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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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Britain’s nuclear ambition must make way for renewable energy, warns commission

2018-7-11
Britain’s first independent infrastructure review has warned against plans to invest billions of pounds in new nuclear power stations in favour of cheaper wind and solar power. The National Inf...

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Swansea Bay project thrown out by Government because £1.3bn scheme would cost more than nuclear power

2018-6-26
Hopes of building a £1.3bn “tidal lagoon” in Wales to generate energy by harnessing the power of the tide have been dashed after the Government said project does not offer value for...

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Government considering investing in a new nuclear station at Wylfa

2018-6-22
Prospects for the building of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd on the island of Anglesey – and perhaps others to follow – have improved a little with the opening of negotiatio...

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Trump orders protection for US coal and nuclear, despite power system resilience

2018-6-18
US President Donald Trump has responded to the country’s struggling coal and nuclear power industries by asking the US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to take ‘immediate steps to stop the...

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US pulls out of Iran nuclear deal

2018-5-10
President Trump has announced the US’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord and is to reinstate all sanctions currently waived under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) originally...

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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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