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October Newsletter No238

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Saving carbon emissions from electric vehicles could be illusory

by Paul Spare

An article that first appeared for Think Scotland, Monday 13, August, 2018.

THE DROUGHT this summer has kept the issue of global warming and carbon emissions in the public eye. Road transport is the principal sector where emissions continue to rise and the government has proposed to reduce carbon dioxide by progressively replacing conventional light vehicles by electric vehicles (EVs) over the next 30 years. This may seem ...

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June Newsletter No235

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Rehabilitating Nuclear Power

Attitudes are persistent. We do not enjoy reconsidering negative ones or those of long standing. Yet, slowly but ominously developing problems on this overcrowded planet demand that some current attitudes be questioned. To thrive civilisation needs plentiful energy and confidence. However, the most concentrated source of energy is nuclear, but it is not trusted. Why is that, and how might the distrust be overcome?

Energy needs to be affordable, secure and reliable. Gas may be cheap, ...

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May Newsletter No234

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An article published in the Yorkshire Post on March 7, 2018

Bernard Ingham, Former Hon. Sec.

Let us give thanks that the “Blast from the West” is slowly evicting the “Beast from the East” from these shores. We have had a lucky escape, even though the beast has not generally been unduly beastly as British winters go.

That is why we should worry about the future. If our recent gas supply was so stretched that industry had to be paid ...

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April Newsletter No233

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Sir William McAlpine, Bt

We were all extremely saddened to learn of the passing on the 4th March of our Chairman, Sir William McAlpine. Neville Chamberlain has written a short obituary of him, that you can read on the last page of this newsletter.

There is also an invitation to attend Sir William’s fairwell memorial service, and members should communicate directly with the Sir William’s office if they wish to attend. The contact details are included.

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NIA UK | NIA comments on government response to BEIS Committee report on civil nuclear

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The NIA has welcomed the government’s response to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee report into the impact of Brexit on the civil nuclear sector.

Commenting on the Government’s response to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy select committee report into the impact of Brexit on the UK’s civil nuclear sector, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:

“The ...

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March Newsletter No232

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I can strongly recommend the following well written article about carbon-free energy and its distribution Decarbonizing cities with advanced nuclear finalAlthough written for Helsinki it discusses important general ideas. Some of these are evident in the excerpt below, reproduced with permission.

Wade Allison, Hon. Sec.
DECARBONIZING CITIES: HELSINKI METROPOLITAN AREA PROVIDING DISTRICT HEATING, POWER AND TRANSPORTATION FUELS WITH ADVANCED NUCLEAR REACTORS
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NIA UK | Sellafield Ltd signs Technical Services Agreement with National Nuclear Laboratory

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Sellafield Ltd has signed an agreement that will introduce a significant change in the way it works with its major partner, the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

Both have a long and proud history of working together – and the new Technical Services Agreement (TSA) is designed to strengthen that history and set the direction for years to come.

The 2 organisations signed a collaboration ...

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NIA UK | NAMRC seeks industry views on new nuclear research hubs

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The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is seeking views from manufacturers on new regional R&D hubs to provides additional support in key areas of nuclear technology.

The Nuclear AMRC, part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, has launched the consultation to gauge demand from companies working in the nuclear industry and other advanced manufacturing sectors.

The consultation seeks views on what additional capabilities will ...

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