Thursday, 25 November 2010
Posted by Reg Illingworth at 09:43
Many thanks for your email. In response I can confirm that Horizon Nuclear Power is committed to developing its proposed new nuclear power station on the land we have acquired adjacent to the existing power station at Oldbury. It is this site that was nominated into the Government’s Strategic Siting Assessment (SSA) process which led to its subsequent inclusion in the draft National Policy Statement (NPS). Therefore we are not seeking an alternative site.
The initial ground investigations last year revealed nothing to suggest that a new nuclear power station could not be built on the site.
Planning & Consents Manager - Oldbury
Horizon Nuclear Power
From: reg illingworth [email@example.com]
Sent: 18 November 2010 22:56
To: Samantha Stagg
Cc: Oldbury Enquiries
Subject: Poor land at Shepperdine
It has been brought to our attention that the ground at the proposed site is very poor and therefore Horizon Nuclear Power are looking to buy land on the opposite bank where the ground is considered to be better (rock)
It is known that Hydrock drilled to a depth of 200m last year and took core samples which were viewed and witnessed by residents of Shepperdine.
The quality of the mercia mudstone was very weak.
Can you please provide responses so we can publish this in the SANE blog.
Posted by Reg Illingworth at 07:06
An Energy [R]evolution is not just possible, it's already happening. Here's a few amazing facts about renewable energy that the world ought to know.
|Solar photovoltaic could account for 5% of global power demand by 2020, and up to 9% by 2030|
|Google is planning to build an offshore wind superhighway that will supply 1.9 million households..|
|West Virgina could replace all its electrical capacity with just 2% of its geothermal power potential..|
|The world's largest offshore windfarm is made of 100 turbines & supplies enough power for 200,000 homes.|
|Subsidies to fossil fuels worldwide outweigh renewable energy support by a ratio of 12:1.|
|Wind could meet 12% of global power demand by 2020, and up to 22% by 2030..|
|On November 9th, 2009, Spain generated more than half its electricity demand with wind power.|
|A project is underway 2 deliver one sixth of Europe's electricity fm solar plants in the Sahara by 2050.|
|Price Waterhouse Cooper says Europe and North Africa could run on 100% renewable energy by 2050.|
|China built (roughly) one windmill an hour in 2009.|
|Wind overtook coal as the third-largest producer of power in Spain in 2009.|
|The annual market for renewable technology will rise fm appx US$100 billion today, to $600 bn+ by 2030.|
|Europe DECOMMISSIONED more coal, fuel oil and nuclear capacity than it installed in 2009.|
|Solar energy is now working at night on a commercial scale. A plant in Spain has seven hours of heat storage.|
|The global financial crisis didn't stifle the US wind power market: it grew by 39% in 2009.|
|China become the largest investor in clean energy in 2009, investing $16 billion more than the US.|
|Concentrated Solar Power plants focus the suns rays with mirrors at temperatures which melt steel.|
|The world's largest wind farm is in Texas.|
|Geothermal power provides 10% of New Zealand's electricity needs.|
|Iceland's power supply went from 75% imported coal to more than 80% local geothermal and hydro in 30 years.|
|In the space of just 5 years, Portugal's electric grid leapt from 15% to 45% renewables.|
|Concentrated Solar Power could employ 200,000 people by 2020, 2.1 million by 2050.|
Posted by Reg Illingworth at 06:59
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
China nuclear body recommends 2020 target of 70 GW
BEIJING | Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:32am GMT
Nov 24 (Reuters) - The China Nuclear Energy Association has recommended the government adopt a 2020 target of 70 gigawatts of nuclear power capacity, but companies in the sector are pushing for more, association Vice-Chairman Zhao Chenkun told Reuters on Wednesday.
China is expected to unveil a development plan for its alternative energy sector in coming months, updating 2020 targets for nuclear energy, and renewables such as hydropower and wind.
The country's rapid expansion of nuclear energy means it is expected to easily surpass the existing target of 40 GW, and officials have said the government could raise that to 80 GW or more. [ID:nTOE68F079] (Reporting by David Stanway; Editing by Chris Lewis)
Let us all hope the operators and health and health and safety people have excellent manuals to work with.
At least we know North Korea will not nuke the Chinese!
Posted by Reg Illingworth at 10:01