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Fukushima Update

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It’s been over 2 years since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima and it still seems to be making headlines (I’m sure officials were assuring us a few weeks after the disaster occurred that all was well and it couldn’t possibly melt down) so I thought I’d do a little survey of recent news.

A few weeks ago I started noticing reports that there was something of a push to restart the Japanese nuclear industry (against the wishes of Japanese voters), which had been shutdown in the wake of the reactor meltdowns. The reports soon prompted speculation of a jump in uranium prices as yet another mini-nuclear renaissance was forecast.

 

Since then TEPCO has admitted that the plant was leaking 300 tons of radioactive water per day into the Pacific Ocean after denying the leak for months (as per their standard approach of denying any problem exists until doing so was no longer tenable).

 

The Japanese authorities have now raised the threat level for the plant to a level three “serious incident”. It was this leak that led the the widely pilloried “ice wall” approach to be proposed as a solution.

 

The precise location of the leak has not yet been determined and may not be repaired for years. Besides the “ice wall” idea construction of a concrete seawall around the whole site is also being mooted (another leak has since been reported within the site).

 

In the aftermath of the disaster, alternative energy solutions have been gaining in popularity. Japan and China have been recording record demand for solar PV (forecast to reach 9GW in the second half of 2013) with a 100% increase on the first half of the year, and a 70% jump over the previous year. Japan’s growth alone has been 150 per cent compared to 2012 and is forecast to be over 5GW mid-2014.

 

The Japanese are also experimenting with energy storage to supplement the expansion of wind and solar on Japan’s electric grid with two large-scale battery systems being constructed in the north. A 60 MWh redox-flow battery will be installed on the island of Hokkaido along with a 20 MWh lithium-ion battery in the Tōhoku region.

 

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16 Comments on "Fukushima Update"

  1. bobinget on Fri, 23rd Aug 2013 9:25 pm 

    Every time TEPCO gets permission to crank up Japan’s
    FIFTY undamaged reactors something like today’s problems crop up putting a wary Japanese public
    on-guard Importing all this extra oil and gas has put, for the first time, Japan into trade deficit..

  2. actioncjackson on Fri, 23rd Aug 2013 10:21 pm 

    They might finally accomplish their goal, kill ALL the whales.

  3. BillT on Sat, 24th Aug 2013 12:57 am 

    We bomb two cities, they ‘bomb’ the Pacific Ocean … and eventually, the whole world. Fukushima was built on the Ring of Fire and is also Tsunami Central. Both are not unusually annually here. When the next one happens, all 6 reactors will be melting down and the pools of spent fuel will be dumped into the ecology. Not good news for the world. Thank the GE, “We bring good things to life”, people. Send a spent fuel rod to every stock holder to take care of for the next 1,000 years. And 100 to the CEO.

  4. Dan on Sat, 24th Aug 2013 2:36 am 

    Can we please stop using the image that shows the propagation of the tsunami from the earthquake and NOT the spread of radiation.
    That image is appearing everywhere and it quite clearly has the scale measured in centimeters. No doubt this is an extremely serious situation but equally important is having some credibility.

  5. curlyq3 on Sat, 24th Aug 2013 3:24 am 

    Hello to all Peak Oilers … it is much worse than you could imagine at Fukushima … over 28 months of non-stop high level radiation into the environment … one very nasty result of sea water on the melted reactor cores has produced something I refer to as “Nuclear Buckyballs” … these evil nano particle size vehicles are definite game changers … curlyq3

    http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/01/13/1119758109.abstract

    http://pissinontheroses.blogspot.com/2012/01/weaponized-fukushima-fallout.html

  6. curlyq3 on Sat, 24th Aug 2013 3:49 am 

    Hello again to all Peak Oilers … for those of you looking for current info on Fukushima, I reccomend ENENews … to be perfectly honest, I’m not sure what catastorphe will get us first. The lack of affordable fossil fuels wrecks the global economy … then the inability to deal with the nuclear waste contamination finishes us all off! … Oh lets not forget that the planet will probably overheat soon causing crop failures world wide! … the “Four Horsemen” are riding our way! … curlyq3

    http://enenews.com/

  7. diemos on Sat, 24th Aug 2013 5:07 pm 

    And could we also stop using the graphic that shows enough radiation reaching the west coast of the US to have killed everyone through acute radiation poisoning? That didn’t happen.

