U.S. Nuclear Reactors Still Seen Vulnerable to Attacks
According to an independent study prepared for the Defense Department, commercial nuclear reactors in the U.S. remain vulnerable to terrorist attacks more than a decade after the 9/11 attacks actuated additional safety measures. After 2001 attacks, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission required all reactor-owners to bolster security. However, the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project at the University of Texas at Austin said in the report that the combined public and private security provided at the power plants are still inadequate to defend against maximum, credible, non-state threats.
Nevada Tribe Venture to Build 1.5 GW of Clean Energy Projects
The Moapa Band of Paiute Indians joined with Terrible Herbst Inc. and Stronghold Engineering Inc. to build as much as 1.5 GW of renewable-energy projects in the state of Nevada. The inaugural project will be a 250 MW solar farm in which the tribe will maintain majority ownership. The Moapa reservation, located 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas spanning 70,000 acres is more than sufficient to support the 1.5 GW of generation, says Sandy King, Stronghold’s director of renewable-energy project development. The tribe is also considering to replace a coal-fired plant with one that is fueled by natural gas.
Solarworld Anticipates Second-Half Upturn on Restructuring Deal
Solarworld CEO, Frank Asbeck sees the business to improve in the second half as the restructuring deal last week has boosted customers’ confidence. The deal will see shareholders lose 95 percent of their holdings and bring in a 35 million-euro investment from Qatar Solar S.P.C. While the solar market remains challenging, the agreement has sent out a positive signal, says Asbeck. The restructuring of Germany’s biggest solar-panel maker will be completed by the end of the year or early next year.
DEK and Yingli Collaborates on Centre for Solar Manufacturing Research
The UK’s DEK Solar and Chinas’s Yingli Group has announced that they will collaborate to build a solar technology research center intended to drive innovation and spur the next generation of talent in China’s solar market. The facility, named the Yingli Solar State Key Laboratory, will be built in Baoding, Hebei Province. Under the agreement, DEK will make its Apollo solar metallization platform available to the facility, and the two firms will jointly pursue further research and development. DEK’s Apollo platform features a breakage rate of less than 0.15 % and can process 1,450 wafers per hour.