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NASA to test prototype Kilopower reactor

Other News

17 November 2017

Prototype Kilopower reactor - 48The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will this month start testing uranium-fuelled Stirling engines for use in possible future missions to Mars. The technology has been developed as part of the Kilopower project.

UK study aims to identify nuclear cost reductions

New Nuclear

27 October 2017

A new project aimed at gaining a better understanding of the factors influencing the cost of nuclear power plant projects has been launched by the UK's Energy Technologies Institute. The study could help identify potential cost reductions for future projects.

Wide interest in small reactor plan, says CNL

New Nuclear

19 October 2017

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has released a summary report of its request for expressions of interest on small modular reactors (SMRs). Responses were received from 80 organisations, including 19 expressions of interest in siting a prototype or demonstration SMR at a CNL site.

UK seeks close energy relationship with EU after Brexit

Nuclear Policies

03 November 2017

The UK government's top priority is to agree arrangements with the European Union related to energy - particularly nuclear energy - that are as close as possible to current arrangements, the country's energy minister last week told a parliamentary inquiry into Brexit and the UK's energy security.

US funding for advanced reactor enabling technologies

New Nuclear

23 October 2017

The US Department of Energy has announced up to $20 million of funding for projects to identify and develop innovative technologies for lower cost and safer advanced nuclear reactors. The funding is part of a new programme under the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) initiative.

Lightbridge fuel moves towards irradiation testing

Uranium and Fuel

17 October 2017

Lighbtridge_EFI_(Lightbridge)-48Lightbridge Corporation has signed orders with the Institute for Energy Technology, operator of Norway's Halden research reactor, for the design and fabrication of a second irradiation rig for testing of its fuels. The IFE is already manufacturing a first test rig ready for irradiation testing of Lightbridge's fuel samples in the reactor.