Nuclear fusion startup test fires plastic waste-powered rocket

A UK company with lofty aspirations around sustainable space travel has test-fired a rocket engine powered in part by plastic waste. Pulsar Fusion’s hybrid rocket engine is part of an ambitious journey that also involves the development of nuclear fusion technology for high-speed propulsion, which could cut travel times to Mars in half. The idea … Read more

How nuclear is imposing itself in the 2022 presidential campaign

The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, during the presentation of the France 2030 investment plan, at the Elysée Palace, in Paris, on October 12, 2021. LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP While the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, has just announced the relaunch of the construction of the nuclear fleet and that energy prices are … Read more

These countries that continue to rely on nuclear power

The EDF nuclear power plant in Belleville-sur-Loire (Cher), October 12, 2021. BENOIT TESSIER / REUTERS March 2011: Fukushima disaster in Japan. Two months later, Angela Merkel takes into account the global stir. That year, the German Chancellor decided to accelerate the phase-out of nuclear power, already planned in the early 2000s and finally planned across … Read more

Cost, waste management, research… Eight questions around the nuclear revival

Geologist Audrey Guillemenet presents the radioactive waste management project of the Andra agency, in Bure (Meuse), October 28, 2021. FRANCOIS MORI / AP What place should France give to nuclear power in the context of its energy transition? By announcing, without venturing into details, Tuesday, November 9, his desire to relaunch the French nuclear program, … Read more

In Germany, the quest for carbon neutrality without nuclear power

The lignite-fired power station in Jänschwalde (Germany), September 24, 2021. PATRICK PLEUL / PICTURE-ALLIANCE / AFP It was one of the highlights of the summer 2021 election campaign. During a debate on television between the candidates for the chancellery, the leader of the conservative bloc, Armin Laschet, said: “It was a mistake to get out … Read more

Marine Le Pen asks Emmanuel Macron for a “moratorium on the dismantling” of the Fessenheim nuclear power plant

Marine Le Pen, November 12, 2021 in Paris, during the “made in France” show. CYRIL BITTON FOR “THE WORLD” Nuclear energy has not finished being at the center of the debates of the presidential campaign. Marine Le Pen asked, Monday, November 15, that Emmanuel Macron declares a moratorium on the dismantling of the nuclear power … Read more

In the United Kingdom, Rolls-Royce launches into nuclear “mini-power plants”

A nuclear reactor under construction at Hinkley Point C power station, near Bridgwater (southwest England), September 12, 2019. PETER NICHOLLS / REUTERS The EPR fiasco, that of Flamanville (Manche) in the lead, demonstrated it: new generation nuclear power plants are enormous, overpriced and plagued by repeated construction delays. To try to get around the problem, … Read more

Five months before the presidential election, Macron confirms his choice in favor of nuclear power

On the site of the EPR nuclear power plant in Flamanville (Manche), in 2016; it will not be operational before 2023. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP The main presidential candidates had already spoken out for or against the construction of new reactors. Five months before the election, Emmanuel Macron – who has not yet declared himself … Read more

The European Commission will have to decide if nuclear is a “green” energy

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, in Brussels on October 27. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AP Meeting in Brussels on October 21 and 22, European heads of state and government urged the Commission to decide, by the end of November, on the fate of nuclear and gas in the taxonomy, this classification economic … Read more

between nuclear and renewable energies, six scenarios for 2050

In the Chinon nuclear power plant (Indre-et-Loire), July 8, 2020. GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP It is an understatement to say that this work was expected, and that it will be commented on. The national manager of the Electricity Transmission Network (RTE) publishes, Monday, October 25, the main lessons of a vast study aimed at defining … Read more