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NRC Issues Subsequent License Renewals for First Time to Nuclear Reactors in Florida

LCG, December 11, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff recently approved Florida Power & Light's (FPL's) application for an additional 20 years of operation for Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Units 3 and 4. This is the first time the NRC has issued renewed licenses authorizing reactor operation from 60 to 80 years. The subsequent (or second) license renewals (SLRs) for Turkey Point Unit 3 and Unit 4 now expire on July 19, 2052 and April 10, 2053, respectively.

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New York Poised to Close Last Coal-fire Power Plant

LCG, December 4, 2019--The last operating coal-fired power plant in New York is moving toward closure shortly. Last month, Somerset Operating Company, a subsidiary of Riesling Power LLC, submitted a request to the New York State Public Service Commission (NYSPSC) to waive the state's required, 180-day notice to close the Somerset Station, allowing the facility to be retired on February 15, 2020. Closure is contingent on approvals by both NYSPSC and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), which will evaluate if it will cause an adverse effect on grid reliability.

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Czech Military Tries a Fuel Cell in the Foxholes

LCG, Aug. 23, 2000--The Czech Ministry of National Defense has purchased a portable fuel cell for its army to try out in the field, according to Astris Energi Inc. whose subsidiary Astris S.R.O. of Benesov in the Czech Republic made the device.

Jiri K. Nor, Astris president, said the fuel cell was a self-contained system based on the companys alkaline fuel cell techniques. "It demonstrates the feasibility and practicality of small portable fuel cell systems, and also confirms the capability of Astris to fully engineer and produce fuel cell systems for use in the field," he said.

According to a company statement, the generator is fueled by gaseous hydrogen with air as the oxidizer. An integral hydrogen fuel tank with a capacity of 5.1 liters compressed to 3,000 pounds per square inch, provides 1.5 kilowatt-hours of electrical output. Refueling from a compressed hydrogen supply is done using a quick disconnect pressure port.

In the military, "in the field" means places where shot and shell fill the air and where the weather might not always be clement. Nor said the alkaline fuel cell had the advantage or being able to start andwork even in conditions of deep freeze, at temperatures down to minus 40 degrees centigrade. He claimed polymer membrane cells are either unable to function at such low temperatures or are irreversibly damaged.

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