IAEA presents a report on Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management

Nuclear waste management has always been the biggest concern of critics. The environmentalists aim spent fuel and radioactive waste as their primary motive to criticize the nuclear industry. With the growing need for power and substitute for coal, the demand for nuclear power plants is increasing globally. There is significant development undergoing for safe andContinue reading “IAEA presents a report on Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management”

Kursk-1 Retires

Kursk-1 is a Russian-type nuclear reactor that is permanently shut down after 45 years of operation. During its operation, the unit has generated about 251TWh of electricity and provided its services to the Kursk region for about 30 years. Two new nuclear reactors are under construction which will replace the reactor in the future. AccordingContinue reading “Kursk-1 Retires”

Rosatom REMIX fuel began trials in Balakovo Nuclear Reactor

Russian Atomic Agency, Rosatom has begun the trials of the REMIX fuel. REMIX fuel is a mixture of recycled uranium and plutonium fuel extracted from the spent fuel along with enriched uranium fuel. Such fuel will reduce the cost of enrichment, provide high burn-up and improve the overall efficiency. The uranium and plutonium extracted fromContinue reading “Rosatom REMIX fuel began trials in Balakovo Nuclear Reactor”

Anil Kakodkar on net-zero target and nuclear power of India

An eminent nuclear physicist and the former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India, Dr Anil Kakodkar said that nuclear energy can alone provide low-cost electricity and help match the energy supply to the demand of the nation. He emphasizes that India cannot meet the net-zero target without nuclear power. He endorsed the achievementsContinue reading “Anil Kakodkar on net-zero target and nuclear power of India”

Construction of Unit-6 at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Started

The foundation slab of the unit-6 reactor building at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) was laid on Monday (December 20, 2021).  This power plant is a joint venture of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and Rosatom (a Russian state corporation), planned to be constructed in three stages. In the first stage, units 1,Continue reading “Construction of Unit-6 at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Started”

Finland Commissions a New Nuclear Reactor

Olkiluoto-3 (OL3), a European Pressurized-water Reactor (EPR) is the new nuclear reactor commissioned in Finland after 40 years, making it a historical moment for the country. This reactor alone will produce 14% of the total power and 40% of the nuclear power capacity of Finland. After achieving the first criticality and performing several commissioning tests,Continue reading “Finland Commissions a New Nuclear Reactor”

Increase in concentration of natural uranium in groundwater of Karnataka

The naturally occurring radioisotopes are Uranium-238, Thorium-232, and Potassium-40 which are present in abundance in different areas across the globe. It is estimated that about 3,51,000 tons of natural uranium (uranite) and 13 million tons of naturally occurring thorium (monazite) are present in India. In Karnataka, about 7300 tons of natural uranium are present inContinue reading “Increase in concentration of natural uranium in groundwater of Karnataka”

An update on India’s 1000 MW reactor vessel

Rosatom has given an update on a vital component of India’s 1000 MW VVER (Russian Pressurized Water-type nuclear reactor). They have started to weld the 170 tons upper semi-vessel with the help of two circumferential welds that will take 22 days about three weeks). After welding the whole welded vessel will be heated to 300Continue reading “An update on India’s 1000 MW reactor vessel”

IAEA visit to Fukushima has delayed due to Omicron

IAEA’s Expert team visit which was scheduled in mid-December to inspect Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant has been delayed due to concerns of the omicron variant. Because of the decision made by the Japanese government to release the well-treated radioactive water from the reactor into the sea. With an aim to increase transparency amid concernsContinue reading “IAEA visit to Fukushima has delayed due to Omicron”

Hydrogen production: a hybrid source of energy

In Conference of Parties- 26 (CoP-26) summit in Glasgow, India aimed to get net-zero carbon emission by 2070. It is the only major economy in the world that has achieved and envisioned to keep temperature rise below 2°C as agreed in Paris in 2015. Approximate 75% of the country’s energy demand requirements are fulfilled byContinue reading “Hydrogen production: a hybrid source of energy”

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