Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news December 2011

Thin-Film - Fast Developing Solar PV Technology Market


  • Thin-Film - Fast Developing Solar PV Technology Market

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands - The global solar Photovoltaics (PV) market is dominated by silicon-based technology. Thin-film technology evolved from the early 2000s, but production remained marginal until 2006. Further, the crystalline silicon PV supply experienced a polysilicon shortage and became prohibitively expensive, thereby shifting the focus of solar PV module manufacturers towards thin-film module technology. Thin-film modules, benefiting from advancing technologies, have since experienced increased market presence in the solar PV market, growing from 8% in 2006 to 17% in 2010.

    Global Thin-Film Market Volume to be More Than 15GW by 2020

    Source: globalenergywatch.com


 

New Fukushima Probe Promises to Dig Deeper Into Nuclear Crisis


  • New Fukushima Probe Promises to Dig Deeper Into Nuclear Crisis

    Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) -- The head of Japan’s latest investigation into the Fukushima nuclear disaster promised to dig deeper than previous inquiries into the events that unfolded after a earthquake and tsunami struck the country in March.

    A government investigation concluded last month that the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant withstood the shaking of a magnitude-9 quake on March 11, before succumbing to the tsunami that followed, endorsing findings by Tokyo Electric Power Co. Three reactors had meltdowns after cooling and backup power was knocked out at the plant in the worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl in 1986.

    Source: businessweek.com


 

Momentous Breakthroughs Announced During Anniversary E-Cat Interview


  • Momentous Breakthroughs Announced During Anniversary E-Cat Interview

    In a landmark interview, Andrea Rossi, the inventor of the E-Cat (cold fusion energy catalyzer), announced many breakthroughs in the development of his technology, answered a wide range of questions, and shared many details regarding the upcoming ten kilowatt heat unit for home use.

    Source: beforeitsnews.com


 

City to sell megafloat to Tepco


  • City to sell megafloat to Tepco

    SHIZUOKA — The city of Shizuoka said Monday it will sell its megafloat, a floating storage platform being used to transfer radioactive water at the troubled Fukushima No. 1 power plant, for some ¥510 million to Tokyo Electric Power Co.

    The city provided the steel platform, which was originally used for fishing, to Tepco for free last April. The utility has been using it since June as temporary storage site for tainted water removed from the stricken plant.

    Source: japantimes.co.jp


 

TEPCO submits results of first stress test


  • TEPCO submits results of first stress test

    Tokyo Electric Power Company has submitted to the government the results of stress tests on 2 nuclear reactors along the Japan Sea coast.

    TEPCO handed over to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency on Monday test results of the No.1 and No.7 reactors at the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture.

    It says the tests show that the facilities are capable of surviving an earthquake 1.3 times the strength the plant was designed to withstand. It also says it could endure a tsunami of up to 15 meters - nearly five times that of the safety standard set by the company.

    webmasters comment:

    more tepco fairytales

    Source: nhk.or.jp


 

Radiation-dispersal data was provided to U.S. before Japanese public


  • Radiation-dispersal data was provided to U.S. before Japanese public

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's science ministry provided data on the dispersal of radioactive materials to U.S. forces a few days after the nuclear crisis erupted at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, far earlier than the disclosure of the information to the Japanese public, a ministry official said Monday.

    The revelation came amid criticism that the government's delay in releasing data from the System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information may have resulted in the unnecessary radiation exposure of people who later evacuated from their homes around the plant.

    The data was provided to U.S. forces via the Japanese Foreign Ministry on March 14, three days after a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered the nuclear crisis, according to Itaru Watanabe, an official of the Science and Technology Policy Bureau of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Government tries to find structures where radioactive gravel was used


  • Government tries to find structures where radioactive gravel was used

    The national government will try to find all structures where 5,200 metric tons of highly radioactive gravel from near the crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant was used and measure the radiation levels there, it has been learned.

    The gravel is thought to have made its way to around 200 construction-related businesses. The company that mined the gravel kept it in the town of Namie, which was marked for evacuation. Before the designation on April 22, the company shipped the gravel to 19 companies, from which it spread to well over a hundred others.

    The national and Fukushima prefectural governments have begun investigating whether irradiated materials from other mining businesses may have also been shipped. According to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), there are three mining companies near areas recommended to evacuate because of high radiation levels, and it will look into whether there were shipments made after the nuclear disaster began and measure radiation at the mining sites. If high radiation is found, it will request a stop to shipments.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Concrete material distribution to be probed


  • Concrete material distribution to be probed

    Japan's central government and Fukushima Prefecture plan to investigate the distribution of gravel from quarries possibly tainted with radiation from the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

    The move comes after higher-than-usual levels of radioactive cesium were detected in concrete used in the construction of an apartment building in Nihonmatsu City.

    The concrete was made from crushed stone from a quarry in Namie town, which was designated as an evacuation zone following the nuclear accident.

    Source: nhk.or.jp


 

Three new biomethane projects in Germany


  • Three new biomethane projects in Germany

    The Swedish company Malmberg Water AB working in the area of upgrading biogas to biomethane has sold more than 60 plants in Europe and started up more than 40 plants.

    Now it is time for three new projects in German Hage , Vettweiss and Brumby.

