Japan set ambitious 2050 goals, feed-in tariffs

Japan seems to become pretty serious about climate change as it will soon make official a law mandating for 80 percent cuts of greenhouse gases emissions  by 2050 (compared to 1990, just in line with IPCC recommendations) Not totally unrelated to these most commendable goals, the country enacted generous feed-in tariffs for solar, wind and… Continue reading Japan set ambitious 2050 goals, feed-in tariffs

Bad news are piling up on nuclear

Just as Grist is asking if Germany did the right move on nuclear – here is as a reminder my opinion piece on Cleantechies – several bad news for the industry of this energy source got my attention this week. First and foremost, the reactor number 2 of Fukushima ” had probably experienced “spontaneous” fission… Continue reading Bad news are piling up on nuclear

Can the Chinese nuclear expansion be safe ?

To Yale Environment 360 : “In the wake of the Fukushima meltdowns, some nations are looking to move away from nuclear power. But not China, which is proceeding with plans to build 36 reactors over the next decade. Now some experts are questioning whether China can safely operate a host of nuclear plants.” Indeed, building… Continue reading Can the Chinese nuclear expansion be safe ?

Poland and Lithuania are thinking about nuclear

While the decisions of both Germany and Switzerland to stop using nuclear made headlines, little has been written about Poland ‘s thinking about building two nuclear reactors, which would be build by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. The reactors could go online in 2020 if an agreement was signed in 2014. The capacity would reach 3,000… Continue reading Poland and Lithuania are thinking about nuclear

Iran starts its first nuclear reactor

To the New York Times, 36 years after the construction began, Iran finally opened its first nuclear reactor. The plant has a capacity of one gigawatt (compared to the 1,650 MW of an EPR). Many around the world are fearing for the region’s peace as the uranium used in the plant could also be used… Continue reading Iran starts its first nuclear reactor

Vietnam, Bulgaria and Kuwait to build nuclear reactors

According to the Wall Street Journal ” Vietnam plans to have 13 nuclear reactors online by 2030, with a combined capacity of 15 gigawatts, the government said Wednesday. “ ” Nuclear power will account for 10% of the country’s total generation capacity, the government said on its website, citing a nuclear-power development plan recently approved by… Continue reading Vietnam, Bulgaria and Kuwait to build nuclear reactors

Jordan, Chile and many others are going nuclear

Last week Jordan announced plans to build a nuclear reactor by 2013. Other are due to follow.  This is done to answer the country’s energy needs which are due to double by 2030. This is a big issue as Jordan imports 95% of its energy. It is the opportunity to focus on an interesting article… Continue reading Jordan, Chile and many others are going nuclear