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Opening the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) Atoms4Climate pavilion at United Nations climate change conference, COP27, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said nuclear science and technology are part of the solution to both mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change impacts.  

Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgrossi-active-at-cop27-10350059

Global optimism ‘rising’ about potential of reactors to help achieve net zero emissions Fatih Birol (left) and Rafael Grossi at the International Atomic Energy Agency discussion on nuclear power at Cop27 in Egypt. Courtesy IAEA. Nuclear power is making “a strong comeback”, but the international financial community has so far “failed” to provide the level playing field needed for nuclear to help the world tackle its most pressing challenges, from climate change to sustainable development, International Energy Agency (IEA) executive director Fatih Birol told the Cop27 United Nations climate conference in in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Birol told an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) discussion on nuclear power: “I don’t give them a passing grade.”

“Countries that were saying goodbye to nuclear power, they are rethinking their plans,” Birol said, adding that the IEA had been engaged in talks with both Belgium and Germany.

“We are very happy that both governments are now in the process of postponing their nuclear phaseout plans, understanding the role that nuclear plays in addressing this energy security challenge,” he said.

In addition, another group of countries is now considering extending the lifetime of their existing nuclear power reactors to respond to this challenge, which is one of the cheapest forms of low carbon power, Birol said. Still another group of countries are rolling out plans to build new reactors, including seemingly “surprising” ones such as the Netherlands and Poland as well as Japan and South Korea.

Date: Friday, 11 November 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuclear-making-strong-comeback-but-financial-community-has-failed-to-provide-level-playing-field-11-4-2022

In a wide ranging interview for the World Nuclear News podcast, Cameco CEO Tim Gitzel explained: Why the time was right for the Westinghouse deal How Russia's war with Ukraine has led to 'bifurcation' of the nuclear sector Explained Cameco's long-term strategy Looks ahead at the impact of new technologies, including SMRs How nuclear will need to play a key role in getting to net-zero

Date: Wednesday, 09 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/In-Quotes-Cameco-s-Tim-Gitzel-WNN-podcast-on-nucle

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi and US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm closed the IAEA International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century which ended in Washington DC on 28 October. Grossi made a global appeal to advance the benefits nuclear energy in face of a pessimistic new report on climate change and the ongoing energy crisis.

Date: Tuesday, 01 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-international-ministerial-conference-concludes-in-washington-10133127

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi called on world leaders to deliver on commitments made during a ministerial conference on nuclear power hosted by the agency and the US Department of Energy.

Date: Tuesday, 01 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Global-appeal-for-nuclear-power-as-ministerial-con

The International Energy Agency (IEA) projects more than a doubling of nuclear generation by 2050, with at least 30 countries increasing their use of nuclear power, in the Net Zero Emissions by 2050 scenario of its latest World Energy Outlook (WEO). The IEA said the global energy crisis can be a historic turning point towards a cleaner and more secure future.

Date: Friday, 28 October 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IEA-sees-growth-in-nuclear-as-world-responds-to-en

The interest in small modular reactors (SMRs) means that building the industrial capacity to produce the numbers required is just one of the challenges for companies as they turn their visions into reality, World Nuclear Symposium heard.

Date: Thursday, 22 September 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Huge-demand-for-SMRs-so-what-are-the-key-challenge

Midwest can be ‘powerhouse for low-carbon fuel production’ The aim is to produce clean hydrogen from the Davis-Besse nuclear power station. Courtesy Wikipedia. Energy Harbor has joined forces with the University of Toledo and several industrial companies and US Department of Energy national laboratories to launch the Great Lakes Clean Hydrogen coalition, which aims to produce clean hydrogen using nuclear power from the Davis-Besse nuclear power station in Ohio.

The coalition envisions transforming the Midwest into a powerhouse for low-carbon fuel production. It said it will use nuclear power generated by Energy Harbor’s Davis-Besse nuclear station to produce carbon-free hydrogen through electrolysis.

The coalition said the focus on clean hydrogen production through electrolysis avoids the challenge of capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide. Nuclear reactors can produce clean hydrogen by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. Methods are being explored to use nuclear energy to produce hydrogen from water by electrolysis, thermochemical, and hybrid processes.

In October 2021, Energy Harbor and the DOE agreed to develop a hydrogen production demonstration project at Davis-Besse in collaboration with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Xcel Energy, and Arizona Public Service. The plant was chosen due to its proximity to key hydrogen consumers in the manufacturing and transportation sectors of the market.

Date: Friday, 16 September 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-initiative-aims-for-productions-with-nuclear-energy-from-davis-besse-9-4-2022

World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi say nuclear can, and will, rise to the energy challenge, in their addresses to World Nuclear Symposium 2022. Here are the transcripts.

Date: Saturday, 10 September 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Bilbao-y-Leon-and-Grossi-on-nuclear-s-op

Prime minister has called for restart of more reactors The Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan before the March 2011 accident. In a first for Japan since the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident in 2011, public support for a nuclear restart is now at more than 60%, said a former executive director of the International Energy Agency.

CNBC reported that Nobuo Tanaka attributed that to the possibility of “serious problems by the end of this year” if Japan does not have nuclear power.

He added that Japan wants to secure energy supplies but also work toward reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, and striking that balance could prove increasingly challenging.

“Japanese public support is more than 60%, and it was the first time ever that support of nuclear power is starting to come over 50% after the Fukushima accident,” Mr Tanaka said. Mr Tanaka, now the chair of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum, was speaking at the 2022 Global Supertrends Conference.

There have been reservations among the Japanese public over the use of nuclear energy, particularly when it comes to the issue of safety, but Mr Tanaka said the future of nuclear power is now safer, and stressed the importance of minimising risk and maintaining “peaceful use”.

Date: Saturday, 20 August 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/public-support-for-nuclear-at-highest-level-since-before-fukushima-8-5-2022