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By C N Hill

Britain was once the 1st kingdom to take advantage of atomic strength on a wide scale, and at its height within the mid-1960s, it had generated extra electrical energy from nuclear strength than the remainder of the realm combined.

The civil atomic power programme grew out of the army programme which produced plutonium for atomic guns. In 1956, Calder corridor energy station was once opened through the Queen. The very subsequent yr, one of many early Windscale reactors stuck fireplace and the world's first significant nuclear twist of fate occurred.

The civil programme bumped into extra hassle within the mid-1960s and as a result of procrastination within the decision-making strategy, the programme misplaced momentum and successfully died. No nuclear energy stations were outfitted because Sizewell B within the past due 1980s.

This booklet offers a learn of presidency papers that experience lately develop into on hand within the public area. For the 1st time in historical past, the study reactor programme is gifted intimately, in addition to a learn of the decision-making via the govt., the Atomic power Authority (AEA), and the crucial electrical energy Board (CEGB). This e-book is geared toward either experts in nuclear energy and the public as a technical historical past at the improvement and supreme failure of the British atomic strength programme.


  • Introduction
  • Atomic Physics
  • People and Places
  • The British construction Piles
  • The British Bomb
  • The Windscale Incident
  • The quickly Reactor
  • PIPPA and Calder Hall
  • CTR and ZETA
  • Research Reactors
  • The Magnox Stations
  • The moment strength Programme: The Alternatives
  • The complicated Gas-Cooled Reactor
  • The SGHWR
  • DRAGON and the HTR
  • Atomic strength at Sea
  • Finale

Readership: Readers with an curiosity within the heritage of atomic strength within the UK.

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