In this issue
All those who follow the news in the nuclear
sector regularly – and you are most probably among them
- know that it is subject to ups and downs. While there have been
many downs in the past, this last quarter can definitely be counted
as an ‘up’, and the articles in this issue of ENS
News convey this. Our reports on the following subjects come to
mind especially in this context:
a recent cost comparison performed for the (UK) Royal Academy
a Euratom loan for the completion of Cernavoda 2; and
nuclear has not been excluded from the EU emissions trading
This is not the end of the good news. Sweden,
Japan and the USA have also provided encouraging headlines. In
Sweden, Ringhals has applied for uprates on two of its reactors.
The Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate has confirmed that the
600 MW lost with the closure of Barsebäck could be compensated
by uprates of the country’s remaining 11 reactors. If this
is carried out, Sweden would actually be replacing nuclear with
nuclear. Not bad for a country that vowed to close the nuclear
option almost 30 years ago.
In Japan, Chubu Electric Power Company's Hamaoka-5
nuclear power reactor achieved first criticality on 23 March.
In addition, Kansai Electric Power Company seems to be poised
to proceed with the use of MOX fuel in two of its reactors and
Fukui prefecture has approved the construction of two new reactors
at Japan Atomic Power. In the USA, plans for constructing a new
reactor appear to be firming up with a definite, short-term timetable
for licence application (2008) and decision (2010).
These headlines have also been commented on in
other nuclear news publications. The rest of this spring issue
is devoted to topics close to our concerns as a European Society
grouping nuclear specialists: the latest developments concerning
the Generation IV International Forum, news from the EU Institutions
and reports on the conferences organised by the ENS. We hope you
will find this issue both interesting and enjoyable.
study: New nuclear plants will be cheapest power option
In a report published on 10 March 2004, the
UK's Royal Academy of Engineering revealed that electricity from
offshore wind farms, currently Britain's most viable renewable
energy source, will cost at least twice as much as that from conventional
& fusion: a view from Sirius, by Bertrand Barré, ENS
All too often, a very destructive controversy
simmers between the proponents of fusion and the advocates of
fission who, seen from Sirius, are both parts of the same community,
the nuclear energy specialists.
Spain hosts ENS Young Generation
Network meeting, by José
Luis Perez and Manuel Martin of Jueves Nucleares
For the first time, Spain was the location for the ENS’s
Young Generation Network (YGN) Board Meeting, which coincided
with the start of the ENS nuclear communicators’ conference,
PIME 2004, in Barcelona on 8 March. Hospitality was the watchword
for members of ‘Jóvenes Nucleares’, the Spanish
Nuclear Society’s (SNE’s) Nuclear Young Generation
Committee, who took on the lion’s share of all the work
involved in organising both the meeting and the technical visit
on the preceding Saturday.
Join the celebration of youth
Hosted for the first time in North America, the
International Youth Nuclear Congress – IYNC – is going
to make Toronto the place to be on 9-13 May.
Listening to others: a personal view, by Andrew Teller, ENS society
PIME - the ENS’s annual conference for
nuclear communicators from all over the world – offers ample
opportunity for new insights, and stimulating discussion among
colleagues. My talk with a brand engineering specialist at this
year’s event, in Barcelona in March, was particularly noteworthy.
It set me thinking about who we are, as a community – and,
if what he said is anything to go by – this was not a moment
ENS High Scientific Council appointments
The ENS’s High Scientific Council (HSC)
– its think-tank comprising scientists of high repute –
has recently appointed two additional members to its ranks.