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Early warning system for natural hazards launched by IAEA

Early warning system for natural hazards launched by IAEA

The External Events Notification System seeks to alert nuclear installations to natural hazards and disasters such as earthquakes, volcano eruptions and floods. It was unveiled at the International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference.

Regulation & Safety 28 September 2022


New compact particle accelerators could offer game-changing possibilities

New compact particle accelerators could offer game-changing possibilities

Revolutionary laser-driven technology unveiled by TAU Systems aims to place the capabilities of high-energy particle accelerators within reach of engineers and scientists the world over, with potential applications in a wide range of fields including nuclear. The Texas-based company is aiming to offer its first commercial service centres in 2027, after starting prototype applications as early as 2024.

Corporate 27 September 2022


Microsoft to procure clean energy credits from OPG

Microsoft to procure clean energy credits from OPG

Microsoft Canada is to procure Clean Energy Credits sourced from Ontario Power Generation's carbon-free hydro and nuclear assets as part of Microsoft's efforts to power its datacentres with carbon-free energy. The CEC purchase agreement is a "first" for both companies.

Corporate 27 September 2022


NDA teams up with oil and gas decommissioning centre

NDA teams up with oil and gas decommissioning centre

The UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the National Decommissioning Centre have signed a three-year collaborative research agreement - the first of its kind between the nuclear and oil and gas decommissioning sectors.

Waste & Recycling 27 September 2022


South Korea announces supercritical CO2 collaboration

South Korea announces supercritical CO2 collaboration

Five Korean organisations have signed agreements on commercialisation of supercritical CO2 power generation technology through which they intend to establish and demonstrate a test facility and infrastructure, and to develop the technology for a supercritical CO2 power generation system for small modular reactor-based power generation.

Corporate 26 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


3D-printed fuel component installed at Swedish reactor

3D-printed fuel component installed at Swedish reactor

Framatome has completed the installation of the first 3D-printed, stainless steel fuel component at Vattenfall's Forsmark nuclear power plant in Sweden. In collaboration with German pump and valve manufacturer KSB, the Atrium 11 upper tie plate grids were designed, manufactured, and installed in Forsmark unit 3 for a multi-year irradiation programme.

Uranium & Fuel 21 September 2022


IAEA initiative on innovative technologies in decommissioning

IAEA initiative on innovative technologies in decommissioning

The International Atomic Energy Agency has launched a global initiative aimed at boosting the role of new and emerging technologies in the decommissioning of nuclear facilities.

Waste & Recycling 21 September 2022


Drones to map Idaho high-level waste store

Drones to map Idaho high-level waste store

Workers at the Calcine Retrieval Project at the Idaho National Laboratory site are being trained to operate a light detection and ranging-equipped drone in preparation for mapping the interior of a high-level radioactive waste storage vault.

Waste & Recycling 09 September 2022


Power conversion breakthrough could increase plant efficiency

Power conversion breakthrough could increase plant efficiency

Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratory have successfully tested a new power system based on a closed-loop Brayton cycle to deliver electricity to the grid. The system could dramatically increase the efficiency of power plants including current and new advanced reactor systems as well as gas-fired and concentrated solar plants.

Energy & Environment 07 September 2022