UK’s new nuclear reactor turned on for the first time

The UK’s newest nuclear fusion reactor has turned on and generated plasma for the first time. The ‘ST40’ reactor aims to produce a record-breaking plasma temperature of 100 million degrees, seven times hotter than the centre of the Sun and the heat necessary for controlled fusion. It was developed by Tokamak Energy, one of the world’s […]

Nuclear fusion research receives £21m

An experimental nuclear fusion project in the UK is to receive £21 million in funding. The Mage Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST) Upgrade test facility at the Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire will use the money to upgrade its plasma exhaust systems. The funding, which will run up until 2022, comes jointly from research consortium EUROfusion and the UK’s Engineering […]

UK to host €10m nuclear fusion centre

A €10 million (£8.53m) nuclear fusion test centre will be hosted in the UK. The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has announced a collaboration with the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project to host the facility at its Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE) centre for the next five years. The UK Government is investing €5 […]

Global nuclear energy demand to rise by 4%

Global nuclear energy demand has grown in recent years, exceeding 2,400TWh in 2014. It is estimated to increase by more than 4% from 2015 to 2022, according to new research. It states rapid population growth, along with improved lifestyle, have resulted in strong demand for energy from households, both in developed and developing nations. The […]

E.ON posts record net loss of €16bn

German utility E.ON has posted a net loss of €16 billion (£14bn) for 2016, its largest so far. That’s due to costs related to the spin-off of fossil generation unit Uniper as well as the company having to cover the cost of disposing and storing Germany’s nuclear waste. However, the firm states the balance sheet […]

UK’s exit from European nuclear body ‘could threaten new build, supplies’

The future of Britain’s nuclear reactors, decommissioning activities and fuel supplies could be at risk if the UK leaves a Europe-wide nuclear co-operation body without transitional arrangements. The warning from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) comes as ministers previously said the government intends to leave Euratom as part of Brexit. It is calling on […]

UK and Japan extend nuclear co-operation

The UK and Japan have signed an agreement to increase co-operation on civil nuclear energy. They will work together across a range of activities including decommissioning, research and development and new nuclear. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Tokyo by UK Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark and Japanese Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige […]

Nuclear power: Good or bad? Join the debate at #EL2016

What should the future energy mix look like? Was it a good idea for the UK Government to give the go ahead for the Hinkley nuclear power plant in Somerset? Those questions and many more will be discussed at the Energy Live 2016 conference in London next month. Tom Greatrex, CEO of the Nuclear Industry […]

Finnish utility takes legal action against French nuclear giant Areva

Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) has launched legal action against French state-controlled nuclear giant Areva. The Finish firm wants assurance of no further delays at its Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) EPR nuclear reactor in Finland. The project has faced numerous delays and is therefore behind its original schedule but TVO wants to ensure it is ready […]

Global nuclear capacity increase led by Asia

The increase in global nuclear capacity to 383GW last year was driven primarily by Asia. That’s according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), which states 31 nations currently have nuclear power programmes, totalling 441 operating reactors. An additional 60 reactors are under construction in 15 countries, adding 59GW of electricity generating capacity over the […]