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Germany approves landmark nuclear waste deal with utilities: source

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German cabinet approved a deal on Wednesday for its top utilities to start paying into a 23.6-billion-euro ($25.9 billion) fund next year in return for shifting liability for nuclear waste storage to the government, a source said.<p>A warning sign for radioactive materials is …

Nuclear Waste

America's Nuclear-Waste Plan Is a Giant Mess

An explosion caused by cat litter at a storage site was just the beginning.<p>The fateful explosion that shut down America’s only permanent nuclear-waste storage site happened on Valentine’s Day 2014. The facility, called the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant or WIPP, is a series of salt caverns 2,000 feet …

Nuclear Energy

Solar And Wind Energy May Be Nice, But How Can We Store It?

Renewable energy like solar and wind is booming across the country as the costs of production have come down. But the sun doesn't always shine, and the wind doesn't blow when we need it to.<p>This challenge has sparked a technology race to store energy — one that goes beyond your typical battery.<p><b>Heat</b> …

Clean Energy

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A far darker shadow is hanging over Britain than that of the collapse of our steel industry. As she is the sister of a leading figure in the campaign to keep Britain in the EU, we may not be surprised by the warning from Amber Rudd, our Energy and Climate Change Secretary, that “Brexit” would raise …

Mini nuclear power stations in UK towns move one step closer

Mini nuclear power stations in towns around the UK have moved a step closer after it emerged the Government is assessing suitable sites to push ahead with a build.<p>The Telegraph understands that a team of experts working for Ministers is looking at possible locations for small modular reactors, …

Dyson to invest £1bn in battery technology thanks to profit surge

The British company, famous for bagless vacuums and bladeless fans, reports 20% rise in profit thanks to tripling Chinese revenue<p>Dyson, the British company famous for its bagless vacuum cleaners and bladeless fans, is planning to ramp up investment into new longer-lasting batteries after reporting …

The innovators: the smart plug socket that saves you money and gives peace of mind

Left the iron on at home? Got a phone charger on without a phone plugged in? Yasser Khattak says his affordable, simple-to-use remote smart plug sockets help you save energy and cash<p>Snuggled up in bed, Yasser Khattak wanted to turn off the light without getting up. It was his lightbulb moment.<p>That …

Home Automation

5 years after Fukushima, where are the world’s nuclear powerhouses?

On 11 March 2011, a magnitude nine earthquake off Japan’s north-east coast triggered a massive tsunami that crashed into the Fukushima Daiichi power …

WATCH: How Areva will deal with SA nuclear waste

Paris – Say the word “nuclear” and the first question that comes to many people is, “what about the waste?”<p>French state-owned nuclear company Areva …

Loviisa liquid waste facility starts operation

<b>The Finnish regulator has given utility Fortum permission to start full operation of the liquid radioactive waste solidification facility at its</b> …

Vattenfall develops tools to handle Brunsbüttel barrels

<b>Vattenfall has developed special gripping tools with which to remove more than 600 barrels of low- and intermediate-level waste from six storage pits</b> …

EnBW granted permits for decommissioning infrastructure

<i>UPDATED - This article has been updated to reflect that EnBW has now been awarded building permits for decommissioning infrastructure at both the</i> …

Has the U.S. Really Reached an Epic Turning Point in Energy?

As the new UN climate accord pushes countries to cut carbon emissions, the United States is making progress, but will it continue, and will it be enough?<p>The United States is setting new milestones that suggest a fundamental, and possibly permanent, shift in its energy economy.<p>Consider what happened …

Have we reached the tipping point for investing in renewable energy?

As oil prices bottom out and fossil fuels no longer offer strong returns, investment dollars are starting to move to renewable energy<p>Divestment – the decision to voluntarily reduce one’s fossil fuel investments – has been a hot button topic of discussion since 2011, when university students began …

Fossil Fuels

Households switching energy provider rose 15% in 2015

<b>The number of UK households switching their energy provider rose by 15% in 2015, Ofgem said.</b><p>The regulator said that 6.1m gas and electricity accounts had been transferred during the year - about 800,000 more than in 2014.<p>The news was welcomed by consumer groups, which said competition in the market …

Hitachi set to form JV for £14bn Wylfa station build

John Morgan upbeat for 2018 as fit-out grows and construction margins improve<p>2 days ago<p>High-rise buildings stepped back to address Unesco concerns …

Japan’s susceptibility to geopolitical manipulation

Despite its commitment at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21-Paris) on December 2015, and its climate change plan—pledged early on the same …

SA warned of 20-hour daily load shedding

Expect load shedding 20 hours every day if South Africa doesn’t build 20GW of new power stations within a decade, a nuclear energy proponent warned …

Traditional Energy Industry Declares War on Solar Energy

Now that solar power is reaching prime time, the fossil fuel industry is doing all that it can to stop its growth.<p>For many years solar was on the …

Solar Power

Engineers warn of looming UK energy gap

Phasing-out of coal and nuclear reactors without alternatives will combine to create a supply crunch in a decade’s time, report predicts<p>The UK is facing an unprecedented “energy gap” in a decade’s time, according to engineers, with demand for electricity likely to outstrip supply by more than 40%, …

Making a nuclear fusion device – timelapse video

Timelapse footage showing the construction of the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator nuclear fusion device at the Max Planck Institute in Greifswald, north-east Germany. Scientists at the institute are conducting a nuclear fusion experiment on Wednesday which they hope will advance the quest for a clean …

Britain leads race to make nuclear waste safe for 100,000 years

Boost for UK’s power industry promised by revolutionary cement<p>British scientists are designing a revolutionary cement that could withstand the impact of intense radiation for thousands of years. The project could prove vital in dealing with the challenges of Britain’s proposed expansion of its …

Inquiry backs plan to store world's nuclear waste in outback Australia

Draft findings of royal commission in South Australia back nuclear fuel storage and expanded uranium mining, but rule out nuclear energy industry<p>The storage and disposal of used nuclear fuel from other countries is likely to deliver substantial economic benefits for South Australia, a royal …

A Rockefeller explains: Why I lost faith in Exxon Mobil, and donated my shares

My great-grandfather, John D. Rockefeller Sr., created the Standard Oil Company and I inherited shares in the companies it spun off, including Exxon Mobil. But this year I donated those shares to the nonprofit Rockefeller Family Fund's Environmental program, which sold them and is using the …

Climate

Space solar: The global race to tap the sun’s energy from orbit

PG&E, one of the world’s biggest utilities, has an unusual deal on its books. It has pledged to buy all the solar power produced by a tiny, secretive …

France Wants To Build More Than 600 Miles of Solar Roads

The solar-panel roadways could generate power for up to 5 million people, or 8 percent of the country's population.<p>The French Minister of Ecology and Energy, Ségolène Royal, has announced that the country plans to cover 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of roads with solar panels, according to the …

Roads

Morocco is now operating the largest solar power plant in the world

It is hoped that it will eventually produce so much electricity that the nation will not only be able to meet its own energy needs, but also export the excess to Europe.<p>The first section of the plant was turned on Saturday afternoon by Morocco's King Mohammed VI, and is expected to start churning …

A National Power Grid: The Answer To Renewable Energy’s Storage Problem?

Who needs batteries when renewable energy can flow everywhere, whenever it’s needed?<p>Wind power is now as cheap as coal, and in some places, solar is cheaper than natural gas. But there’s one thing that most people assume still holds back renewable energy in the U.S.: power plants need a constant …