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US national lab supercomputers to help fight COVID-19

US national lab supercomputers to help fight COVID-19

Five US National Laboratories will play a key role in a consortium tasked with harnessing the power of supercomputers to combat COVID-19, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said in a video address yesterday. The supercomputing facilities at the Department of Energy's national laboratories are used, amongst other things, to carry out research supporting the development of next-stage nuclear reactors and advanced nuclear fuel. President Donald Trump announced the launch of the consortium, which includes the Argonne, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge and Sandia labs, on 23 March.

Covid-19 26 March 2020


IAEA launches project to examine economics of SMRs

IAEA launches project to examine economics of SMRs

The International Atomic Energy Agency is launching a three-year Coordinated Research Project focused on the economics of small modular reactors (SMRs). The project will provide Member States with an economic appraisal framework for the development and deployment of such reactors.

New Nuclear 26 March 2020


Wendelstein 7-X upgrade moves to divertor stage

Wendelstein 7-X upgrade moves to divertor stage

The upgrade of the world's largest stellarator-type fusion device - Germany's Wendelstein 7-X - is set to enter a new stage with the final delivery of components for the so-called divertor. Preparations for installation of the water-cooled inner cladding components have been completed, with installation work expected to continue well into next year.

New Nuclear 17 March 2020


Canada, UK strengthen nuclear collaboration

Canada, UK strengthen nuclear collaboration

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory have agreed an action plan to boost collaboration in energy, medical isotopes, waste management and decommissioning, while the Canadian Nuclear Association and the UK's Nuclear Industry Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in promoting nuclear technologies.

 

Corporate 06 March 2020


Korean nuclear fuel assembly test facility opens

Korean nuclear fuel assembly test facility opens

KEPCO Nuclear Fuel has announced the commissioning of a nuclear fuel assembly characterisation test facility. The South Korean company has previously relied on overseas organisations to verify its fuel assembly designs.

Uranium & Fuel 28 February 2020


Companies work on securing medical isotope supplies

Companies work on securing medical isotope supplies

Three recent announcements will help secure future supplies of vital medical radioisotopes. Westinghouse Electric Company and Nordion (Canada) Inc are to work together on technology to produce cobalt-60 in pressurised water reactors; Framatome and Kinectrics have launched a new joint venture to produce lutetium-177 in partnership with Bruce Power; and BWXT Technologies' proprietary technetium-99m generators have passed a testing milestone.

Regulation & Safety 28 February 2020


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


ATF assemblies complete first fuel cycle at Hatch

ATF assemblies complete first fuel cycle at Hatch

Lead test assemblies of accident-tolerant fuel installed in unit 1 of Southern Nuclear's Edwin I Hatch nuclear power plant in early 2018 have completed a 24-month fuel cycle. A sample of the lead test rods will now undergo testing.

Uranium & Fuel 26 February 2020


Framatome expands presence at Cadarache

Framatome expands presence at Cadarache

Framatome has officially opened a new engineering research and operations centre at Cadarache in south-eastern France. It has also announced an expansion of its Intercontr├┤le automated non-destructive testing subsidiary, which is based at the same site.

Corporate 25 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