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US test reactor programme moves ahead

US test reactor programme moves ahead

The US Department of Energy has approved Critical Decision 1 for the Versatile Test Reactor, meaning the project can now move to the engineering design phase. DOE has requested USD295 million for FY 2021 for the one-of-a-kind facility that would support research and development of innovative nuclear energy and other technologies.

New Nuclear 24 September 2020


Innovation is key to nuclear's future, says Rising

Innovation is key to nuclear's future, says Rising

Nuclear innovation is driving improvement in all parts of the industry, enhancing reliability, efficiency, economics and flexibility, World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising told the International Atomic Energy Agency's Scientific Forum 2020 today. She said innovation is accelerating the development and commercialisation of small modular reactors opening up additional applications for nuclear energy.

New Nuclear 22 September 2020


World needs large and small reactors, Association says

World needs large and small reactors, Association says

World Nuclear Association has called on policymakers to accelerate the development and commercialisation of small modular reactors as well as fast-tracking the deployment of large-scale reactors in a policy paper released today. The message is clear that to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius, global carbon emissions must decrease rapidly, the Association says in The need for large and small nuclear, today and tomorrow. A global effort towards establishing a sustainable energy system - with the electricity sector at the heart of it - is under way, and the need for clean, abundant and affordable electricity is widely recognised, it says.

Nuclear Policies 22 September 2020


Nuclear essential to hydrogen future, says LucidCatalyst

Nuclear essential to hydrogen future, says LucidCatalyst

Untapped options for clean hydrogen - including the use of advanced modular reactors - can put the world back on the pathway to meeting the Paris climate goals, according to a new report from energy research and consultancy firm LucidCatalyst. The report says the clean energy transition from oil to hydrogen-based fuels could be achieved with a global investment of USD17 trillion, spent over 30 years from 2020 to 2050.

Energy & Environment 17 September 2020


Cost-competitive SMRs will find place in electricity ecosystem

Cost-competitive SMRs will find place in electricity ecosystem

Small modular reactors will be an excellent fit in a carbon-free energy future which will require all energy sources to work together, but they must be cost-competitive with other forms of electricity generation, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy President and CEO Jay Wileman told participants in World Nuclear Association's Strategic eForum last week.
 

New Nuclear 16 September 2020


CNL announces SMR research partnership with Kairos Power

CNL announces SMR research partnership with Kairos Power

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has announced a collaboration agreement with US-based Kairos Power, which is working to develop and license fluoride salt-cooled small modular reactor technology. The agreement is funded through CNL's Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative programme and will cover research and engineering of technologies to separate, analyse and store tritium generated through the reactor's operation.

New Nuclear 04 September 2020


Nuclear industry leaders discuss game-changing issues

Nuclear industry leaders discuss game-changing issues

Leaders of World Nuclear Association working groups participated in a webinar yesterday to highlight some of the issues of key importance to the global nuclear industry. These include: harmonisation in reactor licensing; energy market design; safety regulation; and, new applications of nuclear energy. The Industry Gamechangers webinar was a pre-event to the Association's Strategic eForum to be held next week.

Nuclear Policies 03 September 2020


USNC opens SMR fuel development laboratory

USNC opens SMR fuel development laboratory

Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation has established a new facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, to support the development of its proprietary Fully Ceramic Microencapsulated fuel. Materials developed at there will be used in USNC's Micro Modular Reactor and other nuclear reactors, including gas-cooled reactors, light water reactors, CANDU reactors and molten salt cooled reactors.

Uranium & Fuel 02 September 2020


NuScale SMR receives US design certification approval

NuScale SMR receives US design certification approval

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a final safety evaluation report for NuScale's small modular reactor. This is the first-ever FSER to be issued by the NRC for an SMR, and represents the completion of the technical review and approval of the design.

Regulation & Safety 01 September 2020


TerraPower, GEH introduce Natrium

TerraPower, GEH introduce Natrium

TerraPower and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy have announced the launch of the Natrium concept, which features a sodium fast reactor combined with a molten salt energy storage system that will allow over five hours of energy storage. The partners hope to commercialise the technology by the end of this decade.

New Nuclear 01 September 2020