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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.

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Toshiba exits Moorside nuclear project

13-11-2018
Britain’s plan to build a series of new nuclear power plants to offset the planned closure of ageing existing plants were dealt a serious blow last month as developer Toshiba announced that it is to wind up its UK nuclear arm NuGeneration and quit the project to build a 3.3 GW plant at Moorsi...

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Swiss nuclear phase-out could result in energy security concerns – IEA

18-10-2018
The biggest energy challenge for Switzerland in the coming years will be to fill the gap created by the phase-out of its nuclear power stations, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).Doing so while maintaining low carbon generation and high standards of security and supply means a ...

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Why we are all invested in the success or failure of nuclear

17-10-2018
The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute is taking a new approach to nuclear-related research by encouraging engagement between ‘traditional’ nuclear sciences and social science researchers. Professor Richard Taylorintroduces the Beam Network. 

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Why we are all invested in the success or failure of nuclear

17-10-2018
The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute is taking a new approach to nuclear-related research by encouraging engagement between ‘traditional’ nuclear sciences and social science researchers. Professor Richard Taylor introduces the Beam Network.

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From the editor: Interpretation is everything in the nuclear debate

1-10-2018
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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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, becoming ubiquitous in the fields of both propulsive thrust and power generation. The related fuels ha...

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Bow ties in risk management: A concept book for process safety

2018
An authoritative guide that explain the effectiveness and implementation of bow tie analysis, a qualitative risk assessment and barrier management methodology.The EI and Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) have jointly produced an invaluable guide that focuses on a specific qualitative risk ma...

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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 disparate repair and upgrade work to be done in a short period of time, usually carried out by speciali...

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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 decentralised energy, held in London, 9 September 2016.These proceedings have been prepared as a non-verbatim...

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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 conventional hazard identification (HAZID) studies and risk assessments.This publication provides a metho...

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