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DOE funding for advanced nuclear technology R&D

Located in: Nuclear Policies

19 June 2018

The US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Nuclear Energy has awarded nearly USD64 million to 89 projects for nuclear energy research, facility access and crosscutting technology and infrastructure development. The funds will be provided to DOE national laboratories, industry and 39 US universities in 29 states.

Tests begin on Framatome accident-tolerant fuel

Located in: Uranium and Fuel

18 June 2018

ATR_test_loading_(INL)-48Framatome's accident-tolerant fuel is now being tested in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory, the US Department of Energy has announced. The fuel is being developed through a US Department of Energy programme which aims to commercialise ATF by 2025.

New report highlights grid threats from US retirements

Located in: Nuclear Policies

15 June 2018

A gas pipeline disruption caused by extreme weather or equipment failure could mean prolonged electricity service disruption for large areas of the USA if nuclear power plant retirements continue, according to a new report prepared for the Nuclear Energy Institute.

Silex Systems out of GLE restructure

Located in: Uranium and Fuel

13 June 2018

Silex Systems Limited has abandoned its acquisition of a majority stake in GE-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment, saying there are too many risks associated with GLE's business case which includes the construction of a commercial enrichment plant in the USA. It also intends to terminate GLE's exclusive licence for the SILEX laser enrichment technology.

USA launches Summit supercomputer

Located in: New Nuclear

11 June 2018

Summit_(DOE)-48The US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has unveiled a new supercomputer with a peak performance of 200,000 trillion calculations (200 petaflops) per second. The Summit supercomputer's power will be put to work in research in areas including energy, advanced materials and artificial intelligence.

NuScale says its SMR promises cost savings

Located in: New Nuclear

06 June 2018

NuScale SMR cross section 48NuScale Power announced today that its small modular reactor can generate 20% more power than originally planned, according to advanced testing and modelling tools that helped the Oregon, USA-headquartered company identify "optimisation opportunities".

ERA publishes closure plan for Ranger

Located in: Uranium and Fuel

06 June 2018

Ranger mine site in 2015 - 48Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) has released its closure plan for the Ranger uranium mine in Australia's Northern Territory. Under the existing authority from traditional land owners, mining and processing activities at Ranger must cease in January 2021, with final rehabilitation to be completed by January 2026.

DOE announces funding for innovative nuclear technology

Located in: New Nuclear

05 June 2018

Holos_Quad_(HolosGen)_48Ten projects have been selected to receive a total of up to USD24 million in funding under a new programme from the US Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy initiative. The projects selected include a transportable gas-cooled reactor, and technology to support load-following, improve safety and reduce costs in advanced reactors.

President calls for action to preserve US nuclear plants

Located in: Nuclear Policies

04 June 2018

Three Mile Island - 48US President Donald Trump has directed Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to take immediate action to stop the loss of "fuel-secure power facilities" from the country's power grid, including nuclear power plants that are facing premature retirement.

DOE report highlights ‘capability gaps’ in cybersecurity

Located in: Regulation and Safety

04 June 2018

The US Administration recognises the growing security risk of cyber threats and has prioritised overcoming these challenges, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in a statement marking one year since President Donald Trump signed Executive Order 13800. In the EO, titled Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, the president directed departments and agencies to develop multiple reports to further their understanding of the cybersecurity risks to the country and focus on opportunities to mitigate those risks.


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