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Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Continues Decommissioning Work
TEPCO will continue to carry out the decommissioning work at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and plan to remove a small amount of fuel debris from the damaged nuclear reactor. Debris is in a state in which molten nuclear fuel and structural parts are mixed, and before investigating these, we are investigating storage containers of three damaged nuclear reactors using a robot. TEPCO announced plans to focus on Unit 2, whose survey is most advanced, on Thursday.
Source: NHK World
Utah cooperates in developing advanced reactors
29 utilities in Utah State belonging to the Utah State Regional Power Association (UAMPS) agreed to cooperate with a small module reactor construction project in the Idaho State suburbs of Idaho Falls. UAMPS will partner with NuScale Power and will work on the research and development of small module reactor technology. Nuclear power plants are not currently located in Utah State, and even with this partnership, nuclear energy reaches the town of the province after 2026. UAMPS says, “The Ministry of Energy will cover 50%, whereas NuScale will cover the rest, whereas it will contribute 25% to the plan.”
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune
Korea needs nuclear power in response to thermal waves
Due to the heat wave that hit the area, the demand for electricity is increasing in Korea, nuclear power generation is required to cover this demand. Korea Hydropower Nuclear Power Company (KHNP) decided to re-operate two nuclear reactors (Hanbit 3 and Hanwul 2) at the 2nd and 3rd weeks of August. Both machines stopped driving in May, but it is expected to resume driving by August 12. KHNP is supposed to add 5 GWh of electricity during the hot summer of August by adding three other than these two. Baek Eun-gyu, director of the Korea Industry and Trade and Industry Department, is inspecting the transmission network of Tuxso, Seoul City, “There is a possibility that the electricity demand will rewrite the record high due to the heat wave of the daily … … However, There is also reserve capacity for emergency, stable supply of electricity is possible. “
Source: World Nuclear News
Article on advanced small furnace
The Financial Times published an article entitled “Nuclear Power, Reduction Routine for Success” this week. In this article, it was reported that “next generation nuclear reactors are said to be able to supply energy at low cost and at low risk, and many companies are working on the development thereof.” The article stressed that the price of wind power and solar power generation is decreasing, and that nuclear power must be adapted to not being left out. In the UK, it is thought that by advancing the development of an advanced small furnace with government investment, it can strengthen energy security and open export markets of billions of dollars scale. Fiona Riley, chairman of the expert working group for financing, launched by the government said, “Small furnaces have a huge world market, which can be introduced in more and different places than big furnaces” .
Source: The Financial Times