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January 29 Energy News


Science and Technology:

¶ The past 30 years in Europe have likely been the warmest in over two millennia, new research says. The study used tree ring records and historical documents to reconstruct yearly temperatures going back 2,100 years. It says European summers have warmed 1.3° C between 1986 and 2015. [BBC]

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¶ Ignite Power has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Rwanda to provide off-grid solar power systems to 250,000 households by 2018. Media reports say Ignite Power is expected to install up to 1 million distributed solar systems at a cost of nearly $50 million. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Senvion has commissioned 14 of its 2-MW turbines for a second wind farm around the city of Nowy Staw, 50 kilometres south-east of Gdańsk, Poland. The wind farms are operated by RWE Innogy. With 36 turbines in…

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Fukushima ice wall near completion

An underground ice wall designed to curb the buildup of radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi plant will see near completion on Friday. But it’s not yet clear when it can be put into service as the nuclear regulator has not yet given a green light to its use.

The barrier will almost be finished Friday. Only the last procedure, which involves filling underground pipes with coolant, remains.

The wall made of frozen soil stretches about 1.5 kilometers around 4 reactor buildings.

Tokyo Electric Power Company aims to cut the amount of groundwater that seeps into the buildings and then becomes contaminated. The utility expects the barrier to reduce the inflow to 10 tons a day. That’s less than one tenth the current level.

The project to build the wall began in June 2014 at a cost of about 290 million dollars from the national coffers. The plan is to start operation by the end of March.

But the Nuclear Regulation Authority has not given its approval. It fears radioactive water could leak from the reactor buildings if the wall makes the level of groundwater lower than that of contaminated water.

TEPCO says it will closely monitor groundwater levels and inject water if the levels fall too far.

But the regulator insists changes in groundwater levels could cause unintended consequences.

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Fukushima nuclear crisis far from over, Kan says

Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant is not over five years since a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered the meltdowns.

“There is no doubt” radioactive materials have been seeping into the sea after mixing with groundwater, Kan, who has been a vocal critic of nuclear energy since the crisis started, told the National Press Club in Washington.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has repeatedly said the issue of water contaminated with radioactive substances at the Fukushima plant is “under control,” including when he was making a pitch for Tokyo as host of the 2020 Olympic Games.

Kan disputes this. “The accident is still unfolding,” he said.

Kan was prime minister when the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl occurred following the massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

Kan, a lawmaker of the Democratic Party of Japan, also criticized Abe’s decision to raise the ratio of electricity produced by atomic energy to 20-22 percent of the nation’s total output by 2030.

“The goal is not achievable” unless Japan extends the maximum legal period of reactor operations or builds a new nuclear plant, Kan said.

Most nuclear reactors remain off line in Japan, but various operators are seeking restarts.

Kansai Electric Power Co. is set to reactivate a reactor at its Takahama plant in Fukui Prefecture on Friday, in what would be the third restart since new safety standards were put in place.

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Fighting for peace in Ireland in the 21st century-John Lannon

“..significant strides to peace in the island of Ireland have been made towards that still, but the democratic governments are behaving in a very different way.” J. Lannon

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John Lannon of is interviewed in the attached podcast (23 mins).

On the eve of the new book release in Derry, Northern Ireland I talk with John Lannon about the relevance of the book release coinciding with the Bloody Sunday tragedy on its remembrance day.

With recent news coming out about unregulated Snowden style spying by the Irish state on citizens, politicians and journalists we find that the UK Government makes the same mistakes today that Magaret Thatchers government made concerning the military strategy employed in Northern Ireland. The Irish Times claims some 1000`s of deaths could have been saved if a diplomatic solution was used at an earlier point.

John Lannon said that he felt that ireland was  well on the track towards the trend of NATO imperialsim and violence if things were to continue on this course.

He said;

“The book looks at the transformation of Shannon Airport to a U.S. forward operating base”


He went on to say that a recent poll showed that 68 percent of Irish people were in favour of Irish neutrality.

The book has many testimonials from well known academics and politicians attesting to Irelands strong stand on human rights and peace issues.

The book will be launched at the tragedy that happened in Derry during a peaceful protest where british soldiers opened fire on innocent civilians. The opening page is a draft of the Irish constitution that was agreed in 1916. This year is the 100th year of the Irish state.

John went on to say that many people, from the Republics conception, have been fighting for seperation of imperialist asperations and rejecting the pull to war.  John points out that there were many communities that worked over the 20 years, of mis-guided British security operations, to slowly move towards greater peace and stability. John also points out that much has been done but there is still a way to go as there are remnants of criminal activities still left from the worst of the “troubles”.

John then went on to say that in so many areas that the governments did not listen to the peoples wishes and that supporting Saudi Arabias war in Yemen, continuing wars in the middle east and the refugee disaster that ensued.

“Significant strides to peace in the island of Ireland have been made towards that still, but the democratic governments are behaving in a very different way”

I asked John how he would enlighten the public and make them fully aware of the implications of having a US base of operations and allowing US military access to Irelands airspace. He pointed out that there is a loss of revenue associated with  these flights and the claims of the agreement bringing prosperity, were likley false claims.

John thought that the gloal authorities suffered from “Greed, avarice and a grave lack of self respect for life and human dignity”


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John also said that another way that might work is to involve groups that are fighting the same problems or in the case of Japan and the Okinawa US base has left a trail of criminality including rapes of local girls. The Japanese contituion is one of peace and similar to ireland so John called out to any Okinawa activist groups to contact him so information and experiences could be shared.

He also said that using the media that would run with the story (there are some but too rare) and publishing this new book as well as a raft of protests, meetings direct actions and good old perserverence to get the word out.

You can get an electronic version of this book on the Shannonwatch website

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Wrap up of nuclear news

a-cat-CANDoomsday Clock to stay at 3 minutes to midnight.

The growing climate problem of data farms’ consumption of energy.


FRANCE. French unions unhappy with arrangements for UK’s Hinkley nuclear build.  Fatal rockfall at planned French repository site. France’s President Hollande visits India, hoping to market nuclear reactors.


UK. The nuclear revolving door: Former Labour MP appointed boss of nuclear industry trade body. It’s looking increasingly as if the Hinkley C Nuclear EPR is dead in the water. What if EDF says no to Hinkley Point? The danger oftransporting plutonium.

CANADA. A major economic drain – the renovation of Darlington nuclear station.

CHINA . China supports UN move to denounce North Korea over nuclear test. Safety concerns cause China to halt construction of two nuclear reactors.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa’s nuclear corporation in a mess.

RENEWABLE ENERGY  Solar power an economic winner for Chile.  Japan starts work on ‘world’s largest’ floating solar farm. Solar panel costs to fall 10% every year.

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