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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


Fortum develops high-definition VR simulator

Fortum develops high-definition VR simulator

Finnish utility Fortum has developed the world's first fully dynamic and interactive virtual reality (VR) control room for training operators at its Loviisa nuclear power plant. The company says the cost of a full-scale, full-scope VR simulator is a fraction of that to build a physical simulator.

Corporate 30 August 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


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


EIS process launched for US fast neutron reactor

EIS process launched for US fast neutron reactor

The US Department of Energy has formally announced the preparation of an environmental impact statement for the construction of a Versatile Test Reactor to test fuels and materials for use in advanced civilian nuclear power reactors.

New Nuclear 06 August 2019


First applications for Diakont's decontamination robot

First applications for Diakont's decontamination robot

Diakont of the USA provided cleaning and decontamination services using its new underwater robotic decontamination systems at four undisclosed nuclear power plants during early 2019, cleaning refuelling cavities, dryer-separator pools, and a suppression pool.

Corporate 26 July 2019


US research reactor goes digital in licensing 'first'

US research reactor goes digital in licensing 'first'

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has licensed the first entirely digital nuclear reactor instrumentation and control system in the USA, at a university-based research reactor originally built in 1962. The NRC licence also for the first time covers parts certified under standards laid down by a non-US regulatory body.
 

Regulation & Safety 10 July 2019


US federal funding granted for SSR technology development

US federal funding granted for SSR technology development

Moltex Energy USA LLC has been awarded USD2.55 million of US federal funding to develop technologies that will be capable of shortening Stable Salt Reactor construction timelines to under three years.
 

New Nuclear 05 July 2019


DOE announces funding for nuclear energy R&D

DOE announces funding for nuclear energy R&D

The US Department of Energy has announced USD49.3 million in funding for nuclear energy research, facility access, crosscutting technology development, and infrastructure for 58 advanced nuclear technology projects in 25 states.

Nuclear Policies 28 June 2019