Small Modular Reactors rss

NRC approves safety platform for NuScale SMR

Regulation and Safety

18 July 2017

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has concluded that the highly integrated protection system (HIPS) platform developed for NuScale Power's small modular reactor is acceptable for use in plant safety-related instrumentation and control systems.

USA to launch advanced manufacturing centre

New Nuclear

17 July 2017

Concurrent Technologies Corp plans to launch a Centre for Advanced Nuclear Manufacturing to fill the "critical gap" that exists in providing proven applied advanced manufacturing technologies in the emerging field of small modular reactors and advanced reactors.

UK government remains committed to nuclear, minister says

Nuclear Policies

28 June 2017

Harrington at NNB17 - 48Nuclear firmly remains an important part of the UK's energy mix and the government will ensure Britain's exit from the European Union will not have a negative impact on the country's nuclear industry, Energy Minister Richard Harrington has confirmed. Harrington has been undersecretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for less than two weeks following a cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Theresa May.

SNC-Lavalin and Holtec team up on SMR development

New Nuclear

18 July 2017

SMR-160_(Holtec)_48The USA's Holtec International has signed a teaming agreement with Canada's SNC-Lavalin to collaborate in the development of Holtec's SMR-160 small modular reactor.

UK needs more nuclear for low-carbon future, says National Grid

Energy and Environment

14 July 2017

The UK needs to build 14.5 GWe of new nuclear capacity by 2035 or it will fail to meet the Two Degrees scenario, National Grid says in the annual update of its Future Energy Scenarios it published yesterday. The report also suggests that national electricity demand could peak at 85 GWe by 2050, compared with around 60 GWe today. National Grid is the private company which runs Britain's high-voltage electricity network.

Canadian government called on to reaffirm nuclear support

Nuclear Policies

16 June 2017

Bruce_B_turbine_hall_(Bruce_Power)-48A cross-party committee has called on the Canadian government to reaffirm its long-standing support for the nuclear sector, including the commercialisation of small modular reactors. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources made its recommendations in a report, The nuclear sector at a crossroads: Fostering innovation and energy security for Canada and the world, which it tabled before the government on 9 June.