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Shaved Monkey wrote: are the prices going up or down?
are German Power companies nationalised or private?
Conditions at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are far worse than its operator or the government has admitted, according to freelance journalist Tomohiko Suzuki, who spent more than a month working undercover at the power station.
"Absolutely no progress is being made" towards the final resolution of the crisis, Suzuki told reporters at a Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan news conference on Dec. 15. Suzuki, 55, worked for a Toshiba Corp. subsidiary as a general laborer there from July 13 to Aug. 22, documenting sloppy repair work, companies including plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) playing fast and loose with their workers' radiation doses, and a marked concern for appearances over the safety of employees or the public.
NEC to Cut 10,000 Jobs on Forecast of Third Loss in 4 Years
By Kazuyo Sawa and Cheng Herng Shinn / Bloomberg / January 26, 2012
... “The job cuts announced today are bigger than expected,” said Yuichi Ishida, an analyst at Mizuho Investors Securities Co. in Tokyo. ...
Reports: Japan’s TEPCO to Receive Massive State Bailout
Voice of America / January 26, 2012
News reports say the Japanese government is prepared to bailout the owner of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant for $13 billion. ...
Researchers working around Japan's disabled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant say bird populations there have begun to dwindle, in what may be a chilling harbinger of the impact of radioactive fallout on local life.
In the first major study of the impact of the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years, the researchers, from Japan, the US and Denmark, said their analysis of 14 species of bird common to Fukushima and Chernobyl, the Ukrainian city which suffered a similar nuclear meltdown, showed the effect on abundance is worse in the Japanese disaster zone.
The study, published next week in the journal Environmental Pollution, suggests that its findings demonstrate "an immediate negative consequence of radiation for birds during the main breeding season [of] March [to] July".
Tokyo Electric Power Co. reported a spike in temperature in the No. 2 reactor at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Feb. 5, forcing it to increase the volume of cooling water there as a precautionary step.
TEPCO said cooling water may not have reached part of the fuel in the reactor’s pressure vessel while it switched to different piping for injecting water and changed the volume of water.
According to TEPCO, a thermometer at the bottom of the pressure vessel measured 71.7 degrees as of 4 p.m. Feb. 5, up from 52 degrees on Feb. 1.
However, readings at two other thermometers installed at the same height in the reactor have remained stable at around 45 degrees.
Radiation levels have shown no changes within the Fukushima No. 1 plant.
The amount of cooling water was increased by 1 ton per hour to 9.6 tons, and the temperature fell to 69.4 degrees as of 5 p.m
On the press conference of 2/6/2012 PM, Tepco announced they are going to add 960 Kg of boric acid tonight in JST.
They increased the amount of water to inject to reactor 2, but it’s still 70.6℃ at 5:00AM on 2/6/2012.
Tepco has started analyzing the gas to publish the data on 2/7/2012.
For the brief report, the amount of Xe135 is ND, (≦ 1Bq/cm3) which denies the possibility of recriticality.
However, they are going to inject 960 kg of boric acid and increase the amount of water by 3 tones.
The reason why they need to add boric acid is not explained.
Japan''s government will measure radiation levels around the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant as a step toward revising the no-fly zone over the site. No aircraft has been allowed to fly within a 20-kilometer radius of the plant since the nuclear accident, according to Japan''s (NHK WORLD) website.
Japanese government says it will revise the no-fly zone as it confirmed in December that the nuclear reactors have now reached a state of cold shutdown.
Starting Monday and continuing for several days, helicopters flying at an altitude of about 300 meters will collect air samples around the plant to measure radiation levels.
M_B_S wrote:France nuclear electricty situation is very critical!
Price for MWh @ EEX explodes to 600€ / Mwh
http://www.eex.com/en/Market%20Data/Tra ... %20Auction
A MEGA BLACK OUT is possible!
Nuclear energy is not a save haven it is a nightmare.
Acute worldwide uranium shortage after 2013 will follow. Thats the real reason why Germany switches to renewable energy.
http://news.yahoo.com/uk-briefly-france ... 56674.html
"The worst case scenario would be if the German network encounters problems, but this is unlikely as Germans mainly use gas for heating," Besson added.
France, the world's most reliant country on nuclear energy, is forecast to import around 6,500 MW on Monday evening, after subtracting exports to Switzerland, including 2,000 MW drawn from Britain and 1,800 MW from Germany.
cephalotus wrote:To me it is amazing that electric heating seem to be not controlably by the utitilties in France.
In Germany you can switch off heat pumps for 2 hours a day. (you have a slight cost advantage for this)
So instead of a blackout I would suggest to switch off the heating. Better to have 2°C less in your home than no electricity at all.
PrestonSturges wrote:There are large high quality uranium deposits in central Virginia, but the local Republican fox and hound set with their $100,000 an acre horse ranches would rather see drilling off Florida's beaches.
Serial_Worrier wrote:PrestonSturges wrote:There are large high quality uranium deposits in central Virginia, but the local Republican fox and hound set with their $100,000 an acre horse ranches would rather see drilling off Florida's beaches.
You do realize that the age of aristocracy ended in 1918?
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501) said the temperature in one of the damaged reactors at its Fukushima nuclear station rose to levels above safety limits even as it injected increased amounts of cooling water.
One of three thermometers indicated the temperature at the bottom of the No. 2 reactor pressure vessel rose to 93.7 degrees Celsius (200.7 Fahrenheit) today, higher than the 80 degrees limit, Ai Tanaka, a spokeswoman for the utility known as Tepco, said by phone today.
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