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PostPosted: Jul 29, 2009 6:44 pm 
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The heat quality from the spent fuel pool can not be used because of it's low quality (low temperature heat).


You'd be amazed at what some people can do with low quality heat! :wink:


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PostPosted: Aug 04, 2009 9:47 am 
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http://www.latimes.com/business/nationw ... 8113.story
It appears that EPR is the preferred design which is not surprising as it is EdF preferred design. Too bad that Italy with reprocessed plutonium available from their used fuel from UK, are not seriously considering a prototype TMSR, the French version of LFTR.


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PostPosted: Aug 04, 2009 3:37 pm 
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The WSJ Environmental Blog has an article expressing skepticism about the projected cost of $3,250 per KWH for the Italian reactor.

http://blogs.wsj.com/environmentalcapital/2009/08/04/italys-cheap-nuclear-renaissance/

I added a comment that the Chinese are building reactors based on western designs for less than $2,000.

Of course, like any big construction project, it all comes down to management. Does Italy have any history of actually bringing in projects in on time and on budget?


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PostPosted: Aug 04, 2009 3:41 pm 
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Not since the Colosseum ;-) Much of the money in construction projects in Italy is usually creamed off by the Mafia.


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PostPosted: Aug 04, 2009 5:04 pm 
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DaveMart wrote:
Not since the Colosseum ;-) Much of the money in construction projects in Italy is usually creamed off by the Mafia.


And that is also one of the reason that Italians are opposed to nuclear energy. In Italy there's already a problem with normal solid waste management. So they have little faith in the authorities to manage nuclear waste...

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PostPosted: Oct 12, 2009 12:25 pm 
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http://www.ne.doe.gov/newsroom/2009PRs/nePR093009.html

September 30, 2009 - United States and Italy Sign Nuclear Energy Agreements

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Italian Minister for Economic Development Claudio Scajola today signed two important nuclear energy agreements that may lead to construction of new nuclear power plants and improved cooperation on advanced nuclear energy systems and fuel cycle technologies in both countries.


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PostPosted: Jun 19, 2011 6:12 am 
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Who are the leading anti-nuclear campaigners in Italy (individual leaders, rather than organizations) by the way?


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