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Viewpoint: Why research reactors are so important for Africa

Viewpoint: Why research reactors are so important for Africa

Of the 220 research reactors in operation today, only seven are on the African continent. In other words, with 17.2% of the world population and the strongest expected growth in the coming years, Africans have access to only 3% of the world's nuclear research reactor capacity. Marguerite Leonardi, senior advisor at NPC Consulting & Engineering, and Professor Vincent Lukanda Mwamba, Commissaire Général of the Commissariat Général à l’Energie Atomique, explain why that is a concern and why the research reactor in Kinshasa should be restarted urgently.

Perspectives 12 October 2020


Viewpoint: Nuclear power and the energy transition in Bulgaria

Viewpoint: Nuclear power and the energy transition in Bulgaria

Brussels' wish for ​​a relatively rapid decommissioning of the coal-fired power plants of European Union Member States has the potential to create huge imbalances in Bulgaria's electricity system, writes Borislav Boev, a PhD student at D A Tsenov Academy of Economics.

Perspectives 29 September 2020


Viewpoint: Time to appoint a National Focal Point on denial of shipments

Viewpoint: Time to appoint a National Focal Point on denial of shipments

As Member States of the International Atomic Energy Agency gather in Vienna this week for the annual General Conference, they should consider making universal the appointment of a National Focal Point on denials of shipment of radioactive materials to boost security of supply of medical isotopes, write Natanael Bruno and Serge Gorlin, co-chairs of the Transport Facilitation Working Group.

Perspectives 22 September 2020


Viewpoint: Revolutionising nuclear safety documentation

Viewpoint: Revolutionising nuclear safety documentation

The use of artificial intelligence solutions could help achieve a step-change in nuclear safety, write Julianne Antrobus and Derreck Van Gelderen of PA Consulting.

Perspectives 16 September 2020


Speech: World(s) of possibilities with nuclear technology

Speech: World(s) of possibilities with nuclear technology

Milestones achieved within a recent two-week period demonstrate what nuclear technology is all about, what it is doing and can do for humanity, Agneta Rising, World Nuclear Association director general, said ahead of the Association's Strategic eForum 2020.

Perspectives 08 September 2020


Viewpoint: Driving diversity and inclusivity in UK nuclear

Viewpoint: Driving diversity and inclusivity in UK nuclear

Civil nuclear has historically had a certain image of the type of people most likely to be employed in the sector, in terms of job function, gender and age. That image is rightly changing, writes Zoe Stollard, partner at national law firm Clarke Willmott.

Perspectives 02 September 2020


Viewpoint: You can’t have true energy independence without nuclear

Viewpoint: You can’t have true energy independence without nuclear

In order to secure the economic and security benefits of a true 'all-of-the-above' energy agenda, the United States must be at the forefront of nuclear innovation, writes Dan Brouillette. The following is the text of the US secretary of energy's 21 August blog for the Department of Energy.

Perspectives 24 August 2020


Viewpoint: A historic moment for the UAE

Viewpoint: A historic moment for the UAE

Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, describes the significance of the recent start-up of the first nuclear power unit in the Arab world.

Perspectives 10 August 2020


Speech: Cutting costs with the fleet approach

Speech: Cutting costs with the fleet approach

Replication is the key to reducing the cost of nuclear new-build projects and attracting investment in firm, low-carbon power and heat, Julia Pyke, director of Sizewell C financing & economic regulation at EDF Energy, said last week. The following is an abridged version of her presentation to participants in an OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency webinar on the Paris-based agency’s newly published Policy Brief, Unlocking financing for nuclear energy infrastructure in the COVID-19 economic recovery.

Perspectives 03 August 2020


Speech: Nuclear jobs to help drive economic recovery

Speech: Nuclear jobs to help drive economic recovery

In these challenging and increasingly nationalistic times, it is important that leading international organisations seek to overcome institutional barriers and work together to deliver change, Agneta Rising, World Nuclear Association director general, said today. Rising was speaking during an OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency webinar on its newly published Policy Brief, Creating high-value jobs in the post-COVID-19 recovery with nuclear power projects. Publication of the report coincided with World Nuclear Association’s latest technical position paper, Employment in the nuclear and wind electricity generating sectors.

Perspectives 21 July 2020