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Exelon teaching kids about nuclear power – conflict of interest?

Exelon welcomes community to learn about nuclear power, Watertown Daily Times By DEBRA J. GROOM

“This is cool,” he said.

Dominick, 6, a first-grader at Hastings-Mallory Elementary School, visited the Exelon Generation nuclear plant site Tuesday with his grandmother Diane Giamartino as part of the annual Community Information Night. Nearly 200 people showed up to learn more about what the company does at its three Oswego nuclear plants and the different types of jobs available in the nuclear industry.

There were two buildings filled with “cool” things to see, according to Dominick.

In the first building, visitors could watch a 3D printer turn out these spinning toys that Dominick and other children could take home. The small plastic devices were made of one piece of plastic, but had parts that would spin in different directions……..

Dominick saw even more “cool” stuff in the other Exelon building — especially the nuclear plant control room simulator used by employees. The control room is the brain of the plant, a place filled with various lights and readings on a huge control-room board that supervisors, senior reactor operators and reactor operators keep their eyes tuned to 24 hours a day to ensure all systems in the plant are operating correctly.

Jill Lyon, speaking for Exelon, said the Community Information Nights have been held since 2014 to help area residents learn more about what goes on at the plants.http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news04/exelon-welcomes-community-to-learn-about-nuclear-power-20180826

August 26, 2018 Posted by | Education, USA | Leave a comment

Risk of terrorist attacks in Japan Olympics: Japan strengthening waterfront security

Tokyo tightening waterfront security ahead of Olympics, Japan Times 7 Aug 18 , JIJI, AUG 7, 2018

Tokyo police will beef up security in waterfront areas to guard against terrorist attacks from the sea during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

 “…….Tokyo police will restrict ship operations near the competition venues and other facilities on the waterfront during the Olympics, while considering introducing state-of-the-art security equipment

…..The Japan Coast Guard is enhancing its security activities using patrol ships and aircraft.

……The Tokyo police are also beefing up their presence at Haneda airport.

A new facility adjacent to the airport is to be built by 2020. Anti-terrorist officers and explosive sniffer dogs will be stationed there at all times.

The police will have to guard a wide range of waterfront facilities, including “hotel ships,” during the games……https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/08/07/national/tokyo-tightening-waterfront-security-ahead-olympics/#.W4MdgiQzbGg

August 26, 2018 Posted by | Japan, safety | Leave a comment

Tokyo Olympics have offical dance – ? The Radiation Tango?

ICYMI, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Have an Official Dance  This month marks just 24 months (squee!) until the next Summer Olympics, set to go down summer 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. And what better way to get in the Olympic spirit starting RIGHT NOW than to learn a surprisingly intense choreographed dance?

The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee based this ditty and its accompanying moves on the theme song for the 1964 Summer Olympics, aka the last time Japan’s capital city hosted the Games……https://www.dancespirit.com/tokyo-2020-dance-2598707903.htm

August 26, 2018 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Following Brexit, UK will no longer be a member of Nuclear Fusion for Energy

Nucnet 23rd Aug 2018 , If the UK and the EU fail to reach an agreement on Brexit terms, the UK
will no longer be a member of the Euratom R&T programme, no longer be a
member of Fusion for Energy, and will no longer be able to collaborate on
the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) project through
the EU, the government said today.

In a paper on nuclear research if there is no Brexit deal, the UK government said it is committed to continued
domestic research and other international partnerships to ensure the UK
retains its “world leading position” in this field. The paper said the
UK is on track to have bilateral nuclear cooperation agreements in place
with “key priority partners” ahead of Brexit in March 2019. This will
allow for continued, unimpeded civil nuclear trade and nuclear research
cooperation with these countries.

But the UK will no longer be a member of Fusion for Energy, the organisation responsible for providing the EU’s
contribution to the multinational Iter fusion project in France. This means
UK businesses will not be able to bid for contracts to work on the Iter
project. However, the UK government said today it would be willing to
discuss opportunities for UK researchers, companies, and institutions, to
collaborate on “this critical experiment”.
https://www.nucnet.org/all-the-news/2018/08/23/uk-will-not-be-able-to-contribute-to-iter-without-brexit-deal-says-government

August 26, 2018 Posted by | politics international, technology, UK | 1 Comment

Renewable energy systems set to go ahead with new technology enhancing flexibility

Chatham House 22nd Aug 2018  Electricity Markets**  As renewables become a large share of the global energy mix, greater  electricity system flexibility will be critical and will originate from the
small scale, write Daniel Quiggin and Antony Froggatt.
The International Energy Agency forecasts that ‘solar PV and onshore wind together
represent 75 per cent of global renewable electricity capacity growth over
the medium-term’. Bloomberg New Energy Finance also estimates that by
2040, nearly three-quarters of the $10.2 trillion invested in new
power-generating capacity will be in renewables.
While this renewables rollout is a key part of global climate policy, the challenge is that the
costs associated with managing the system start to escalate once renewables
exceed a 30 per cent share of generated electricity. Unless properly
planned for, the growth in electric vehicle use and electric heating could
further amplify these ‘system integration costs’. They include the cost
of holding fossil fuel power plants in reserve for periods of low renewable
supply, grid upgrades and the dumping of power from renewables when system
constraints are reached.
So, as renewable energy pushes beyond 30 per cent,
and as a growing number of cars and domestic-heating systems begin to add
to power usage, how can governments ensure electricity is affordable? The
answer is ‘flexibility’. A raft of technologies already entering the
market, promise to radically enhance the flexibility of electricity
systems, helping contain system integration costs while accelerating the
low-carbon transition.
https://hoffmanncentre.chathamhouse.org/article/decentralised-flexibility/

August 26, 2018 Posted by | 2 WORLD, decentralised | Leave a comment

Flexible localised renewable energy networks in UK

Centrica (accessed) 24th Aug 2018 , By 2040 Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that more than half of global
energy capacity will come from renewables and flexible sources, such as
battery storage and demand side response. At 7% of global capacity,
flexible sources such as batteries and demand side response – where homes
and businesses automatically cut energy usage a peak times – will account
for the same level of global energy capacity as oil-fired power plants
today.

