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For solar technology, Australian govt backs nuclear company AREVA

short-listed for one of two projects to get substantial backing under the $1.5 billion solar flagships program….none of the big name US and Spanish proponents of the new generation solar tower technologies, such as BritghSource, e-Solar and Cobra, made the short-list.

The giant backing Australian solar,  Giles Parkinson |   Business Spectator, 12 May 2010, The French nuclear giant Areva might have made one of the deals of the year when it snapped up Ausra, the solar thermal energy company founded by Australian researcher David Mills.

Areva bought a cash-strapped Ausra for an estimated $US200 million in February and plans to use the technology to lead a major push into the solar thermal energy market, which it wants to dominate in the same way as it does the global nuclear industry.
The purchase has paid early dividends in Australia, with its technology being chosen for a $32 million grant to build a 23MW solar-boosting project for the coal-fired Kogan Creek power station in Queensland, and short-listed for one of two projects to get substantial backing under the $1.5 billion solar flagships program.
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As a sign of the government’s inherent conservatism on these matters, none of the big name US and Spanish proponents of the new generation solar tower technologies, such as BritghSource, e-Solar and Cobra, made the short-list.

The giant backing Australian solar | Giles Parkinson | Commentary | Business Spectator

May 12, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics, solar | , , , ,

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  1. Hi Christina. Women bare an unequal burden regarding the bilogical costs of nuclear industry. Project Sunshine reports from the era of nuclear testing confirmed the greater mobility of radiostrontium from bone to soft tissue, the fetus and human breast milk. That is but one example. And this mobility of Radio strontium was first documented in the early 1940s by Dr Charles Pecher.

    Project Sunshine showed that though the uptake of radiostrontium from bomb fallout was equal between genders, female human bones showed less radio strontium. Adult bone is one of the least radio sensitive tissue.

    Authorties point out cow’s milk contained radio strontium. Humans are mammals also. It was in human milk.

    In 1942 Pecher reported that orphaned suckling mice when given to radioactive surrogate mothers for nursing, became, in Dr Pecher’s words, “more radioactive than the mother.”

    The role of Vitamin D in calcium uptake and bone mineralisation was also explored by Dr Pecher, who, prior to his death in August 1942 (deemed suicide by barbituate overdose) determined that diets low in calcium increased radio absorption.

    Pecher worked at Lawrence’s radiation laboratory. He shared the facility with Drs Lawrence, Hamilton, Libby, Erf and Stone.

    The fore runner of Project Sunshine was Project Gabriel. Drs Lawrence, Hamilton, Libby and Stone virually ran the strontium uptake studies of these projects and used Pecher’s data in secret.

    Radio strontium is not a natural decay of uranium. It is a fission product. Reactors emit it.

    The story of Karen Silkwood, was a female radiation worker who should not be forgotten.

    The Silkwood film, featuring Cher with Meryl Streep portraying Karen Silkwood, can be downloaded in .avi format. Go to :
    http://www.general-search.com/go/327133213
    If that fails, go to general-search.com and search for Silkwood_novo.avi

    Alternately, the Cher fan blog at http://deusacher.blogspot.com/
    Follow the download link.

    Regards

    Paul
    More at my blog at http://nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/

    PS do a search for Vitamin D and breast cancer preventation.

    Sunshine is needed for the body to make Vitamin D. High serum levels of Vitamin D increasing calcium uptake. It is the mobility of Calcium across biological membranes in conjunction with high levels of Vitamin D which seems to be, perhaps, protective.

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    Comment by nuclearhistory | May 13, 2010 | Reply


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