The Science

The Science

The science bit: An introduction to atomic structure and nuclear reactions The atom consists of a nucleus and electrons in orbits surrounding the nucleus. The tiny electrons are packets of energy with a negative charge whereas the nucleus consists of two particles...
Physical Footprint comparison

Physical Footprint comparison

Physical Footprint comparison: nuclear, solar & wind The power density for nuclear is about 1000W/m2 compared with 2-3 W/m2 for wind and 100 W/m2 for solar (data taken from here). If the differences in capacity factors are taken into account these values suggest...
Nuclear Fears

Nuclear Fears

Radiation Radiation is ubiquitous. We are all constantly exposed to varying levels of ionizing radiation. It comes from natural radon gas (from decaying natural uranium in the ground), cosmic radiation (from the interaction between photons & alpha particles from...
Increased Capacity

Increased Capacity

Nuclear Lifetime Extensions and Uprating Plant lifetime extensions and retirements Most nuclear power plants originally had a nominal design operating lifetime of 25 to 40 years, but engineering assessments have established that many can operate longer. By the end of...

Mark Dawes – Waltham Forest and Redbridge Green Party

As a Green Party activist for over twenty years, I have always been anti-nuclear power believing the myths that nuclear power is dangerous, the waste problem was unsolvable, and it would lead to more nuclear weapons. But recently I have been looking at nuclear energy...