Efficiency and environmental protection in coal-fired power stations

  The installation of a number of induced-draft (ID) fans ensure efficient and reliable operation at South Africa’s new large-scale coal-fired power plants, Medupi and Kusile. Ageing infrastructure and a lack of new power stations led to a steady reduction in reserve capacity in the South African electrical power grid, which led to forced shut […]

Nuclear power plants: electricity and drinking water

  Potable water is in short supply in many parts of the world. Lack of it is set to become a constraint on development in some areas. Nuclear energy is already being used for desalination, and has the potential for much greater use. Nuclear desalination is generally very cost-competitive with using fossil fuels. The International […]

The German nuclear programme of World War Two (Part 3)

  Nuclear power, which may be the cleanest and cheapest technology for the generation of large amounts of reliable electricity to meet the base load requirements of mines and other energy intensive industries, has an interesting history which dates back over 70 years. The first part of this article discusses the history of the discovery […]

The German nuclear programme of World War Two (Part 2)

  During early April 1939, Dr. Paul Harteck, a German physical chemist at the University of Hamburg, wrote one of the most important letters of that year [11]. Addressed to the Ministry of War, it was to result in a nuclear programme to develop the military applications of nuclear fission being formally established by the […]