Unexpected energy barrier for uptake of hydrogen in tungsten wall of fusion reactor
The reactor walls of future fusion reactors will absorb fusion fuel one million times slower than previous research had indicated. A layer of bound hydrogen on the surface of the tungsten wall seems to protect ...
Glitch-hit US nuclear plant shut down for good
A California nuclear power plant shut down last year after a radiation leak will be permanently closed, its owners said Friday.
Silver lining advances understanding of next-generation nuclear fuel
(Phys.org) —The long search for the location of a rare element within nuclear fuel particles has ended. Researchers have finally pinpointed where silver congregates inside irradiated particles of a new ...
Germans face hefty bill to end nuclear power (Update 2)
There were cheers around Germany when Chancellor Angela Merkel announced last year, in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan, a swift end to nuclear power in favor of renewable energy sources like wind ...
Tornado debris study could lead to better warnings
Photos and mementoes that were snatched up and blown hundreds of miles during tornados in the south of the United States two years ago are giving researchers new insight on how debris is carried by the storms ...
Cheaper solar panels fuel rise in renewable energy
A dramatic drop in the price of solar power technology last year helped the continued growth of renewable energy, according to a U.N.-backed report published Wednesday.
Nuclear fuel recycling could offer plentiful energy (w/ Video)
Imagine the mess if we mined one ton of coal, burned five percent of it for energy, and then threw away the rest.
Japan robot suit offers hope for nuclear work
Brain wave-controlled robot suits that allow wearers to don heavy radiation protection without feeling the weight were unveiled in Japan on Thursday.
Japan opens solar energy parks
Japan opened several solar energy parks on Sunday as a new law came into force requiring companies to purchase renewable energy at a fixed price in a push for alternatives to nuclear power.
Finding the keys to boiling heat transfer
A team of MIT researchers has succeeded in carrying out the first systematic investigation of the factors that control boiling heat transfer from a surface to a liquid. This process is crucial to the efficiency of power plants ...
Japan inches towards restarting nuclear reactors
Japan on Wednesday inched closer to re-starting idle nuclear reactors, just weeks after the last one was switched off amid public disquiet following the disaster at Fukushima.
New tech could be "Mr. Fusion" for biofuel
A new technology from Argonne may remind viewers of Mr. Fusion of Back to the Future fame, only with a biofuel twist: put in your waste and out comes diesel fuel.
Method uses cosmic rays to gather detailed information from inside damaged Fukushima nuclear reactors
(Phys.org)—Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory have devised a method to use cosmic rays to gather detailed information from inside the damaged cores of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, ...
US risks losing clean electricity if nuclear plants keep closing, report says
Four nuclear power plants, sources of low-emissions electricity, have announced closings this year. If plants continue to shut down instead of extending operations the nation risks losing 60 percent of its clean electricity ...