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EDF's Flamanville nuclear power plant in France, Rosatom



POWER HUNGRY - Although some countries act as though there is no energy crisis, in fact they have departments for such matters, that are there to advise for how much longer they can abuse their positions in world politics, to take advantage of other countries and keep on killing species and warming the planet - before their kleptocratic inclinations are compromised. The fact is, we don't need or want nuclear power polluting our planet with radioactive waste for hundreds of thousands of years, where it is impossible to manage storage for so long. Mainly because the companies that are supposed to guarantee our safety, will cease to exist. Indeed, they will seek to shift contracts to third parties to escape liability, with no security bonds in place should (and it will) that happen - because negligent governments (on the take) are allowing them to escape such essential clauses - or the projects would almost surely be deemed economically inequitable. In other words, the taxpayer will be footing the cleanup bill for the next couple of hundred years. Such burden in terms of taxes is unsustainable, adding to the cost of nuclear energy by the back door.


EDF's Flamanville nuclear power plant in France, which is due to be commissioned in 2022 at a cost of €12.4bn -- 15 years after construction began and €9.1bn over the initial budget





RECHARGE 28 APRIL 2021 - Atomic giants EDF and Rosatom push plan to sell nuclear-powered hydrogen as 'green' Labelling nuclear hydrogen as green is likely to cause irritation among countries without atomic power or exiting it

French and Russian state-owned nuclear energy giants EDF and Rosatom have teamed up to develop low carbon hydrogen projects in Russia and Europe in order to decarbonise mobility and industrial sectors - but their labelling of H2 produced from nuclear power as ‘green’ is likely to cause irritation elsewhere in Europe.

As part of a strategic cooperation agreement signed last month, the hydrogen is slated to be produced both from nuclear power and from methane conversion linked to carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. [We all know what happens when CCS is invoked, they use it to mitigate to get permissions and start operations, but then renege on the CCS] 

“We believe in the future of hydrogen as an energy source and in Russia's strong export potential in this field - especially considering its rich natural resources, technologies, industries and energy sector,” said Kirill Komarov, first deputy director general for corporate development and international business at Rosatom.

“Rosatom systematically develops carbon-free energy generation, and our projects aren’t limited by our extensive capacity in nuclear. … I am sure our collaboration with EDF will result in significant synergies and will enable us to conduct joint hydrogen projects, not only in Russia and France but also worldwide."

The two companies call the hydrogen thus produced ‘green hydrogen’ although nuclear hydrogen is often [no actually, always] referred to as ‘pink hydrogen’ and fossil H2 linked to CCS is called ‘blue hydrogen.’ 'Green hydrogen' commonly is defined as H2 made from renewable power sources only.




Sizewell C artists impression, proposed nuclear power station




Any massive use of nuclear hydrogen on an EU level is strongly opposed by countries without atomic power, or exiting it, such as Germany and Austria. Andreas Feicht, secretary of state in Germany’s economics and energy ministry, at a late-2020 virtual conference on hydrogen organised by his ministry stressed nuclear is not an option for Germany’s energy system or for the production of hydrogen.

The French government (backed by some Eastern European countries), by contrast, is trying to push nuclear hydrogen and wants it to be entitled for state support, which would be a way to use French or EU funds to help its highly-indebted nuclear utility EDF and give new life to its ageing nuclear fleet.

"EDF's raison d'être is to build a net zero energy future with electricity and innovative solutions and services, to help save the planet and drive well-being and economic development,” said Béatrice Buffon, group executive vice-president in charge of EDF’s International Division. [Net zero carefully avoids 'pollution,' where radioactive waste is the issue, plus 100,000 hundred thousand years storage management plans that are impossible to secure]

“The agreement with the Rosatom Group, our historical partner in Russia and one of the country's key players in the field of decarbonised hydrogen, illustrates EDF's desire to develop a new energy model with lower CO2 emissions wherever we operate."

The two nuclear companies didn’t provide more detail on specific projects being studied.




Hitachi scrapped plans for a £20billion pound nuclear site at Wylfa, Wales, in 2020







In the short term we are reliant on fossil fuels to take us into a sustainable age where a circular economy is recognized as essential to harmonious living. Long-term measures to increase energy security center on reducing dependence on any one source of imported energy, increasing the number of suppliers, exploiting native fossil fuel or renewable energy resources, and reducing overall demand through energy conservation measures.


We might also enter into international agreements to undermine fossil fuel energy trading monopolies and assure that everyone has the right to cheap and clean renewable energy, with the need to transport imports.


Those who held the power and wealth should consider re-investing in alternatives as they head towards the sustainable economics of zero growth.


The deployment of renewable energy technologies increases the diversity of electricity sources and contributes to the flexibility of an international infrastructure system and its resistance to central shocks, especially where off-grid installations are widely deployed, but can be grid connected.


It is likely to be that at some point in the future we will no longer need power stations that run on coal, oil or nuclear fuels. We will have dragged ourselves out of the fossil fuel cesspit and taken power generation from the fortunate few who profit from geological deposits, to the masses who only need a space to mount the harvesting medium for energy independence.


For those countries whose reliance on imported gas is a significant energy security issue, renewable technologies can provide a level playing field.

As the fossil resources that have been so crucial to human advancement start declining in numbers, countries will be glad that they changed over to renewable energy. When it comes to decommissioning a nuclear power plant, or when waste material escapes into the environment, the nuclear lobby may want to think again.






















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