Check out the live blogging from the Energy Inc Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina today from John Downey with the Charlotte Business Journal. Among the many CEO’s participating, AREVA’s Jacques Besnainou was part of the dialogue and share his thoughts on the need for recycling used fuel and importance of rebuilding the nuclear vendor supply chain in the United States.
Click here for more on the conversation on energy that took place today.
In an effort to support its rapidly growing project pipeline and technology deployment around the world, AREVA Solar announced this week Dr. Philip Gleckman has joined the company as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). He will lead AREVA Solar’s technology roadmap and manage research and development projects as the company continues to advance its Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) superheated solar thermal technology.
Dr. Gleckman brings a strong background in optical engineering to AREVA Solar. He previously served as a member of Google’s renewable energy research group, where he led the solar Brayton Cycle (operation of a gas turbine engine) receiver program. He also held an appointment as a visiting scientist in the Materials Science department at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Dr. Gleckman’s prior commercial solar energy experience includes management of the R&D groups at two Idealab companies.
AREVA Solar CEO Bill Gallo stated:
“AREVA Solar provides world-class concentrated solar power technology for a global customer base. Based on Dr. Gleckman’s previous success in developing leading-edge solar technology, we plan to put his knowledge to work for AREVA Solar as we continue to advance our CLFR technology and develop our rapidly expanding project pipeline.”
Gleckman will lead R&D efforts that will further enhance AREVA Solar’s CLFR offering – already the most land-efficient solar technology available on the market and a solution that can address the needs of both global power generation customers and industrial processes.
Out this week from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is their final report on “Future of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle.” (PDF Link) The conclusions asses a range of issues and questions related to the nuclear fuel cycle in the United States. While the full report is a little long to post here, we think that Davie Blee, Executive Director of the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (NIC), has an interesting take on the major conclusions of the study. Blee notes:
“The report comes at a pivotal time for the nuclear energy industry – not just in light of the recent Fukushima crisis emanating from twin natural disasters – but given what the report calls “major changes in the U.S. and the world.” These factors include the path forward for supporting nuclear energy due to climate change, projections for dramatic nuclear energy growth internationally and hopefully domestically, as well as major developments in U.S. fuel cycle policies, including the reversal of federal government initiatives for commercial recycling of used nuclear fuel and the national repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.”
The claims made by Jeff McMahon draw upon unqualified assessments made by Greenpeace and have little evidence to substantiate them. AREVA employees always strive to operate facilities with safety, security, and transparency as well as limit their impacts. The La Hague facility’s surrounding environment and population are subject to constant monitoring—under the supervision of the French Nuclear Safety Authority (an independent regulator akin to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission)—with updates and statistics provided to the general public almost daily. Click here for more information.
The facility has an ongoing policy for reducing the impact on health and on the natural environment, and AREVA makes major efforts in environmental monitoring with over a hundred samples and analyses are carried out every day. These include both marine sampling and land surveys. Click here for more information.
However far-fetched the claims made by McMahon, his post overlooks one important item—AREVA will provide a solution to treat most of the contaminated water from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. The contaminated water must be treated rapidly as it is preventing Tepco from repairing the power plant’s power supply and cooling systems. This is not a question of creating risk or hazard for the region, but is instead a solution that draws upon AREVA’s expertise for treating and managing these elements.
In reality a world free of nuclear power would be less secure. For the foreseeable future, neither fossil fuels nor renewable sources will be able to replace the 14 per cent of global electricity generated by nuclear reactors, without risking severe instability and shortages in energy markets. Put simply, energy security requires a diversity of sources, including nuclear.
During our Earth Day activities last week, we found these articles’ clear-eyed perspective on achieving a low-carbon energy future particularly encouraging. As we’ve noted before, nuclear energy is not the only solution for a low carbon future, but it is and will be part of the solution.
In the battle against cancer, AREVA Med is glad to announce the “public hearing” period for the construction of AREVA Med’s new lead-212 isotopes production facility was successfully completed on March 15, 2011. We are now on the threshold of constructing this unique facility at AREVA’s Bessines site in the Limousin region of France.
AREVA Med, an AREVA subsidiary, is dedicated to developing medical grade lead-212 isotopes to be used in promising radioimmunotherapy (RIT). Lead-212 is a rare radioactive isotope that lies at the heart of promising nuclear medical research to develop new cancer treatments.
Our 2nd Annual AREVA Earth Day Poster Contest for the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of our employees generated many colorful, creative entries depicting our theme “One AREVA, One Planet.”
As you can see in the four category-winning entries below, the youthful Clean Energy-generation understands the importance of protecting the planet by using low carbon energy sources. read more…
By Mary Beth Ginder, AREVA, Sustainable Development and Continuous Improvement
This year, hundreds of AREVA employees throughout the United States and Canada joined in the Earth Day spirit by participating in various “green” activities throughout the month of April.
AREVA recognizes that individuals play a critical role in identifying sustainability challenges and solutions. This year the goal was to support the integration of sustainability into everyday life by encouraging employees to adopt a Personal Sustainability Practice, or PSP. A PSP is any simple action, taken on a regular basis that is good for your health, your community and the planet, for example biking to work or switching to a non-styrofoam coffee cup. Employees from across the region have committed to PSPs that will have a positive social and environmental impact throughout the year. All employee PSPs will be registered as part of the Earth Day Network’s billion acts of green initiative.
Local outreach and volunteering are a part of our corporate citizenship activities in our communities, and during April that energy and engagement has been focused on supporting Earth Day 2011. Activities ranged from environmental clean-up, tree planting and electronics recycling to natural resource conservation and education, and have contributed to the environmental sustainability of the communities in which we live and work.
At AREVA, we believe that engaging in Earth Day activities promotes a sustainable culture at work and at home. Our 2nd annual Earth Day Poster Contest for the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of our employees generated many colorful, creative entries depicting our theme “One AREVA, One Planet.” The artwork reflects the next generation’s understanding of the importance of protecting the planet.
As a company committed to providing energy solutions with less carbon, while being socially responsible and respecting the environment, Earth Day 2011 is another way AREVA continues demonstrating our commitment to sustainable development.