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Viewpoint: Advanced reactor development makes rapid progress

Viewpoint: Advanced reactor development makes rapid progress

A common misconception about advanced nuclear technologies is that they are largely conceptual and will not be commercialised in time to contribute to meeting near-term climate goals, but a comprehensive look at global efforts to develop advanced nuclear reveals rapid progress towards commercialisation and operation, write Clean Air Task Force, ClearPath, Nuclear Innovation Alliance, Pillsbury and Third Way.

Perspectives 09 July 2021


Rosenergoatom confirms success of emergency preparedness exercise

Rosenergoatom confirms success of emergency preparedness exercise

Rosenergoatom, the nuclear power plant operator subsidiary of Russia's Rosatom, has announced the successful completion of its annual emergency preparedness exercise. Separately, it has announced that Russia produced 7% more electricity from nuclear power in the first-half of this year than in the same period of 2020.

Corporate 05 July 2021


Oklo awarded federal funding for Aurora fuel development

Oklo awarded federal funding for Aurora fuel development

Oklo Inc has announced a USD2 million cost-share award from the US Department of Energy supported by the Technology Commercialisation Fund. Oklo is matching USD1 million in funds in a public-private partnership with the DOE and Argonne National Laboratory. The TCF project will enable the commercialisation of advanced fuel recycling capabilities by utilising electrorefining technology.

Uranium & Fuel 28 June 2021


Kola II construction to start in 2028

Kola II construction to start in 2028

Russia's Rosatom plans to start construction of new units for the Kola II nuclear power plant project in 2028, with commissioning of the first unit set for 2034. The dates were announced by the Kola plant's director, Vasily Omelchuk, at an online press conference on 18 June.

New Nuclear 21 June 2021


TerraPower circles 2023 for Natrium construction permit

TerraPower circles 2023 for Natrium construction permit

TerraPower hopes to apply for a construction permit in August 2023 and an operating licence in March 2026 for its Natrium fast reactor, according to a regulatory engagement plan (REP) it has sent to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Regulation & Safety 18 June 2021


CORDEL: Regulatory harmonisation needed to speed SMR deployment

CORDEL: Regulatory harmonisation needed to speed SMR deployment

For small modular reactors to play their part in the clean energy transition, it is crucial that vendors and regulators engage early to clarify the degree of design maturity required to start the licensing process, according to a new report published today by World Nuclear Association. National regulators should collaborate through bilateral and multinational agreements on design and safety reviews, share technical reviews, establish common positions on safety criteria, and make appropriate use of existing reference SMR design reviews to streamline SMR licensing processes, it says.

Regulation & Safety 08 June 2021


Russia starts building lead-cooled fast reactor

Russia starts building lead-cooled fast reactor

Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL has announced the start of construction of a 300 MW nuclear power unit enabled with the innovative BREST-OD-300 lead-cooled fast reactor at the site of the Siberian Chemical Combine, in Seversk. The reactor will run on mixed uranium-plutonium nitride fuel, specially developed for this facility as the "optimal solution" for fast reactors.

New Nuclear 08 June 2021


Pilot Natrium plant to be built in Wyoming

Pilot Natrium plant to be built in Wyoming

Plans to construct a Natrium reactor demonstration project at a retiring coal plant in the US state of Wyoming were announced yesterday by TerraPower, PacifiCorp and Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon. The companies are evaluating several potential locations in the state for the plant, which will feature a 345 MWe sodium-cooled fast reactor combined with a molten salt energy storage system that can boost the system's output to 500 MWe for more than five-and-a-half hours when needed. They expect to announce the selected site by the end of 2021.

New Nuclear 03 June 2021


NRC fees must change to enable innovation, says panel

NRC fees must change to enable innovation, says panel

As multiple advanced reactor vendors enter the licensing process to build first-of-a-kind demonstration projects, issues with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission's current user fee cost recovery model could slow innovation and raise regulatory costs, according to a report published yesterday by the Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA). Reliance on applicant fees limits the ability of the NRC to hire and train staff ahead of expected applications, reducing regulatory efficiency, the report says.

Regulation & Safety 20 May 2021


UK SMR to start regulatory process this autumn

UK SMR to start regulatory process this autumn

The UK SMR consortium, led by Rolls-Royce, has announced the latest design and an increase in power - from 440 MW to 470 MW - of its "compact" nuclear power station. The "refreshed design" features a faceted aesthetic roof; an earth embankment surrounding the power station to integrate with the surrounding landscape; and a more compact building footprint, the British engineering company said.

New Nuclear 17 May 2021