nuclear-news

The News That Matters about the Nuclear Industry Fukushima Chernobyl Mayak Three Mile Island Atomic Testing Radiation Isotope

‘Spinning’O-Wind Turbine captures wind from any direction

O-Wind Turbine: James Dyson Award National UK Winner

Groundbreaking ‘spinning’ wind turbine wins UK Dyson award, Guardian, Rebecca Smithers, Consumer affairs correspondent, 5 Sep 2018 

The O-Wind Turbine captures wind from any direction and, unlike traditional turbines, could be effective in cities A ‘spinning’ turbine which can capture wind travelling in any direction and could transform how consumers generate electricity has won its two student designers a prestigious James Dyson award.

Nicolas Orellana, 36, and Yaseen Noorani, 24, both MSc students at Lancaster University, have created the O-Wind Turbine which – in a technological first – takes advantage of both horizontal and vertical winds without requiring steering.

Conventional wind turbines only capture wind travelling in one direction, and are notoriously inefficient in cities where wind trapped between buildings becomes unpredictable, making the turbines unusable…….

A ‘spinning’ turbine which can capture wind travelling in any direction and could transform how consumers generate electricity has won its two student designers a prestigious James Dyson award.

Nicolas Orellana, 36, and Yaseen Noorani, 24, both MSc students at Lancaster University, have created the O-Wind Turbine which – in a technological first – takes advantage of both horizontal and vertical winds without requiring steering.

Conventional wind turbines only capture wind travelling in one direction, and are notoriously inefficient in cities where wind trapped between buildings becomes unpredictable, making the turbines unusable…….


Wind power
 currently generates just 4% of the world’s electricity but it could produce up to 40 times the amount of electricity consumed, Noorani said.

The duo’s invention will now be entered into the international running for the final leg of the James Dyson award in November, which will give the overall worldwide winner a further £30,000 in prize money.

The award operates in 27 countries, and is open to university level students and recent graduates studying product design, industrial design and engineering. It recognises and rewards imaginative design solutions to global problems with the environment in mind. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/05/groundbreaking-spinning-wind-turbine-wins-uk-dyson-award

Advertisements

September 5, 2018 Posted by | decentralised | Leave a comment

Mainstream media carefully avoids mentioning the typhoon danger to Japan’s nuclear power stations and waste dumps

Why is the danger to nuclear power plants not mentioned?
In previous years, and especially since the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, journalists have outlined the risks that typhoons pose to nuclear power plants,
But this year, despite Japan’s accumulating radioactive wastes and continuing Fukushima nuclear mess –  mainstream media does not mention the nuclear risk. All part of the propaganda buildup for the 2020Olympic Games, including the lie that the Fukushima nuclear wreck is now safe.

Typhoon Man-yi hits Japan raising fears about Fukushima nuclear plant  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-16/typhoon-man-yi-hits-japan2c-raising-fukushima-fears/4960034

Is Fukushima capable of withstanding a super typhoon? , DW 2015  “….. Apart from physical damages to construction equipment, we could expect radioactive isotopes from contaminated surfaces being washed away and transported into the groundwater or the sea. Over the past days, the concentration of radioactive substances in the groundwater has increased significantly at some of the plant’s measuring points and, according to TEPCO, this was caused by the recent heavy rains.
Furthermore, rainwater could seep into the reactor buildings where it might mingle with contaminated water thus increasing the total amount of contaminated water on the site….”  https://www.dw.com/en/is-fukushima-capable-of-withstanding-a-super-typhoon/a-17987229

September 5, 2018 Posted by | Japan, safety | Leave a comment

Japan hit by a powerful typhoon

Typhoon Jebi path update: Where is Japan typhoon NOW? Will it hit Tokyo? https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1012314/Typhoon-jebi-path-update-typhoon-tokyo-category-3-Japan-warning-western-central-japan

TYPHOON Jebi will make landfall in southern Japan on Tuesday as damaging winds, flooding and mudslides are expected to hit the country. But where is the typhoon now and will it hit the capital Tokyo?