And more than half of this energy storage capacity will come from
small-scale batteries installed by households and businesses alongside
rooftop solar panels.

This trend away from larger power plants and towards
smaller, decentralised energy systems is happening in both developed and
developing nations. The decarbonisation trend is being accelerated by the
falling price of renewable energy technology, and the availability of
technology such as batteries that makes it easier to store electricity.
This in turn accelerates decentralisation, as renewables are by their
nature smaller and more spread out than the equivalent capacity provided by
a traditional power plant.

The rate of decarbonisation and decentralisation
is being accelerated by digital technology, giving people the power to
save, or even make, money by being more flexible with their energy use,
while helping electricity grid operators to balance supply and demand.

Europe’s largest demand side response aggregator, REstore, was acquired
by Centrica in 2017. Centrica CEO Iain Conn says he expects demand side
response to become one of the fastest growing elements of the energy market
over the next few years. From smart home products such as Hive that allow
home owners to control their energy use from their smartphone, through to
companies like REstore employing artificial intelligence to calculate just
how much energy capacity a factory can offer as a virtual power plant.
Energy, like every other sector, is going digital.

Greater insight through
digital technology is just the start of the shift of power away from energy
companies and towards the customer. Centrica is currently piloting a
project in the south west of England that will allow local residents and
businesses to buy and sell energy between themselves without the
intervention of their energy supplier. The £19 million Local Energy Market
in Cornwall is enabling 200 homes and businesses to do this using a digital
record known as Blockchain. It is used to create a secure electronic ledger
of transactions between participants. Iain Conn says he believes such local
networks will become the norm in a new decentralised energy market.
https://www.centrica.com/platform/three-tech-trends

August 26, 2018 Posted by | decentralised, UK | Leave a comment

Mary Olson warns on the danger to women of ionising radiation

CCTV 30th July 2018 , Mary Olson, Director of the Southeast Office of the Nuclear Information and
Resource Service, talks about the greater danger faced by women and girls
exposed to ionizing nuclear radiation.
This includes trans-generational DNA damage. An expert in highly radioactive spent fuel policy, she discusses the dangers of transporting nuclear waste from nuclear power reactors and
nuclear weapons facilities. Mary Olson’s research and activism is a
driving force for the Treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. This Nuclear Free
Future conversation takes heed of this topic 73 years after the bombing of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and August 9, 1945.
https://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/gender-matters-atomic-era

August 26, 2018 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Cesium in California’s wine – from Fukushima nuclear accident

The Register 19th Aug 2018 , Savants reckon radiation released by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear kerfuffle
has made its way into California’s wine. A paper emitted this month by
researchers at the University of Bordeaux Centre d’Études Nucléaires de
Bordeaux-Gradignan (CNRS) in France revealed that levels of cesium-137 in
the atmosphere rose as a result of the reactor accident, judging by Cali
tipple tested before and after Japan’s level-7 nuclear disaster.
It is believed a radioactive cloud released by the Fukushima Daiichi plant made its way across the Pacific and over to California’s Napa Valley vineyards,
where trace amounts of the highly soluble cesium isotope got into the
grapes used to make the region’s famed wines.
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/07/19/fukushima_cesium_wine/

August 26, 2018 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

USA emergency measures include preparations for nuclear attacks on 60 U.S. cities

The Hill 24th Aug 2018 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is updating emergency
management plans to include plans for potential nuclear detonations in 60
U.S. cities. An agency official told BuzzFeed News that the agency is
shifting plans away from the likelihood of a terrorist detonating a smaller
nuclear device and toward the possibility of a state actor detonating a
military-grade nuclear weapon.
http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/403481-fema-updates-us-nuclear-disaster-plans

August 26, 2018 Posted by | safety, USA, weapons and war | 1 Comment

Russia -Iran negotiations on building new nuclear power plant

Iran resumes talks with Russia to build new nuclear power plant Reuters Staff (Reuters) 26 Aug 18 – Iran has resumed talks with Russia to build a new nuclear power plant capable of generating up to 3,000 megawatts of electricity, energy minister Reza Ardakanian said Saturday, according to the Tasnim news agency.

The Islamic Republic currently has the capacity to produce 1,000 megawatts of nuclear electricity, Tasnim reported.

Iran already runs one Russian-built nuclear reactor at Bushehr, its first. Russia signed a deal with Iran in 2014 to build up to eight more reactors in the country.

The United States in May pulled out of a deal between Tehran and major powers to limit Iran’s nuclear ambitions, and Washington imposed new sanctions on Tehran in August.

Reporting By Babak Dehghanpisheh in Geneva; Editing by Ros Russell

August 26, 2018 Posted by | Iran, politics international, Russia | Leave a comment