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Nuclear power supplies approximately 10.6% of total world electricity

Nuclear power is generated by a controlled chain reaction inside a nuclear reactor. In a process called nuclear fission, neutrons collide with uranium or plutonium atoms, causing the atoms to split and release additional neutrons and energy in the form of heat. This heat is used to convert water into steam, which drives turbines to produce electricity. Nuclear power has existed since the 1950s, with newer and safer reactor designs being constructed today.

Links to latest media coverage and scientific research can be found in the section below.

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From the editor: Interpretation is everything in the nuclear debate

2018-10-1
So, nuclear power generation is booming, with a fifth successive year of growth, according to the World Nuclear Association (WNA) in its latest report on industry performance...

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China investment is a shot in the arm for the global nuclear energy sector

2018-10-1
China continues to dominate developments in the world’s nuclear power sector in recent years, in contrast to the lacklustre situationapparent elsewhere, as Mark Godfrey writes.

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Room for existing and new technology nuclear energy?

2018-10-1
What are the likely roles for contemporary large light-water reactors, small modular reactors using similar technology, and advanced nuclear technologies known as Gen IV in the transition to a low car...

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Toshiba plays down Moorside nuclear sale as ‘speculation’

2018-9-19
The Japanese conglomerate behind plans for Europe’s largest nuclear reactor has denied claims that it is in talks with a major Canadian asset manager to sell the project. Toshiba branded r...

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Nuclear power made up less than 3% of new generating capacity added in 2017

2018-9-18
A total of 7 GW of new nuclear generating capacity was added to the world’s electricity grids in 2017 and the first half of 2018 – less then 3% of total new capacity added – and g...

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Technical guidance publications

Fuels for gas turbine engines

2018
Published by Landfall Press; Author: Eric Goodger. Since its emergence during WW2 as a viable alternative to the piston engine,the gas turbine engine has enjoyed a period of rapid development, be...

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Transient contractor and supplier risk management and assurance during shutdowns, outages and turnarounds

2018
This publications is freely available to all registered users of this site.Shutdowns, outages and turnarounds (SOTs) of major accident hazard (MAH) sites are challenging. The SOT requires a lot of dis...

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Technical workshop proceedings: Decentralised energy

2017
This publication is available to download for free by registering/logging in to this site.These proceedings provide a summary of topics presented and discussed at an EI technical workshop on decentral...

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Guidance on applying a creeping change hazard identification (CCHAZID) methodology

2017
Creeping change is the accumulation of small changes that are gradual in nature, unseen and not planned, but can add up to a significant change. They may be difficult to detect and monitor using conve...

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Technical workshop proceedings: Process safety in decommissioning projects

2017
This publication is available to download for free by registering/logging in to this site.*This file is large in size, please allow extra download time*These proceedings provide a non-verbatim summary...

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