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US project to recycle naval fuel gets Senate approval

Waste and Recycling

22 June 2018

The US Senate has approved a proposal for a USD15 million pilot programme to recycle used naval nuclear fuel for use as fuel in advanced nuclear reactors. The proposal - an amendment to the fiscal 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill - was adopted by the full Senate by 87 votes to 9.

DOE funding for advanced nuclear technology R&D

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.

USA launches Summit supercomputer

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.

Full-scale tests to start soon at Finnish repository

Waste and Recycling

20 June 2018

Disposal canister - 48Finnish waste management company Posiva said it will soon begin the full-scale final disposal test for used nuclear fuel at the Onkalo underground characterisation facility. The test is designed to demonstrate that the final disposal process will work as planned, a condition for obtaining an operating licence for the repository under construction at Olkiluoto.

First yellowcake from seawater for US team

Uranium and Fuel

14 June 2018

PNNL_seawater_yellowcake_(LCW)-48Researchers have successfully used acrylic fibres to extract uranium from seawater in a trial conducted at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The team say the technology, which uses inexpensive material, could be competitive with the costs of land-based uranium mining.

IAEA launches challenge on materials for fusion

New Nuclear

11 June 2018

The International Atomic Energy Agency has launched a competition to find "innovative ways to visualise, analyse and explore" simulations of different materials that can be used to build fusion reactors. Such materials would subject to extremely high temperatures and energetic particles.