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 […]

The cost of electricity from a new-nuclear build in SA under various assumptions

  Following an analysis of the cost of electricity from Eskom’s new-coal build programme in South Africa (Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power plants), several requests have been received for a similar analysis to establish the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) from the proposed 9,6 GW new-nuclear build programme in South Africa under various assumptions. This […]

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