When a year has passed since the accident at the Japanese nuclear power plant, the international nuclear calendars have taken different paths. Countries like Germany, Belgium and Italy have chosen to abandon this type of energy. But others, like China, India, Russia and the U.S. are committed to the nuclear and have already announced the construction of new power
(Construction of the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant in Finland. Picture: BBC World Service.)
“Until Fukushima talked openly of a nuclear renaissance, but the accident had a very strong impact on public opinion and created a collective psychosis with profound consequences,” said Alejo Vidal-Quadras, vice president of the European Parliament, during a conference organized this month by the Spanish Nuclear Society (SNE).
The accident that occurred on March 11, 2011 in central Fukushima-Daiichi Japanese not only shocked the world public opinion, also disrupted the plans of the global nuclear industry.In Europe, for example, the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel canceled the plan to extend the life of German nuclear power plants and established in 2022 as the year of closure of all facilities currently in operation.
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A team of Spanish university is building a submarine that will compete in the prestigious international competition RoboSub. The device, dubbed “Isaac Peral y Caballero ‘, incorporates technology never before seen in the tournament. Next July 16 will face the devices in the world’s best universities.
Students of the UNED, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and the Complutense University are building the submarine ‘Isaac Peral y Caballero’. Named after the Spanish inventor, the unit will participate in international competition RoboSub , which will take place on July 16 in San Diego (USA).
They face off with top universities worldwide. “We have universities that are among the top 100 worldwide,” explains Julio Guillen, a student of Computer Systems Engineering, UNED and Software team leader of the project. “We are the first Spanish team to compete,” he adds.
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