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Energy for the Extra 2.8 Billion in 40 Years

Posted on: November 6, 2010

The former Defence Force Chief. General Cosgrove, says that Climate Change has forced the issue for Nuclear Power and criticized the constant scrapping over the need to build them.(The Australian,Feb 4 2010) Well, Dear Reader, he is not alone.

Nuclear Power, from small reactors, a new trend.(Article from: Agence France-Presse Tokyo October 24, 2009 02:03pm)

MAJOR nuclear reactor manufacturers in Japan have begun developing small nuclear power systems for both developed and emerging countries, a report says Toshiba is developing an ultra-compact reactor with an output of about 10,000 kilowatts and has started procedures for approval in the US, the Nikkei business daily said.
The new reactor, the Toshiba 4S, is designed to minimise the need for monitoring and maintenance, with an automatic shutdown function to ensure safety in case of problems, the newspaper said.

Toshiba plans to market the reactor first in the US, while foreseeing demand from emerging countries in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe as well as in Africa, it said.

Mitsubishi has separately completed the concept design for a pressurised-water reactor with a power output of around 350,000 kilowatts, and Hitachi also aims to develop a boiling-water reactor with a capacity of 400,000-600,000 kilowatts for use in Southeast Asia and other countries, it said. World wide there are currently 427 in commission from several manufacturers

Demand for nuclear power stations has been growing around the world. A total of 151 were under construction or slated for construction in 27 countries as of the end of 2008, it said.

The Russians are to build 12 in India. Yet we are still stuffing around with the waste repository, processing the ore to fuel grade and the most important aspect for a cleaner future, leaving coal in the ground until a better use is found for it.


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