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Canadian institute launches nuclear hydrogen feasibility study

Canadian institute launches nuclear hydrogen feasibility study

A Canadian innovation organisation has launched a new study into the role of nuclear power in supporting a growing hydrogen economy. The Nuclear Innovation Institute study will be the first of its kind in Canada to evaluate the technical viability and business case for hydrogen production from emissions-free nuclear power.

Energy & Environment 11 June 2021


Plans unveiled for clean energy 'innovation campus'

Plans unveiled for clean energy 'innovation campus'

Canadian company Kinectrics has announced plans to design, build and operate a collaborative clean energy innovation campus, Helius, which will amongst other things provide infrastructure needed to support the development, testing and commercialisation of small modular reactors. The new campus is to be sited alongside Kinectrics’ existing laboratories in Toronto, Ontario.

Energy & Environment 08 June 2021


UK's National Nuclear Laboratory homes in on net-zero

UK's National Nuclear Laboratory homes in on net-zero

NNL, the UK’s national laboratory for nuclear fission, has today launched its new Strategic Plan: This is NNL. With legally binding targets in the UK to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and more than 120 other countries moving towards the same goal, it is "impossible to overestimate the scale of the challenge ahead", NNL said.

Energy & Environment 08 June 2021


US FY2022 budget request includes record for nuclear energy

US FY2022 budget request includes record for nuclear energy

The US Department of Energy's budget request for fiscal year 2022 includes "historic" investments to lay the foundations of a clean energy economy and ensure the USA reaches net-zero carbon emissions by 2035, the DOE has said. The Biden-Harris Administration's budget, which focuses on the post-pandemic recovery as well as investments in clean energy, was sent to the US Congress on 28 May.

Nuclear Policies 02 June 2021


Positive results from UK plasma exhaust research

Positive results from UK plasma exhaust research

Initial results from the UK Atomic Energy Authority's new MAST Upgrade experiment at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in Oxfordshire, England, have demonstrated the effectiveness of an innovative exhaust system designed to make compact fusion power plants commercially viable. The new exhaust system - called the Super-X divertor - is designed to channel plasma out of the machine at temperatures low enough for its materials to withstand - meaning that components can last much longer.

New Nuclear 27 May 2021


Viewpoint: How ATF could shape the nuclear fuel market

Viewpoint: How ATF could shape the nuclear fuel market

OECD experts foresee that accident tolerant fuels (ATF) will dominate the nuclear fuel market within 10 to 20 years. This is a very short timeframe by the standards of the nuclear industry, where reactor research and preparation alone can take up to a decade, writes Natalia Nikipelova, president of Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL. Such an optimistic forecast means that ATF is a product very much anticipated by the market. After all, ensuring nuclear safety - that there will be no serious consequences even in the event of incidents as grave as Fukushima - is a crucial step towards increasing public acceptance of nuclear energy. And, as we all know, where there is demand, supply will follow.

Perspectives 02 June 2021


IAEA launches study of nuclear-renewable hybrid energy systems

IAEA launches study of nuclear-renewable hybrid energy systems

The International Atomic Energy Agency is launching a new Coordinated Research Project aimed at increasing understanding of the role, performance and impact of nuclear-renewable hybrid energy systems in meeting current and future energy demand. The three-year project is intended to support the development of data and analysis, with the goal to advance these systems toward commercial deployment.

Energy & Environment 21 May 2021


Nuclear stands out for clean hydrogen, says French parliamentary report

Nuclear stands out for clean hydrogen, says French parliamentary report

Only nuclear energy and hydropower present the double advantage of being controllable and carbon-free, according to a report on hydrogen production published by the French Parliamentary Office for Scientific and Technological Assessment. To produce low-carbon hydrogen on a global scale, 400 GW of nuclear capacity would be needed, it says.

Energy & Environment 21 May 2021


US fund for reducing waste from advanced reactors

US fund for reducing waste from advanced reactors

The US Department of Energy yesterday announced up to USD40 million in funding for a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy programme that will limit the amount of waste produced from advanced nuclear reactors. Reducing such waste, it says, will help in the development and commercialisation of such reactors.

Waste & Recycling 20 May 2021


Framatome advances development of waste-handling robots

Framatome advances development of waste-handling robots

Framatome has announced the completion of a key milestone in the development of a robotic-assisted handling system to support decommissioning and waste management for the nuclear industry. Testing has confirmed the operation of robotic systems for handling and sorting high-level waste components, paving the way for increased automation.

Waste & Recycling 19 May 2021