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On Sunday, Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continued, with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion — nearly 75 percent — of the country’s overall electricity demand by midday. With wind and solar in particular filling such a huge portion of the country’s power demand, electricity prices actually dipped into the negative for much of the afternoon, according to Renewables International.
In the first quarter of 2014, renewable energy sources met a record 27 percent of the country’s electricity demand, thanks to additional installations and favorable weather. “Renewable generators produced 40.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, up from 35.7 billion kilowatt-hours in the same period last year,” Bloomberg reported. Much of the country’s renewable energy growth has occurred in the past decade and, as a point of comparison, Germany’s 27 percent is double the approximately 13 percent of U.S. electricity supply powered by renewables as of November 2013.
Observers say the records will keep coming as Germany continues its Energiewende, or energy transformation, which aims to power the country almost entirely on renewable sources by 2050.
strontium-90, which causes bone cancer, also shattered records with a reading of 1.2 million becquerels, the utility said of the sample.
originally posted by: wishes
a reply to: pheonix358
Yes, the lack of accountability by Tepco and Japan government is appalling - the only thing that makes it pale by comparison is the lack of outcry and action from the 'rest' of the world... But what can be expected, most people don't even know a third tower went down in 9-11... *sigh*
to all contributors both past and present!!! MUCH appreciated!
originally posted by: pheonix358
a reply to: wishes
As I have said on here many times, the reason for the ominous silence from the rest of the world is simply that ....
Fukushima reactor cover dismantling begins
Nuclear & Energy Oct. 21, 2014 - Updated 23:43 UTC-4
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has begun dismantling the cover of a reactor building to remove debris as part of preparations for removing the nuclear fuel from a spent fuel storage pool.
Tokyo Electric Power Company started the work on Wednesday at the No. 1 reactor building. The cover was installed after the 2011 accident to prevent the dispersal of radioactive materials.
Using a remote-controlled crane, workers made holes in the ceiling and sprayed chemicals to prevent dust from spreading. The utility plans to make a total of 48 holes and to spray chemicals for about a week.
Then, starting around October 30th, they will remove part of the ceiling to see whether any dust comes off.
The operator hopes to begin full-scale dismantling of the cover in March and complete the task in about a year.
It expects to start clearing the debris in 2016.
The operator says it will monitor the possible spread of radioactive materials and post the data on its website.
The dismantling of the cover was initially due to start in July of this year. But the utility deferred the work to come up with ways to ensure that radioactive materials do not spread.
When debris from another reactor building was removed last year, some feared that radioactive materials might have dispersed and contaminated nearby rice paddies.
The operator hopes to begin taking the fuel out of the storage pool at the No. 1 reactor building in fiscal 2017.
*The remaining 11 spent fuel assemblies including 2 leaking fuel assemblies and 1 deformed fuel assembly will be transferred once preparation is completed.
Civil plutonium stored over several years becomes contaminated with the Pu-241 decay product americium-241 (see page on Smoke Detectors and Americium), which interferes with normal fuel fabrication procedures. After long storage, Am-241 must be removed before the plutonium can be used in a MOX fuel fabrication plant because it emits intense gamma radiation (in the course of its alpha decay to Np-237).
(Are you listening zworld?)
originally posted by: Purplechive
Bitch and moan.
Re-post information and grievances.
Our collective, exemplary minds need to go beyond this.
So very grateful to all of you on this thread...a very erudite bunch of folks!! Please...let us start extrapolating a solution.
- Purple Chive