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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


Framatome launches new coating technologies

Framatome launches new coating technologies

France's Framatome has launched a range of new protective coatings that it says can reduce maintenance costs and extend the operating life of components and equipment used in nuclear power plants. The first application of this technology has been at Dominion Energy's Surry plant in the US state of Virginia.

Corporate 21 June 2019


Test demonstrates business case for Mo-99 production

Test demonstrates business case for Mo-99 production

Wisconsin-based companies Phoenix LLC and Shine Medical Technologies have completed a 132-hour test of the high-flux neutron generator that Shine intends to use in its production of medical radioisotopes.

Regulation & Safety 21 June 2019


Call for innovation in nuclear power plant operation

Call for innovation in nuclear power plant operation

A 'Call to Action' for accelerating innovative solutions to sustain and advance the current operational fleet of nuclear power plants has been issued by the attendees of the Global Forum on Innovation for the Future of Nuclear Energy, held last week in Gyeongju, South Korea.

New Nuclear 19 June 2019


UK researchers develop semi-automatic robots

UK researchers develop semi-automatic robots

Engineers at Lancaster University are developing computer systems for robots handling hazardous nuclear waste. The software will make the robots semi-autonomous - simplifying human control, which has to be done remotely due to the highly radioactive environments in which the robots operate.

Waste & Recycling 13 June 2019


Research funding awarded for fast reactor support

Research funding awarded for fast reactor support

Six university projects will develop instrumentation and tools for the USA's forthcoming Versatile Test Reactor using USD1.7 million in funding just allocated by Idaho National Laboratory.

New Nuclear 11 June 2019


CNL verification technology research published

CNL verification technology research published

A new use of neutron detectors for reactor monitoring and safeguards, developed by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd, could potentially be used for the independent verification of nuclear reactor activities and for monitoring the sealed cores of some small modular reactors.

Regulation & Safety 10 June 2019


MHI develops explosion-proof robot

MHI develops explosion-proof robot

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has used the experience it has gained from developing robots for inspecting nuclear power plants in accident situations to develop an explosion-proof robot for inspecting and monitoring industrial facilities. A prototype EX ROVR robot has been tested at a Japanese oil refinery.

Regulation & Safety 10 June 2019