France Continues to Say ‘Oui’ to Nuclear Power

French reliance on nuclear power shows no signs of abating, despite widespread reactor closures across Europe and negative public opinion, states a new report by energy industry specialists GlobalData. According to the report, France’s nuclear installed capacity is set to increase from an already substantial 63,130 Megawatts (MW) in 2011 to 66,430 MW in 2018, … Read more

UK Nuclear Power Stations Pass ‘Stress Test’

Safety reassessments undertaken at UK nuclear power stations in the light of events at Fukushima Dai-ichi have revealed no fundamental weaknesses. A report just published by the Office for Nuclear Regulation, the UK’s independent nuclear safety regulator, confirms that UK sites have identified and made improvements to enhance safety by learning from events in Japan. … Read more

Global Nuclear Generation Capacity Falls

Due to increasing costs of production, a slowed demand for electricity, and fresh memories of disaster in Japan, production of nuclear power fell in 2011, according to the latest Vital Signs Online (VSO) report from the Worldwatch Institute. Despite reaching record levels the previous year, global installed nuclear capacity – the potential power generation from … Read more

German Wind Power Has Potential to Plug ‘Nuclear Gap’

Onshore wind energy alone can provide up to 65% of Germany’s electricity requirements, according to a new study published by the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) on behalf of the German Wind Energy Association (BWE). With just 2% of land area in Germany available for wind power production, Fraunhofer calculated … Read more

Europe’s Nuclear Renaissance Gains Credence

Nuclear Power Europe, part of Europe’s largest power industry networking event POWER-GEN Europe, has announced survey results confirming a revival of nuclear power in the European energy marketplace. Following the record-breaking POWER-GEN Europe 2010 exhibition and conference held in Amsterdam recently, one hundred per cent of industry experts agreed that a nuclear energy renaissance is … Read more