    For myself, I recommend ENENews if you’re looking for all the latest fact-free nuclear hysteria to base your apocalyptic fantasies on.

  8. Hugh Culliton on Sat, 24th Aug 2013 7:07 pm 

    I’m starting to get involuntary bowel movements every time I see or hear the word “Fukushima “. Oops, there it goes again.

  9. curlyq3 on Sun, 25th Aug 2013 3:38 am 

    Hello again diemos … Well your certainly right about the need to filter what you read on a blog … ENENews is quite a catch all … but that can be said about all blogs … most folks are on their own when any analysis of facts is required … people and oppions are plentiful … my personal goal is to avoid as much nuclear waste as possible and if you or anyone else has info that might be useful for me to reach my goal I am grateful … and regarding that graphic … what is interesting is that it might be a Pro-nuke ploy to suggest that this plume of radiation is dispersing when it actually is not dispersing that much… bad news for us folks here on the West Coast! … curlyq3

  10. curlyq3 on Sun, 25th Aug 2013 4:00 am 

    Hello again diemos … the challenge to you of course is to suggest what sourses you would recommend to discuss the problems we have with nuclear waste in the world … remember that shills never have much to say so I hope you can come up with some good alternatives to ENENews so I will not assume you are just another nuclear shill… don’t let me down please … curlyq3

  11. curlyq3 on Sun, 25th Aug 2013 10:29 pm 

    Hello Peak Oilers … here are a couple of abstracts that support the idea that the plume from Fukushima is not dispersing and remains concentrated … it appears to follow a rather direct path to Central California … it would seam that the solution to pollution is “NOT” dilution … I wish this was not the case because it is headed right for me! … curlyq3

    http://www.biogeosciences-discuss.net/10/6377/2013/bgd-10-6377-2013.html

    http://www.biogeosciences.net/10/3067/2013/bg-10-3067-2013.html

  12. curlyq3 on Sun, 25th Aug 2013 11:55 pm 

    Hello Peak Oilers … check out SimplyInfo for less congestion of “fact-free nuclear hysteria to base your apocalyptic fantasies on.” … curlyq3

    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/

  13. diemos on Mon, 26th Aug 2013 3:04 pm 

    Alternatives to ENENews and it’s ilk are hard to come by.

    I favor transparency and education so the people can evaluate these things for themselves.

    Our leaders seem to favor not bothering the electorate with things they are going to have a hard time understanding.

    I think that’s a mistake.

  14. diemos on Mon, 26th Aug 2013 3:13 pm 

    “I wish this was not the case because it is headed right for me!”

    Me too.

    Like swirling cream into coffee it will eventually even out but there is a transition time.

    The Chinese study says that if you start with an even concentration of particles distributed over a 300km radius from the plant it will be 4% of that concentration by the time it reaches the west coast.

    Starting with that large an initial area implies that the concentrations will already be low even before you get to 4%.

    Always good to read the paper and understand their assumptions.

  15. curlyq3 on Mon, 26th Aug 2013 3:39 pm 

    Hello diemos … I believe that your neglecting to factor that the releases have been continuos now for over 29 months and are showing to be more concentrated from their starting point … there is evidense of ongoing criticalities … sorry to hear your in the direct path also! … relatively speaking, this mess has just got started and I believe they will soon lose all the nuclear fuel inventory at Fukushima I’m afraid … curlyq3

  16. curlyq3 on Mon, 26th Aug 2013 3:49 pm 

    Hello again diemos … here is some transparency and education for all Peak Oilers to review … as you have stated “Our leaders seem to favor not bothering the electorate with things they are going to have a hard time understanding.” … it is more the case that our leaders are not looking out for our safety and these documents are the evidense of that … they need to be held accountable … curlyq3

    http://plumegate.wordpress.com/category/plume-gate/

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