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Princeton physicists make plasma confinement breakthrough

Princeton physicists make plasma confinement breakthrough

Physicists at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory have proposed that the formation of "hills and valleys" in magnetic field lines could be the source of sudden collapses of heat ahead of disruptions that can damage doughnut-shaped tokamak fusion facilities. Their discovery could help overcome a critical challenge facing such facilities.

New Nuclear 30 September 2022


Final Japanese research reactor to convert to LEU

Final Japanese research reactor to convert to LEU

Japan's last high-enriched uranium-fuelled research reactor is to be converted to low-enriched uranium fuel under a new agreement between the US Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration and Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
 

Regulation & Safety 29 September 2022


US Air Force issues RFP for microreactor project

US Air Force issues RFP for microreactor project

The US Department of the Air Force, in partnership with the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, has issued a request for proposal for a microreactor to be built at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska.

New Nuclear 28 September 2022


US partnerships boost development of hydrogen economy

US partnerships boost development of hydrogen economy

Argonne National Laboratory has teamed up with Constellation Energy Corp to develop carbon-free power generation technologies, including a project focusing on hydrogen production from nuclear power plants, while Bloom Energy and Excel Energy have announced plans for hydrogen production at a nuclear plant in Minnesota. Meanwhile, the US Department of Energy has opened applications for a USD7 billion programme to create regional clean hydrogen hubs.

Energy & Environment 23 September 2022


Westinghouse developing Polish AP1000 supply chain

Westinghouse developing Polish AP1000 supply chain

Westinghouse Electric Company has signed Memoranda of Understanding with 22 companies in Poland that allow for cooperation on the potential construction of AP1000 reactors in the country as well as other potential projects in Central Europe.

New Nuclear 23 September 2022


DOE funds communities to learn about used fuel storage

DOE funds communities to learn about used fuel storage

The US Department of Energy has invited interested communities to apply for a share of USD16 million for resources to help them learn more about consent-based siting of used nuclear fuel management and interim storage. Meanwhile, the State of Nevada is seeking a resumption of the licensing procedures for the Yucca Mountain repository - with the aim of securing a permanent end to the project.

Waste & Recycling 22 September 2022


Oklo Inc progressing towards licence application

Oklo Inc progressing towards licence application

The California-based company has submitted a Licensing Project Plan to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission outlining Oklo's proposed engagement to support future licensing activities.

Regulation & Safety 20 September 2022


First ORNL research reactor demolished

First ORNL research reactor demolished

The Bulk Shielding Reactor - known as Building 3010 - is one of more than a dozen research reactors built at Oak Ridge National Laboratory since the 1950s, and is the first reactor at the Tennessee site to be demolished.
 

Waste & Recycling 16 September 2022


DOE to work on relationships as waste programme develops

DOE to work on relationships as waste programme develops

The US Department of Energy has issued a new report based on public feedback to help inform its consent-based process to identify sites for the consolidated interim storage of the USA's used nuclear fuel. The department said it will work to build trust and relationships as the process goes forward.

Waste & Recycling 16 September 2022


US study assesses potential for coal-to-nuclear conversion

US study assesses potential for coal-to-nuclear conversion

Hundreds of coal power plant sites across the USA could be converted to nuclear plant sites, providing huge decarbonisation gains as well as bringing tangible economic, employment and environmental benefits to the communities where those plants are located, a new US Department of Energy study has found.

Energy & Environment 14 September 2022