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US DOE awards funds to support innovation

US DOE awards funds to support innovation

A project to demonstrate the production of hydrogen in integrated energy systems at US nuclear power plants is one of three selected by the US Department of Energy to receive a share of USD15 million in its latest announcement of project selectees. At the same time, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has awarded USD15 million in grants to support the development of the country's future nuclear workforce.

New Nuclear 12 September 2019


USA begins first commercial testing of silicide fuel

USA begins first commercial testing of silicide fuel

Lead test assemblies of Westinghouse EnCore fuel rods containing uranium silicide fuel pellets have been loaded into a commercial nuclear power plant for the first time. The fuels, developed through the US Department of Energy's accident tolerant fuels programme, were loaded into Exelon's Byron unit 2 during a scheduled refuelling outage.

Uranium & Fuel 11 September 2019


US Department of Energy 'all in' on new nuclear, says deputy secretary

US Department of Energy 'all in' on new nuclear, says deputy secretary

The US Administration is committed to reviving and revitalising the nuclear industry and is leading by action, not just words, according to US Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette.

Nuclear Policies 30 August 2019


Korean reactor design certified for use in USA

Korean reactor design certified for use in USA

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has certified the Korean-designed Advanced Power Reactor 1400. The certificate states that the NRC finds the APR-1400 design fully meets US safety requirements.

Regulation & Safety 27 August 2019


Pilgrim sale completed after regulatory approval

Pilgrim sale completed after regulatory approval

Holtec International has completed its acquisition of the shut-down Pilgrim nuclear power plant from Entergy Corporation. The plant is the second US decommissioning project to be acquired by Holtec.

Corporate 27 August 2019


Control room launched at Hanford waste treatment plant

Control room launched at Hanford waste treatment plant

The control room for the Direct-Feed Low-Activity Waste Facility at the US Department of Energy's Hanford site in Washington State has been commissioned. The facility is one of four major facilities that together will form the Waste Treatment and Immobilisation Plant, which will process and stabilize radioactive and chemical waste stored at the Hanford Site.

Waste & Recycling 23 August 2019


More staff needed for Turkey Point licence review

More staff needed for Turkey Point licence review

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a revised schedule for its review of the first subsequent licence renewal for a US nuclear power plant because it is taking more staffing hours than originally expected. It still expects to complete the process within its original 18-month timescale.
 

Regulation & Safety 21 August 2019


US launches advanced nuclear technologies demonstration centre

US launches advanced nuclear technologies demonstration centre

The US Department of Energy has launched the National Reactor Innovation Center. The facility will provide private sector developers access to US national laboratory assets and infrastructure to support the testing and demonstration of reactor concepts and assess their performance, helping accelerate licensing and commercialisation.

New Nuclear 19 August 2019


Regulators formalise technical collaboration on SMR regulation

Regulators formalise technical collaboration on SMR regulation

Canadian and US nuclear regulators have signed a first-of-a-kind Memorandum of Cooperation that will see them collaborate on the technical reviews of advanced reactor and small modular reactor technologies. Meanwhile, the US Department of Energy has awarded funds to build SMR simulators at three US universities.

Regulation & Safety 16 August 2019


US DOE orders exascale computer

US DOE orders exascale computer

The US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has signed a USD600 million contract with Cray Inc to build its first exascale supercomputer, El Capitan. The computer will be housed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

New Nuclear 15 August 2019