Professor Christophe Poinssot from the French Atomic Energy Commission gives his view on the controversial area of whether energy generation should come from sources other than nuclear, in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.
Materials scientists face the challenge of devising a passive waste form for long-term immobilisation and disposal of the UK’s surplus separated plutonium. Daniel Reid and Neil Hyatt from the University of Sheffield, UK, outline the possibilities.
A joint research project between six UK universities is assessing the durability of materials for long-term nuclear power generation. Dr Aidan Westwood and Dr Andrew Scott from Leeds University, UK, highlight studies underway to investigate the long-term behaviour of graphite used in nuclear reactors.