ITV tells us about ITER, the man-made star that we all hope will solve the world’s unending demand for energy as the population grows larger and larger. ITER is the acronym for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor currently under construction in the south of France.  It’s seven partners (US,, Europe, China, India, Russia, South Korea and Japan) hope to demonstrate the first successful production of energy by nuclear fusion by the mid-2020s. For more on the promise of limitless, clean energy see the ITER website and The Guardian, When you wish upon a star: nuclear fusion and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

Meanwhile E&T brings us u-to-date on the current construction progress at ITER.

The foundations of the building that will house the world’s largest experimental tokamak fusion reactor ITER have been completed with work entering the second phase of construction. Workers at the Cadarache nuclear research facility in the south of France have started building walls around the large excavated area where a seven-storey building housing the ambitious project and related facilities will stand – another major milestone after the completion of the Tokamak Complex basement in August.

See also AZO BUILD, Construction Completed for Floor of 23,000t ITER Machine.

Scientific American says nuclear power needs to more than double by 2050 if the world is to have a chance of restraining global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius. This is the conclusion of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Nuclear Energy Agency in a recent report that examines what steps need to be taken to ensure the world has sufficient electric power to meet demand while reducing its carbon footprint. The IEA sees nuclear power as a stable source of low-carbon electric power helping to replace coal-fired plants.

To accomplish the needed CO2 emissions cuts to keep warming no greater than 2°C, the IEA says global nuclear power generation capacity needs to increase to 930 gigawatts from 396 gigawatts by 2050…Globally, nuclear energy is already making a comeback with 72 nuclear reactors now under construction worldwide, mainly in Asia.

See also renewablesbiz, Incentives for wind and nuclear energy needed

Reuters tells us 4 German electrical utilities are seeking billions of euros in damages from the government for its 2011 decision to shut down the country’s nuclear facilities.  The government ordered the shutdown in reaction to Japan’s Fukushima tragedy.

Germany’s big four utilities are seeking more than 24 billion euros ($27.21 billion) in various lawsuits related to the country’s nuclear policy, including its planned exit from of the technology completely by 2022.

From Business Standard we learn why India’s nuclear power output is surging. The country is on a path to double its nuclear power generation capacity to more than 10,000 megawatts (MW) over the next five years.

China Spectator writes about China’s nuclear growth. China is about to approve the development of several nuclear power plants along the country’s eastern coastline. The Asian country currently has 21 nuclear power units operating with a capacity of 19 gigawatts (GW) and wants to increase this threefold to 58 GW by 2020.

INQUISITR posts about China’s interest in mining helium-3 from the Moon to power nuclear fusion reactors on Earth.

China intends to build a mine on the moon to harvest Helium-3, a rare helium isotope…According to Ouyang Ziyuan, chief scientist of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, the moon is rich with Helium-3. Ziyuan says that mining the moon for the isotope could solve the world’s energy problems by providing renewable energy through nuclear fusion…

Scientists say that a mere 40 tons of Helium-3 harvested from the moon, (an amount that could be carried in the cargo bays of two space shuttles), could power the entire United States for over one year at its current energy consumption.

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