Archive for the ‘Clean Energy Park’ Category

October 3, 2011 | 2:36 pm

Umatilla Tribe Considering Energy Development



Merv Tano’s comments about private-public-tribal energy partnerships describe a path forward for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indians in the northwest U.S. and other Indian tribes.

As detailed on his blog,

The Roundtable brought together high level tribal, industry, and other leaders and experts in the diverse fields of related to energy, environment, science and technology, research, workforce development, business development, and education in a series of facilitated dialogues to examine federal and corporate social responsibility policies to determine how such policies can support private-public-tribal partnerships to increase tribal participation in all facets of energy development.

Of particular interest was our presentation on AREVA Clean Energy Parks,

The parks concept, appropriately modified for tribal purposes, provide a conceptual framework to organize ongoing and future tribal energy activities and collaborative efforts in a wide range of research, training, generation and other arenas.

Read his entire post for more discussion.

July 25, 2011 | 4:45 pm

Focus on Fresno Clean Energy Park, Part 2

In the second part of this focus on the proposed Fresno Clean Energy Park, writer Barbara Lydick examines in more detail “a project that would help provide energy, water and a cleaner environment for the Valley.” The articles appeared in the Visalia (Calif.) Times-Delta newspaper.

Lydick begins by focusing on the need for water to support agriculture in California’s Central Valley. Agriculture is big business in California, representing over $36 billion in the state.

Increasing agriculture in the Central Valley requires a reliable supply of clean water, as Lydick notes, “the Clean Energy Park project provides a viable solution.” The solution is to desalinate the brackish water beneath the Valley’s surface, but this process requires significant power. “As electricity is the most expensive variable for desalinization, a cost-effective source for this would be nuclear power added to the planned solar plant,” she writes.

California currently has a moratorium on building new nuclear plants, but many view this as an outdated concept.

This prohibition presupposes no viable solution for nuclear waste. However, proven, technically sound and reliably safe solutions for radioactive waste have been around for more than three decades. But this issue is political, not technical, and has played nicely into the hands of anti-nuclear groups.

In addition, there is still support for nuclear energy among policymakers and others, even in California. Lydick cites California Gov. Jerry Brown who referred to nuclear energy as a green source and the Obama administration’s continued support for nuclear energy even in the wake of Fukushima.

Click here to read the full article and here to read about Part 1 of the focus on the Fresno Clean Energy Park.

July 19, 2011 | 3:17 pm

Creating Clean Water with Clean Energy in California

In an excellent article, Barbara Lydick examines California’s challenges of water scarcity, purity and recovery with insightful commentary and vision.

Fresno Clean Energy Park concept


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April 7, 2011 | 9:49 am

Nuclear + Renewables = Future

The Breakthrough Institute posted an insightful article, The Costs of Replacing Japan’s Nuclear Power, detailing Japan’s energy requirements and the subsequent, unreasonable physical infrastructure required by a matching amount of renewable energy sources, including:

Solar capacity required to replace Japan’s current nuclear fleet would cover roughly 1.3 million acres … roughly 52% of Japan’s total land area.

Wind turbines would require … 1.3 million acres for the entire wind farm. This represents over 50 percent of Japan’s total land area.

These unattainable land requirements are without advancing a single step toward Japan’s goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 25% by the year 2020 from 1990 levels. To accomplish this reduction goal without any nuclear power, BTI tallies up the additional renewable energy infrastructure land and cost requirements. In the event that Japan replaces nuclear-generated power with traditional coal and gas sources, the increase in carbon emissions is stifling.

We see these figures as clearly emphasizing the need for a cooperative, complimentary approach to phasing in more renewable and nuclear energy, while phasing out carbon-emitting sources. There is no either-or argument.

There is an example: AREVA’s Clean Energy Park business model pulls from our entire clean energy portfolio to tap regional resources: nuclear power, solar thermal power, offshore wind power, bioenergy power, and hydrogen power storage and distribution. Our project in California proposes, first, the installation of a 150-megawatt solar thermal field powering a desalination plant generating clean agricultural water and, second, the parallel development of a modern 1,650-megawatt Generation III+ EPR reactor.

It all adds up; nuclear and renewables are our low-carbon future.

February 22, 2011 | 6:13 pm

Oh the Reactor Possibilities

Last week in Canada, the ATMEA joint venture between AREVA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), has submitted the ATMEA1™ reactor for pre-project design review with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). The ATMEA reactor is a 1,100 Megawatt Generation III+ pressurized water reactor (PWR) using reliable and proven technology, developed by the partnership.

3D representation of the PWR reactor ATMEA1.

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December 29, 2010 | 10:00 am

2010 Blog Top 10: #3 Clean Energy Parks for California and Canada

AREVA signed agreements for development of two Clean Energy Park projects this year, including one in Fresno, Calif., and another in New Brunswick, Canada.

AREVA and Fresno Nuclear Energy Group announced an initial agreement in for Clean Energy Park at the beginning of the year and strengthened the partnership to bring nuclear power and renewable energy to the area with a Memorandum of Understanding in April (http://us.arevablog.com/2010/04/28/areva-and-the-fresno-nuclear-energy-group-move-closer-to-clean-energy-park/).

