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US consortium calls for public-private SMR support

20 February 2017

A consortium of small modular reactor developers and customers has issued a policy statement setting out the benefits of public-private partnerships to facilitate the commercialisation and export of US-designed SMRs.

UK national nuclear archive opens in Scotland

15 February 2017

Nucleus - national nuclear archive - 48A national archive of records related to the history and development of the UK's civil nuclear industry opened to the public for the first time yesterday. The archive, located in Caithness, Scotland, is funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Molten salt reactor research develops class of alloys

08 February 2017

Australian and Chinese researchers have made progress in understanding the mechanical properties of a new class of materials for use in molten salt reactors. The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation said yesterday that NiMo-SiC alloys - prepared from nickel molybdenum metal powders with added silicon carbide particles - have superior corrosion resistance and radiation damage resistance.

Horizon forms operating partnership with Exelon

15 February 2017

Wylfa Newydd site - aerial - 48Horizon Nuclear Power, the UK subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd, said today it was joining forces with Exelon Generation as Horizon develops its "expertise and capability" to operate a new nuclear power plant at Wylfa Newydd on the Isle of Anglesey. Exelon Generation operates the biggest fleet of nuclear power plants in the USA, with 19,460 megawatts of capacity from 22 units, eight of which are boiling water reactors. The Wylfa Newydd project will deploy two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors.

Russia tests advanced nuclear fuel equipment

09 February 2017

The AA Bochvar Research Institute of Inorganic Materials has announced further progress in Russia's endeavour to close the nuclear fuel cycle. A subsidiary of nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL, VNIINM said yesterday it had completed three state-sponsored contracts for the 'Proryv', or Breakthrough, project.

Barakah 4 condenser installed

07 February 2017

Barakah_4_condenser_(Enec)-48The final condenser at the United Arab Emirates' Barakah nuclear power plant has been installed, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) announced today. The condenser cools the steam produced in the reactor's steam generators back into water after it has been used to spin the plant's generator turbine.