Research and development rss

Russia notes progress with fast reactor technology

New Nuclear

23 August 2016

Russia has reached two more milestones in its endeavour to close the nuclear fuel cycle. Mashinostroitelny Zavod (MSZ) - part of Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL - has completed acceptance tests of components for its ETVS-14 and ETVS-15 experimental fuel assemblies with mixed nitride fuel for the BREST and BN fast neutron reactors. MSZ has also announced the start of research and development work on the technical design of the "absorbent element" of the core of the BREST-OD-300 reactor.

Repair job complete at Angra 2 pool

Regulation and Safety

18 August 2016

Brazil's fuel cycle company INB has celebrated the successful underwater repair of a damaged fuel rod canister in the storage pool of Angra 2.

Detectors confirm most fuel remains in unit 2 vessel

Regulation and Safety

29 July 2016

Most of the fuel that melted in unit 2 of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan remains within the reactor pressure vessel, an examination using a muon detection system indicates.

US advanced reactor developers team up

New Nuclear

23 August 2016

X-energy and Southern Nuclear Operating Company have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on development and commercialization of their respective advanced reactor designs.

UK academics join pro-Hinkley nuclear project debate

Nuclear Policies

04 August 2016

Nuclear engineering and climate change experts from Imperial College London have outlined the benefits of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project in Somerset, England. They have joined the public debate on EDF Energy's project, after new British Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet announced last week that it wants to review the deal and decide in early autumn whether to commit its support.

Molten salt reactor neutronics data released

New Nuclear

08 July 2016

Transatomic Power Corporation has released technical information on the design of its molten salt reactor, which it says offers multiple advantages over existing generation technologies.