At the beginning of July, AREVA signed an agreement to develop a third Clean Energy Park project, this one for New Brunswick, Canada.

July 12, 2010 | 4:47 pm

Something Unexpected in AREVA’s Recent Announcement

by Curtis Roberts, Renewables Communications Manager, North America

AREVA’s recent agreement with the province of New Brunswick and the utility NB Power reveals an innovative approach to meeting current and future carbon-free energy demand.

As you would expect from AREVA, the agreement includes building a nuclear power plant, in this case, one of AREVA’s mid-sized light water reactor designs. What you may not have expected in the proposal is the generation of carbon-free power from two sources in AREVA’s renewable energy portfolio: offshore wind and forest energy.

You’re not familiar with AREVA’s renewable energy portfolio?

AREVA was the first company to develop and install 5 MW offshore wind turbines specifically designed to operate in the harsh sea conditions. AREVA is the global leader in developing and generating power from biomass energy sources. In solar thermal energy, AREVA’s CLFR technology was recently selected to build the world’s largest solar booster at a plant in Australia.

This marrying of nuclear and renewable carbon-free energy generation into a comprehensive AREVA Clean Energy Park is becoming the wave of the future, and is the third example of AREVA’s concept.

Back in April 2010, AREVA and the Fresno Nuclear Energy Group (FNEG) in California announced a Memorandum of Understanding to build a Clean Energy Park with an AREVA U.S. EPR™ nuclear plant, but also a solar plant to generate energy and power an onsite desalinization facility producing clean agricultural water.

In June 2009, AREVA joined with Duke Energy, USEC, UniStar Nuclear Energy, and the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI) in an ongoing Clean Energy Park proposal at a Department of Energy site in Ohio combining nuclear with biomass power from regional sustainable forest energy sources.

There’s another benefit with AREVA’s approach: regional economic stimulus. Along with energy, AREVA sees the Clean Energy Park concept as an effective producer of local investment and employment through construction activities, ongoing operations and domestic supply chain development.

As the challenge and demand for carbon-free energy continues to increase, the solution looks less like a single hammer response, and more like the toolbox of customized carbon-free sources in an AREVA Clean Energy Park.

July 9, 2010 | 5:16 pm

Echoes from New Brunswick

Here is some of the recent news and comments made about our announcement for a third Clean Energy Park yesterday.

AREVA Won’t Build a Prototype” from the New Brunswick Business Journal

Jacques Besnainou, chief executive officer of Areva Inc. in North America, was in Saint John Thursday to announce plans to examine the feasibility of building a reactor and creating a clean energy park here and sign a letter of intent with the province. He told the Telegraph-Journal that if the project ultimately goes forward, construction of a reactor will begin by around 2015. By that time, Areva will have completed third generation-plus reactors in Finland, France and China.

From the Telegraph Journal, Possible Lepreau 2 Good News, Say Business Groups

The prospect of a second nuclear reactor creating up to 8,500 direct and indirect jobs, investments in education and growth of the energy hub is good news for the region, business associations say. “We can see the lift that big projects have given to Saint John as a community,” said Mike Murphy, chairman of the Saint John Board of Trade.

“A project like this would bring additional jobs and wealth and prosperity to our community and help us sustain that core momentum,” he said.

From CBC News, AREVA, N.B. Reveal Nuclear Plans

“The New Brunswick government recognizes the integral role the energy sector has in growing our economy,” said [Premier Shawn] Graham in a media release.

“Although this announcement is just a first step, a project of this magnitude would create 8,500 direct and indirect jobs for New Brunswickers in all regions of our province.”

July 8, 2010 | 3:35 pm

AREVA Signs Agreement for Clean Energy Park in New Brunswick

In another significant move to develop solutions for CO2-free energy, AREVA has signed an agreement to develop a third Clean Energy Park project, this one for New Brunswick, Canada.

AREVA signed a letter of intent today with the Province of New Brunswick and New Brunswick Power to develop this project in the southern area near the Point Lepreau nuclear station.

As a Clean Energy Park, this project will consider featuring both AREVA’s nuclear and renewable energy technologies, similar to concepts already in discussions in Ohio and California.

Capitalizing on AREVA’s expertise and technological reliability, the agreement indicates this project would use latest generation III + reactor technology and could include renewable options offered by AREVA such as biomass, offshore wind, and concentrated solar power.

Just as in Ohio and California, the Clean Energy Park concept is an advantageous option for clean energy generation because it also would provide a major economic stimulus, estimated to create 8,500 direct and indirect jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars for the regional economy.

With this announcement, the Province of New Brunswick and New Brunswick Power join AREVA in leading the advancement of safe, reliable, clean energy technology for their community.

April 28, 2010 | 5:32 pm

AREVA and the Fresno Nuclear Energy Group Move Closer to Clean Energy Park

Today AREVA and the Fresno Nuclear Energy Group announced another important step toward building the nation’s most advanced Clean Energy Park to region near Fresno, California. AREVA and FNEG signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop the country’s most advanced Clean Energy Park in the state’s San Joaquin Valley.

Representation of a Clean Energy Park


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