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US grant made for Romanian SMR siting assessment

US grant made for Romanian SMR siting assessment

Romanian national nuclear company Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica has been awarded a non-refundable grant of USD1.28 million by the US Trade and Development Agency for use in the identification of potential sites in Romania to host small modular reactors. The USTDA is an independent federal government agency focused on connecting US companies with export opportunities in emerging markets.

New Nuclear 14 January 2021


US order promotes SMRs for space exploration and defence

US order promotes SMRs for space exploration and defence

The US Administration has issued an Executive Order on Promoting Small Modular Reactors for National Defense and Space Exploration, which it says will further revitalise the US nuclear energy sector and reinvigorate its space exploration programme. This includes directives to demonstrate the use of microreactors on military bases and also to ensure a viable US-origin supply of high-assay low-enriched uranium.

Nuclear Policies 13 January 2021


NuScale and UAMPS agreements progress plans for SMR plant

NuScale and UAMPS agreements progress plans for SMR plant

Agreements announced yesterday between NuScale Power and Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems to facilitate the development of a project to deploy small modular reactors at the Idaho National Laboratory could lead to the placement of a first order for NuScale Power Modules in 2022.

New Nuclear 12 January 2021


Hot functional testing of HTR-PM reactors starts

Hot functional testing of HTR-PM reactors starts

Tests that simulate the temperatures and pressures which the reactor systems will be subjected to during normal operation have started at the demonstration high-temperature gas-cooled reactor plant (HTR-PM) at Shidaowan, in China's Shandong province. The twin-unit HTR-PM is scheduled to start operations later this year.

New Nuclear 04 January 2021


US DOE issues draft Environmental Impact Statement for new test reactor

US DOE issues draft Environmental Impact Statement for new test reactor

The US Department of Energy has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement for construction of the Versatile Test Reactor, a sodium-cooled reactor that will provide a source of fast neutrons needed to test advanced reactor technology, fuels and related materials. The draft EIS will be open for a 45-day public comment period.

New Nuclear 22 December 2020


Canada sets out actions needed to commercialise SMRs

Canada sets out actions needed to commercialise SMRs

The Canadian government has released a national Small Modular Reactor Action Plan, which responds to the 53 recommendations identified in the country's SMR Roadmap that was launched in November 2018. The plan lays out the next steps for the development, demonstration and deployment of SMRs for multiple applications at home and abroad.

New Nuclear 21 December 2020


Advanced reactor projects teams receive US federal risk reduction funding

Advanced reactor projects teams receive US federal risk reduction funding

The US Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy has selected five teams to receive USD30 million in initial funding for risk reduction projects under its Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program. All five of the selected designs have the potential to compete globally once deployed, DOE said.

New Nuclear 17 December 2020


Exelon completes SMR feasibility study for Polish programme

Exelon completes SMR feasibility study for Polish programme

Synthos Green Energy has announced the completion of a deployment feasibility study for the implementation of a fleet of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy BWRX-300 small modular reactors in Poland. The study, which was prepared by Exelon Generation, will help the Synthos Group estimate how many reactors would need to be built to make the most of the cost effect of serial SMR production.

New Nuclear 16 December 2020


UK confirms status of nuclear as clean energy

UK confirms status of nuclear as clean energy

The UK government has identified nuclear power as a way to help the country achieve the four-fold increase in clean electricity generation needed to achieve its net zero target. Its long-awaited Energy White Paper published today notes that renewables now account for over one-third of electricity generation, up from 7% in 2010, but "building on this foundation" the country will "need to go further".

Nuclear Policies 14 December 2020


Kairos Power to deploy test reactor at ETTP

Kairos Power to deploy test reactor at ETTP

Kairos Power has announced its plan to deploy a test reactor at the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, pending completion of due diligence and the results of discussions with state and local officials. Kairos made the announcement today at the 2020 East Tennessee Economic Council Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration.

New Nuclear 11 December 2020