Reactor design rss

Study confirms NuScale reactor's MOX capability

Waste and Recycling

21 January 2016

NuScale module (NuScale) 13x48NuScale Power's small modular reactor has the capability of using mixed uranium-plutonium oxide (MOX) fuel in addition to conventional light water reactor fuel, a study by the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory has confirmed.

IRSN sees problems in assessing passive safety systems

Regulation and Safety

08 January 2016

Further research is needed to properly assess the performance and reliability of passive safety systems to be used in new nuclear power reactors designs, according to France's Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN).

UK regulator reports 'slippage' in assessment of AP1000 design

Regulation and Safety

08 January 2016

There has been some program "slippage" in a number of topic areas for the generic design acceptance of the Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactor design, the UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation said in its latest quarterly report on GDAs issued yesterday. Westinghouse is working to "re-baseline the overall program", ONR said, "with the objective of enabling regulators to make decisions" about issuing a Design Acceptance Confirmation and Statement of Design Acceptance Confirmation in January 2017, as per the current schedule.

US invests in advanced reactor development

New Nuclear

18 January 2016

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected projects to develop a pebble bed reactor and a molten chloride fast reactor to receive multi-year cost-share funding worth up to a total of $80 million.

Terrestrial Energy secures funding for reactor project

New Nuclear

08 January 2016

Canadian company Terrestrial Energy has secured CAD$10 million ($7 million) in Series A funding to support its program to bring its Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) technology to industrial markets in the 2020s.

Hitachi-GE's UK reactor enters final assessment stage

Regulation and Safety

02 November 2015

Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy has reached a regulatory milestone in its progress towards deployment of the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor, following confirmation that British regulators will move to the final step of the Generic Design Assessment. The GDA process for the UK ABWR is on schedule for completion by the end of 2017.