The dangers of extending the life of nuclear plants

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The existing nuclear power plants in Spain were originally built with a lifespan between 30 and 40 years, which means that its components were calculated to withstand the wear of operation during this period.
Currently, the nuclear industry is strongly pressing the government to get permission for continue operating the existing nuclear power plants for another 20 years, which mostly have already passed its lifespan or are about to do so. That is intended to make them work beyond their components can withstand only to increase their profits, increasing the risk of a serious nuclear accident in the country.
For more information on this subject we recommend to read an interesting article published by Pep Puig titled “Playing Russian roulette with nuclear”

Great success of the TE21 presentation in Atlàntida hall of Vic city

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Last 5th November our colleague, and vice president of CMES, Ramon Sans presented in Vic city, in the “Atlanta” hall, the Energy Transition for XXI century proposal -TE21-, emerged as result of the analysis of the energy situation and the energy evolution prospects. TE21 poses a gradual replacement of all fossil energy with renewable energy within a few decades, assessing the costs and benefits, and demonstrating that make this transition is possible, and it would be an important economic savings, and also showing that not make it will cause an energy collapse in less than 40 years due to fossil fuels exhaustion.
The presentation aroused much interest, and the hall was almost full, with about 600 attendees.
This interest shown by attendees during and after the talk excited Ramon Sans, particularly because Vic is his hometown.
The talk aroused the attention and interest of the participants, as was specially noted in the Question Time, which revealed the sensitivity and growing concern of the society with regard to both the environmental problem of the current energetic model and the need to tackle a new energetic model.
This talk was one more step in the CMES social communication of our concerns as a collective, and has obtained a social response that invites us to continue our work with more intensity.
After such success, Barbera del Valles has also organized a similar talk scheduled for next 26th May at the Public Library Esteve Paluzie. We invite you to attend this or any of the many talks organized by CMES, which you can know through the agenda of this blog, or through our Facebook.

We also thank Eduard Furro the press release and photographs taken on the occasion of this event.

CMES will present its TE21proposal to the Institute for Energy and Transport of the European Commission

The energy transition TE21 proposed by CMES, exposed in the book “ The Collapse is Avoidable ” edited by “Octaedro“, written by Ramon Sans, Vicepresident of CMES, in collaboration with Elisa Apulia, has sparket the interest of the “ Institute for Energy and Transport (IET) ” of the European Commission.
Therefore CMES has received, from said agency, a formal invitation for travel to the Head Offices of the EIT in the Netherlands, where Ramon Sans CMES and Carles Riba president, author of the book “ Energy Resources and Crisis ” crisis, also published by “ Octahedron “, will expose their research and findings.
The Institute for Energy and Transport (IET) provides scientific and technical support on energy policy makers in the European Union (EU), with special emphasis to the security of energy supply and to more sustainable, safer and cleaner energy production and use for the future.
The IET is one of the seven institutes of the “ Joint Research Centre ” (JRC) of the European Commission. The JRC is a reference center of science and technology for the EU, and counsel for the policies formulation, serving the common interest of the Member States, being independent of special interests, whether commercial or domestic.
The EIT is based both in Petten (Netherlands) and Ispra (Italy), and has a multidisciplinary team of more than 300 academic, technical and support staff.
CMES appreciate the IET interest for our proposals, and are glad that energy transition proposals as TE21will be studied independently and transmitted to both society and the political bodies, as it was CMES foundational interest.
We hope to publish in the near future the results of this experience.

A 100% renewable energy model is possible and cheaper

In a recent article published in the journal “El periódico de la energía”, the new sustainable energy model TE21, proposed by CMES, is analyzed from the point of view of its technological feasibility and its economic viability. All those who have read the book of our partner Ramon Sans, “The collapse is avoidable“, know the proposed new sustainable energy model TE21 of CMES, proposed as an alternative to the current model that leads inevitably to an energy, economic and social crisis in a few decades, due to the relentless increase in energy consumption, and the inevitable depletion of fossil energy reserves, subject brilliantly analyzed by Carles Riba, president of CMES, in his book “Crisis and energy Resources.”
Those books shows that replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy within a few decades, it is not only possible, it is cheaper than continue with de fossil energy and is also the only way to prevent a sudden collapse of our civilization.
So we invite you to read the quoted article of “El periódico de la energía” that you can find by following this link, and the books of Carles Riba and Ramon Sans. Also you can learn more about the proposed new energy model TE21 attending one of the many talks that CMES organizes periodically, and published on this blog agenda.

The energy transition tipping point

Over the last decades, renewable energies have matured, and its operating costs have been reduced.
At the same time the most profitable non-renewable energy sites have been depleted, and therefore its operating costs have increased. This trend is accelerating, and lead us to a tipping point, where the non-renewable energy becomes more expensive than renewable energy, thus eliminating the final barrier to its widespread implementation.
In a fascinating article, Chris Nelder (energy analyst and consultant) presents evidence that this tipping point has been reached, and the large non-renewable energy companies hegemony is about to wane.
As always we invite you to read this article.

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Fracking. Analysis report

From immediate results and questionable projections, diferent political, business and media authorities have presented the shale oil and fracking as a new era of fossil fuels.
From CMES we have proposed a calm, pragmatic and scientific analysis from this new technology, analyzing the pros and cons involved, from the energy, economic and ecological perspective.
As a result of this analysis, we generated a report, available here, where we present the main data available relating to fracking technology, andsome conclusions.
We invite you to see the report yourself and get your own conclusions.

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