Typhoon Jebi smashed into Japan on Tuesday, barreling across the mainland at speed in a northeasterly track.

Japan issued evacuation advisories for more than 1 million people and cancelled hundreds of flights in the face of extremely strong winds and heavy rain hammered the country.

AccuWeather senior meteorologist Adam Douty said: “Damaging winds and coastal flooding may be the most significant impacts with this storm.

Where is Typhoon Jebi now?

Typhoon Jebi is currently located just north of Kyoto, traveling back out into the sea in a northeasterly direction.

The storm avoided a direct hit with capital Tokyo, but the city is still expected to bear the brunt of winds of more than 60mph.

Osaka and Kobe also took a hammering from the storm when they were struck earlier on Tuesday, after Jebi moved in from Honshu.   The storm made landfall on Shikoku, the smallest main island, around noon.

Jebi then raked across the western part of the largest main island, Honshu, near the city of Kobe, several hours later, heading rapidly north.

Wind gusts of up to 208 km/h (129 mph) were recorded in one part of Shikoku, with forecasts for gusts as high as 216 km/h (135 mph).

Around 100 mm (3.9 inches) of rain drenched one part of the tourist city of Kyoto in an hour, with as much as 500 mm (20 inches) set to fall in some areas in the 24 hours to noon on Wednesday. The Meteorological Agency advised the public to be on the lookout for even more flooding and mudslides, as well as high tides.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a meeting of the government and ruling parties: “We have seen typhoons and torrential rains.

“The government will do its utmost to prevent disaster.

Jebi – whose name means “swallow” in Korean – was briefly a super typhoon and is the latest harsh weather to hit Japan this summer.

Japan has been hit by extreme weather since the beginning of July and western parts of the country have been left devastated by flooding and landslides, leaving more than 220 people dead.

typhoon Jebi’s course has brought it close to parts of western Japan hit by rains and flooding but the storm was set to speed up after making landfall, minimising the amount of rain that will fall in one place.

The country has experienced record-breaking heat as well as floods and landslides.

September 5, 2018 Posted by | Japan, safety | Leave a comment

Tropical storms pose danger to America’s nuclear power stations

Tropical Storm Gordon Warning For US Gulf Coast: Reminder Of The Dangers Of Mixing Severe Weather With Nuclear Power; Another Tropical Storm In Atlantic , Mining Awareness, 4 Sept 18 
It’s that time again. Time for tropical storms and hurricanes, and time to remember the increased dangers of nuclear power stations (orange skulls on map) during severe weather, which can lead to power outages and power surges, as well as storm surges, flooding and more.

Nuclear power stations are dangerous and unreliable electricity sources in extreme weather. One of the most dangerous, and often ignored, things about nuclear energy is that nuclear power stations always have need for backup energy supplies for cooling of the nuclear reactors, and spent fuel pools, as dramatically demonstrated by the never-ending Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. If they lose offsite power, then they are dependent upon backup generators, which can fail to start, fail once started or run out of fuel. In Louisiana, a thunderstorm led to a scram at River Bend Nuclear Power Station due to a power surge, followed by a loss of cooling, supposedly the next day. Loss of cooling can lead to a nuclear meltdown, if not corrected quickly enough.
Waterford Nuclear Power Station is near New Orleans going toward Baton Rouge and River Bend Nuclear Power Station is near Baton Rouge)………https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/tropical-storm-watch-for-us-gulf-coast-2-am-update-reminder-of-the-dangers-of-mixing-severe-weather-with-nuclear-power-another-tropical-storm-in-atlantic/

September 5, 2018 Posted by | safety, USA | Leave a comment

Nuclear reprocessing has little future in Japan, as utilities end funding

Japanese utilities ended funding for nuclear fuel reprocessing in 2016, putting MOX program in doubt https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/09/03/national/japanese-utilities-ended-funding-nuclear-fuel-reprocessing-2016-putting-mox-plans-doubt/#.W48CsSQzbGg

4 Sept 18, Kyodo,, Utilities that operate nuclear power plants stopped funding the reprocessing of nuclear fuel in fiscal 2016, their financial reports showed Sunday, a step that may affect resource-scarce Japan’s nuclear fuel recycling policy.

