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News Extra: UK tech startup seeks innovative approach to nuclear fusion 01 June 2018

First Light Fusion, an Oxford-based global leader in researching energy generation via inertial confinement fusion, is investing £3.6 million building a pulsed power machine to advance the company’s work exploring fusion, the ultimate source of energy....

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Poland’s PGE shelves nuclear power plans in favour of offshore wind 14 May 2018

PGE, Poland’s largest power group, has decided to abandon its leading role in building the country’s first nuclear power plant and will instead focus investment on offshore wind energy. According to Reuters, state-owned refiner PKN Orlen could take over PGE’s stake in the nuclear project, while the latter concentrates on a $10bn offshore wind power development....

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Japanese conglomerate seeks to reduce exposure to UK nuclear project 02 May 2018

Hitachi will ask the UK government to take a direct stake in the company that is to build and operate a nuclear power plant in Wales which is now 100% owned by the Japanese industrial group. Hitachi expects the government to invite private British companies to participate and hopes to reduce its own stake to less than 50%, according to Japan’s Nikkei news agency....

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North Korea nuclear test site out of action following massive 2017 blast – China report 26 April 2018

According to a study by Chinese geologists, North Korea's main nuclear testing site has disintegrated under the stress of five successive bomb tests. A mountain above the Punggye-ri facility has collapsed, the report said, rendering the site unsafe for future testing and presenting a serious risk of radiation leaks....

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Europe's largest bank announces ban on unsustainable energy investments 23 April 2018

London-based HSBC, whose global assets total more than $2 trillion, announced on April 20 that it will no longer finance new coal-fired power plants (with a few targeted exceptions), Arctic drilling or new oilsands projects, including pipelines....

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Italian oil major to invest in nuclear fusion research 16 April 2018

Italian energy group Eni has signed agreements with Commonwealth Fusion Systems LLC and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the industrial development of nuclear fusion power generation technology. Eni will support CFS to develop the first commercial power plant producing energy by fusion and will take an equity stake in the company....

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Planned new UK nuclear plant may not be feasible without prompt government commitment - EDF boss 13 April 2018

EDF has threatened to cease the development of the Sizewell C nuclear power station project unless the government agrees this year to come up with a viable funding model for the proposed nuclear plant in Suffolk. The boss of the group’s UK arm, EDF Energy, had previously said the plant could be built for around 20% less than the Hinkley Point C plant currently under construction in Somerset....

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French nuclear watchdog calls discovery of new weld defects at Flamanville “serious”. 13 April 2018

The President of the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), Pierre-Franck Chevet, told a Senate committee that new defects unearthed on April 10 at the Flamanville nuclear power station being built on the Normandy coast were “serious”. This follows the latest discovery of faulty welds in critical pipework at the plant....

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News Extra: US commissioners call for action on used nuclear fuel 10 April 2018

Twenty years after the passing of the deadline for the US federal government to start accepting nuclear waste for disposal, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) has called on lawmakers to support funding for the review process for the Yucca Mountain repository licence application....

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Ukraine to develop Chernobyl exclusion zone as massive solar park 08 December 2017

The first solar project at Chernobyl is expected to be commissioned this month, an initial move in ambitious plans by the developers to invest €100 million ($119 million) in solar energy-gathering infrastructure in the radioactive exclusion zone, abandoned since the meltdown of the No.4 reactor at the Ukrainian nuclear power station in 1986....

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