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Canadian partnership announces SMR fuel research

Canadian partnership announces SMR fuel research

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has agreed to collaborate with USNC-Power, a subsidiary of Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC), on research in support of USNC's Micro Modular Reactor. The project will also include preliminary activities to explore the feasibility of siting a manufacturing facility for USNC's fuel at CNL's Chalk River campus.
 

New Nuclear 27 February 2020


GE Hitachi submits SMR design for Canadian review

GE Hitachi submits SMR design for Canadian review

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy has made its first submittals to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for the vendor design review of its BWRX-300 small modular reactor. The submittals are for the combined first two phases of the three-phase process and address eight of the 19 VDR focus areas.

New Nuclear 27 February 2020


Finnish firm launches SMR district heating project

Finnish firm launches SMR district heating project

VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland has today announced the launch of a project to develop a small modular reactor for district heating. Most of the country's district heating is currently produced by burning coal, natural gas, wood fuels and peat, but it aims to phase out its use of coal in energy production by 2029.

New Nuclear 24 February 2020


Southern CEO: Early start-up of Vogtle units possible

Southern CEO: Early start-up of Vogtle units possible

Southern Company remains confident of meeting the regulatory-approved in-service date of November 2021 for unit 3 of the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia, CEO Tom Fanning said during a presentation of its 2019 results. He noted the AP1000 unit could even be brought online as early as May next year, with unit 4 following a year later.

New Nuclear 21 February 2020


Oklo wins access to used fuel for Aurora SMR

Oklo wins access to used fuel for Aurora SMR

Idaho National Laboratory is to provide Oklo Inc with access to recovered material from used nuclear fuel to develop and demonstrate the Oklo Aurora - a micro-reactor that can be used in remote or off-grid locations to generate power. Jacob DeWitte, Oklo co-founder and CEO, said the award paves the way for an important demonstration of the first Aurora plant, as well as the "ability of advanced reactors to convert used nuclear fuel, that would otherwise be treated for disposal, into clean energy".

New Nuclear 20 February 2020


Finland's TVO hires Framatome for Olkiluoto 3 outage support

Finland's TVO hires Framatome for Olkiluoto 3 outage support

Framatome has signed service contracts with Teollisuuden Voima Oyj to support the long-term operation of unit 3 of the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant on Finland's west coast. Grid connection of the European pressurised reactor is scheduled for November, with the start of regular electricity production expected in March 2021.

New Nuclear 20 February 2020


Oak Ridge National Laboratory to collaborate with TVA on advanced reactors

Oak Ridge National Laboratory to collaborate with TVA on advanced reactors

The US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Tennessee Valley Authority are to collaborate on the economic feasibility of potentially licensing, building, operating and maintaining one or more advanced nuclear reactors - such as a small modular reactor - at TVA's Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

New Nuclear 20 February 2020


Barakah 1 fuel loading begins

Barakah 1 fuel loading begins

Nawah Energy Company has started loading fuel assemblies into unit 1 of the Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi. Once all four units at the plant begin operating, the plant will meet up to 25% of the country’s electricity needs and help to avoid around 20 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.

New Nuclear 19 February 2020


Pre-operational testing completed at Flamanville EPR

Pre-operational testing completed at Flamanville EPR

Workers yesterday completed hot tests at the EPR under construction as unit 3 of the Flamanville nuclear power plant in France. The tests - which began on 21 September last year - aim to simulate the temperatures and pressures which the reactor's systems will be subjected to during normal operation.

New Nuclear 18 February 2020


Barakah 1 receives operating licence

Barakah 1 receives operating licence

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation subsidiary Nawah Energy Company is preparing to load fuel into Barakah unit 1 following an announcement by the United Arab Emirates Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation that it has today issued an operating licence which authorises Nawah to commission and operate the unit.

New Nuclear 17 February 2020