The 10 utilities, including Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. and Japan Atomic Power Co., apparently halted allocating reserve funds for reprocessing costs due to the huge expenses linked to building the reprocessing facilities, sources said.

The government, along with the power companies, has been pushing for the reuse of mixed-oxide, or MOX, fuel, which is created from plutonium and uranium extracted from spent fuel.

While Japan has not changed its policy on spent fuel reprocessing, the outlook for it has remained uncertain since the 2011 Fukushima disaster. At the same time, the government’s latest energy plan in July also stated for the first time that disposal of spent MOX fuel as waste can be considered.

If MOX fuel cannot be reprocessed, nuclear fuel can only be reused once. For the reprocessing of spent MOX fuel, the utilities had allocated about ¥230 billion in reserves as of March 2016.

Currently, only two reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama power plant, one reactor at Shikoku Electric Power Co.’s Ikata plant and one reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Genkai power plant use MOX fuel in so-called pluthermal power generation.

As Japan has decided to cut its stockpile of plutonium, the government and utilities aim to increase plants for pluthermal generation. But if spent MOX fuel is not reprocessed, it would be considered nuclear waste, raising concerns over how to deal with it.

Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. — in which power companies have invested — has been pursuing the construction of a spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in northeastern Japan as well as a MOX fuel fabrication plant, with the costs coming to about ¥16 trillion.

But a series of problems has resulted in their delay. When operational, the Rokkasho plant in Aomori Prefecture, key to Japan’s nuclear fuel cycle policy, can reprocess up to 800 tons of spent nuclear fuel per year, extracting about 8 tons of plutonium.

With this setback, if new MOX reprocessing plants are to be built, it would be hard to secure further funding.

September 5, 2018 Posted by | business and costs, Japan, reprocessing | Leave a comment

#Fukushima #Nuclear testimony, #OHCHR #UNHRC #CRIN #Safecast September 2018 Part 1

945546_10204102155434059_2728664498121278949_n

Posted to nuclear-news.net

Posted by Shaun McGee aka Arclight2011

posted on 5th September 2018

The plight of the internally displaced people (IDP​s) of Japan has largely gone unrecognised by most media sources. IDP`s though, have been recognised in the last UN Plenary session concerning Japan, here is a link for that;

https://nuclear-news.net/2017/11/17/u-n-body-calls-on-japan-to-improve-protection-of-press-freedoms-and-fukushima-residents-rights/

In this video (part 1 of a series) Junko, a mother and ex decommissioning worker describes the health situation in answer to a question put to her by Rachel Clark (Japanese translator) on behalf of the team at nuclear-news.net and Nuclear Hotseat.
Junko describes the health effects on her children and workers cleaning up the soil in contaminated areas.
This is the first part of a series of testimonies. Please share widely. This video and copy is creative commons with normal attrib.

 

NOTE ; During the early months of the disaster a health survey was conducted by a Japanese nurse who had worked in the Chernobyl contaminated regions of Ukraine and Belarus. No other survey of its type was done by the Japanese authorities. Here is the video from a Japanese TV station that compiled the statistics and the discusssion that followed (In Japanese but with English subtitles). This video helps confirm the claims of the testimony from the 2Sept 2018 video above.

A health survey in Fukushima covered up by the Japanese Media?

Latest call for the rights of citizens to be protected here;

Call to UN Human Rights Council to promote protection for workers from exposure to toxic substances,

https://nuclear-news.net/2018/08/20/call-to-un-human-rights-council-to-promote-protection-for-workers-from-exposure-to-toxic-substances/

 

 

September 5, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments