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Doubling of nuclear capacity by 2050 requires 'concerted action', says IAEA

World nuclear generating capacity will double to 792 GWe (net) by 2050 from 393 GWe in 2020 under the high case scenario of the International Atomic Energy Agency's latest projections. Compared with last year's high case projection of 715 GWe by 2050, the estimate has been revised up by just over 10%, marking the first time since the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi accident the IAEA has revised its projections upwards.


Perspectives

Viewpoint: Demonstration AND test reactors: both are necessary for innovation

Viewpoint: Demonstration AND test reactors: both are necessary for innovation

Both demonstration and test reactors are necessary to support the development and commercial deployment of the new reactor technologies that will expand access to reliable, clean energy, writes Kathryn Huff, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at the US Department of Energy. This article was first published by the Office of Nuclear Energy on 30 July.

03 September 2021


Czech lawmakers approve nuclear support

Czech lawmakers approve nuclear support

The Czech Republic's support framework for nuclear investment has been approved by the lower house of parliament. The Low Carbon Act should come into effect from 1 January 2022, the energy ministry said. "Currently, there are no market incentives for investment in new nuclear or other emission-free energy sources," noted Tomáš Ehler, the deputy minister of industry and trade, saying, "These market failures have been confirmed by the European Commission itself."

Nuclear Policies 17 September 2021


Successful test of recycled fuel

Successful test of recycled fuel

Recycled REMIX nuclear fuel has passed a five-year operational test in Russia and is ready for pilot operation, Rosatom fuel subsidiary TVEL has said. REMIX is designed to reduce uranium consumption and close the fuel cycle using mainstream light-water reactors.

Waste & Recycling 17 September 2021


Cameco, X-energy join up to support SMR deployment

Cameco, X-energy join up to support SMR deployment

Canadian companies Cameco and X-energy have entered a non-binding and non-exclusive Memorandum of Understanding to explore possible areas of cooperation to support the potential future deployment, fuelling and servicing of Xe-100 small modular reactors in Canada and the USA.

Corporate 17 September 2021


Perspectives

Viewpoint: Demonstration AND test reactors: both are necessary for innovation

Viewpoint: Demonstration AND test reactors: both are necessary for innovation

Both demonstration and test reactors are necessary to support the development and commercial deployment of the new reactor technologies that will expand access to reliable, clean energy, writes Kathryn Huff, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at the US Department of Energy. This article was first published by the Office of Nuclear Energy on 30 July.

03 September 2021


Foronuclear warns of early Spanish nuclear exit

Foronuclear warns of early Spanish nuclear exit

Spain's nuclear power generating industry will not be able to continue operating if a draft law approved on 14 September by the Council of Ministers is enacted, according to the country's nuclear industry forum Foronuclear. The law, together with other proposed measures, would impose an "excessive tax burden" on the industry, which Foronuclear says would make the continued operation of nuclear power plants economically unfeasible. Under Spain's nuclear phase-out policy, its nuclear fleet is scheduled to shut down by 2035.

Waste & Recycling 16 September 2021


Trilateral partnership launches Australia nuclear submarine programme

Trilateral partnership launches Australia nuclear submarine programme

Australia is to acquire nuclear submarines as the first initiative under a new enhanced trilateral security partnership announced by the leaders of Australia, the UK and the USA. The submarines are to be built in Australia, but the country is not seeking to acquire nuclear weapons or establish a civil nuclear capability, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Nuclear Policies 16 September 2021


Illinois energy bill becomes law

Illinois energy bill becomes law

Exelon Generation Company has formally reversed its decision to retire the Byron and Dresden nuclear plants after Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed into law the state's new energy legislation package yesterday. The final version of the bill was passed by the Illinois Senate earlier this week.

Nuclear Policies 16 September 2021


Helium-3 to be extracted from Canadian tritium

Helium-3 to be extracted from Canadian tritium

Tritium stored at Canada's Darlington nuclear power plant will be a source of helium-3 for applications in quantum computing, medicine and security. Laurentis Energy Partners plans to extract and commercialise the isotope from the end of this year.

Corporate 16 September 2021


Lithuania again blocks electricity from Ostrovets

Lithuania again blocks electricity from Ostrovets

Lithuania has capped the amount of electricity that can enter its grid from Belarus as part of measures to avoid importing power from the Ostrovets nuclear power plant. Grid operator LitGrid said the interconnection would be limited to 262 MW, with throughputs calculated every day.

Nuclear Policies 16 September 2021


Regulator approves restart of Shimane 2

Regulator approves restart of Shimane 2

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority today formally accepted a report concluding unit 2 of Chugoku Electric Power Company's Shimane nuclear power plant meets the country's new safety standards. The utility must still obtain local consent before the 789 MWe boiling water reactor can be restarted.

Regulation & Safety 15 September 2021


Terrestrial Energy doubles up its power plant

Terrestrial Energy doubles up its power plant

Prospective small reactor vendor Terrestrial Energy has announced that its IMSR400 power plant configuration will include twin reactors and generators. The move is a response to utility requirements and will increase cost competitiveness, the Canadian company said.

New Nuclear 15 September 2021