    Biogas to biomethane in Hage

    350 Nm3 biomethane per hour will be injected into the German gas grid starting in spring 2012 in the village Hage just close to the coast of the North Sea. Malmberg participates in this project by delivering the biogas upgrading Malmberg COMPACT GR and waste gas cleaning equipment. Owner of the biogas installations is the agri.capital group, which already has bought 6 Malmberg COMPACT GR. The agri.capital group is one of the leading biomethane producers in Germany. The first plant installed for the agri.capital group was in December 2007 in Könnern and was at that time the biggest biomethane plant in Germany.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com


 

TEPCO announces 17% rise in electricity charges for companies


  • TEPCO announces 17% rise in electricity charges for companies

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it will seek an average 17 percent rise in electricity charges for corporate users to finance growing fuel costs stemming from boosting thermal power generation in the wake of the disastrous accident at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

    The electricity rate hikes, which take effect April 1, will affect some 240,000 contracts for 50 kilowatts or more, and boost revenue at the company known as TEPCO by 400 billion yen annually.

    Source: english.kyodonews.jp


 

Tohoku Electric Borrows Y120bn In Syndicated Loans



 

Japan's first reactor stress tests reach key stage


  • Japan's first reactor stress tests reach key stage

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's panel of experts is due to review the nuclear watchdog's first report on reactor stress tests on Wednesday in an important step in efforts to rebuild public trust shattered by the Fukushima crisis and restart idled reactors.

    An official at the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) told Reuters it is preparing a report on its findings based on tests run by Kansai Electric Power Co on its Ohi on its No.3 and No.4 reactors. The panel's approval would pave the way for further review by Japan's Nuclear Safety Commission, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and relevant cabinet ministers.

    webmasters comment:

    Stress tests in Japan are based on EU tests and are therefore useless and a foreknown whitewash. That is seen from the fact that the french are investing almost a billion per powerplant in safety upgrades while several EU countries have passed the stress tests with NPP's in much worse condition than most french.

    Source: af.reuters.com


 

(Eds: Updates with details and statistics on coal vs. natural gas plants, examples of companies' actions, comment from industry experts, background.)


  • (Eds: Updates with details and statistics on coal vs. natural gas plants, examples of companies' actions, comment from industry experts, background.)

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The huge, belching smokestacks of electric power plants have long symbolized air pollution woes. But a shift is under way: More and more electric plants around the nation are being fueled by natural gas, which is far cleaner than coal, the traditional fuel.

    The most optimistic projections describe an abundant domestic energy source that will create enormous numbers of jobs and lead to cleaner skies.

    Nationwide, the electricity generated by gas-fired plants has risen by more than 50 percent over the last decade, while coal-fired generation has declined slightly. The gas plants generated about 600 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2000 and 981 billion hours in 2010, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency.

    During the same period coal generation declined from 1,966 billion hours to 1,850 billion hours, while hydroelectric and nuclear generation stayed about the same. The figures include electricity use by consumers and industry.

    Source: masslive.com


 

Qualcomm's HaloIPT tech brings wireless charging for EVs


  • Qualcomm's HaloIPT tech brings wireless charging for EVs

    (PhysOrg.com) -- Qualcomm has demonstrated its new wireless power transmission system for electric vehicles (EVs) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The system, including one pad for power transmitting, another for power-receiving, and control unit, uses the inductive transfer method to charge an EV. The chip-maker’s technology, Inductive Power Transfer (IPT), has a technology history that rests with the company that it acquired in November, HaloIPT. The latter, which made a name for itself in developing wireless charging technology for EVs, was a spinoff from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

    Source: physorg.com


 

FUKUSHIMA: Radioactive Houses and Roads in Japan. Radioactive Building Materials Sold to over 200 Construction Companies


  • FUKUSHIMA: Radioactive Houses and Roads in Japan. Radioactive Building Materials Sold to over 200 Construction Companies

    The Japanese government is investigating the distribution of crushed stones that may contain radioactivity from the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It has found that concrete made of the stones has been sold to more than 200 firms.

    The probe comes after radioactive cesium was detected in a new apartment building in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture where the concrete was used. Readings of up to 1.24 microsieverts per hour have been recorded inside the building which is higher than outside.

    The gravel comes from a quarry in Namie that was designated as an evacuation zone in April.

    The quarry operator says it shipped more than 5,000 tons of crushed stones to 19 firms in the weeks after the accident. The government has set no limit on radiation in stones and sand used for construction even after the nuclear accident.

    Source: globalresearch.ca


       

Concrete sold to over 200 firms may be tainted


  • Concrete sold to over 200 firms may be tainted

    The Japanese government is investigating the distribution of crushed stones that may contain radioactivity from the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It has found that concrete made of the stones has been sold to more than 200 firms.

    The probe comes after radioactive cesium was detected in a new apartment building in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture where the concrete was used. Readings of up to 1.24 microsieverts per hour have been recorded inside the building which is higher than outside.

    Source: nhk.or.jp


 

Temperature Remains High at Reactor 2 Pressure Vessel at #Fukushima I Nuke Plant


  • Temperature Remains High at Reactor 2 Pressure Vessel at #Fukushima I Nuke Plant

    It went as high as 142 degrees Celsius on January 14 before it came down to 138 degrees Celsius on January 15 at "CRD Housing Upper Part" of the Reactor Pressure Vessel of Reactor 2 at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

    Looking at the numbers, erratic movement started on January 12 when the temperature at the location jumped from 48.4 degrees Celsius at 5PM to 102.3 degrees Celsius at 11PM. TEPCO says it's just malfunctioning, but the temperature had been stable up to that point.

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com


 

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