomatic and my blog from thisweekinnuclear.blogspot.com. These two sites still exist, but using the marvels of modern technology they’re both pulled into the new site. The nice thing is that all of your old links will still work.
My domain name thisweekinnuclear.com points to the new home page. All the pages have a common look and feel, and there’s a common menu bar across the top of every page.
You’ll notice that I’ve put some advertising on the site. I have tried to make it work without advertising, but the donations just don’t cover the expenses, so it you want to help support the show then visit some of the advertisers from my web site. I’ll point out some other ways you can help, too, in a minute.
The podcast page has an audio player imbedded in it that will allow you to select and play any episode – pretty cool! There are also links to the last several shows, and a link to the archive where you can get any previous episode. You can also click on any of the badges on the left side of the page to subscribe using your favorite podcast provider like iTunes, Yahoo Music, Podcast Pickle, and others. You can also click on a link to sign up to receive an email message whenever a new episode comes out.
The blog and transcripts page is old blogspot page that loads in a frame. This is where I post the show notes, and you can go here to post comments, too. I plan to post show transcripts regularly from now on, and you can go here to read the transcripts. If you have a blog out there and you link to my blog, then do me a favor and make sure your link to my home page at thisweekinnuclear.com .
The next page on the list is a search page. This is really cool! I’ve got a google search tool now that lets you search my show notes. You can also search the internet by clicking on a radio button below the search bar. If you take a look at it you’ll see what I mean. I’ll earn Google Adsense points if you use this search page and click through to other supported links, so that’s another way you can support the show.
The next page is an Amazon book store that provides several nuclear energy related titles, and a couple of mp3 players that are good for listening to the show. There’s also an Amazon search bar on this page so you can find other books, music, movies, or electronics that don’t appear on the page.
I get asked about podcasting all the time, and I decided to share what I’ve learned on another page – I call it Podcasting Tips. Right now I’m covering podcasting hardware for recording to computers, and for recording on portable equipment. In the future I’ll add more information on audio software and editing techniques, podcast hosting, etc.
There’s a charity challenge page that I’m still developing, so I’ll tell you more on that in a couple of weeks. I plan to use it in the future to promote some charity work that I do.
Finally, my favorite part of the site - now you can listen to “This Week in Nuclear” on your cell phone or PDA! I’ve got specially formatted pages that you can read on those small screens, and if your service provider allows you to download audio files then you’ll be able to get the show on your cell phone! I’ve tested it on my cell phone and it’s awesome.
So think about the possibilities! You can sign up for my email list using your text message address or mobile email address, and when a new show is uploaded you’ll get a message on you phone. Then you can browse right to the show on your phone, and “This Week in Nuclear” will come blasting through the airwaves to where ever you are! You’ll also be able to access a few past episodes via the phone, so if you missed one you can get it on your phone. The web address for the mobile site is thisweekinnuclear.com/mobile. Try it out and let me know what you think!
So that’s an introduction to my new web site at this week in nuclear.com! Please check it out and send me some feedback. It really won’t be done until I’ve heard from some you out there and have had a chance to incorporate your ideas and feedback.
Next week I’ll be at the ANS Winter Meeting in Albuquerque, NM and will be appearing LIVE with Rob Adams of the Atomic Show, Eric McErlain of the neinuclearnotesblog, and Randall Parker of the FuturePundit blog. We’ll be talking about this wonderful new form of communications – internet-based media. I hope to see you there!