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Cold tests completed at first HTR-PM reactor

Cold tests completed at first HTR-PM reactor

China National Nuclear Corporation has announced completion of cold functional tests at the first reactor of the demonstration high-temperature gas-cooled reactor plant (HTR-PM) in Shandong province. Cold testing of the second unit at the plant has now begun. A further 18 such HTR-PM units are proposed for the same site in Shidaowan.

New Nuclear 20 October 2020


US government backs NuScale projects at home and abroad

US government backs NuScale projects at home and abroad

The US Department of Energy has approved a cost-share award of more than USD1 billion for the construction of the first NuScale small modular reactor power plant in the USA. Meanwhile, the US International Development Finance Corporation has signed a Letter of Intent to support NuScale in the development of nuclear generating capacity in South Africa.

New Nuclear 19 October 2020


Canadian government invests in SMR technology

Canadian government invests in SMR technology

The Canadian government is investing CAD20 million (USD15 million) of federal funds to accelerate development of Terrestrial Energy's Integral Molten Salt Reactor power plant. Small modular reactors are expected to play a key role in the country's efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and in providing economic benefits as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Nuclear 16 October 2020


US DOE selects advanced reactordesigns for demonstration plants

US DOE selects advanced reactor designs for demonstration plants

Teams led by TerraPower and X-energy have been announced as the recipients of USD160 million in initial funding under the US Department of Energy's Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program. The companies get USD80 million each to build a demonstration plant that can be operational within seven years.

New Nuclear 14 October 2020


Framatome and GA team up on fast modular reactor

Framatome and GA team up on fast modular reactor

Framatome and General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems are to collaborate on the development of a new helium-cooled, 50 MWe fast modular reactor. A demonstration of the reactor could be constructed by 2030, with commercialisation of the design by the mid-2030s.

New Nuclear 14 October 2020


UK companies call on government to support nuclear in COVID recovery

UK companies call on government to support nuclear in COVID recovery

Nuclear - including advanced and small modular reactors - can play a positive role in helping to rebuild the post-COVID economy while also helping combat climate change, Urenco and U-Battery Ltd have said in a submission to the UK Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee inquiry on post-pandemic economic growth.

Nuclear Policies 13 October 2020


Micro modular reactors proposed for Idaho and Illinois

Micro modular reactors proposed for Idaho and Illinois

Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation is proposing to deploy its Micro Modular Reactor at sites in Idaho and Illinois by 2026 through partnerships with Idaho National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  

New Nuclear 13 October 2020


Bruce Power to help explore use of eVinci in Canada

Bruce Power to help explore use of eVinci in Canada

Bruce Power and Westinghouse Electric Company have agreed to pursue applications of Westinghouse's eVinci micro reactor programme within Canada. The companies said the agreement supports efforts by the federal and provincial governments to study applications for nuclear technology to reach their goal of a Net Zero Canada by 2050.

New Nuclear 12 October 2020


Terrapower selects Bechtel as Natrium reactor partner

Terrapower selects Bechtel as Natrium reactor partner

TerraPower has selected Bechtel as its design, licensing, procurement and construction partner in a federal grant application to build a demonstration plant for the Natrium reactor and energy system architecture. TerraPower and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy launched the Natrium concept in August. It features a 345 MWe sodium fast reactor combined with a molten salt energy storage.
 

New Nuclear 09 October 2020


UK report highlights benefits of nuclear cogeneration

UK report highlights benefits of nuclear cogeneration

Nuclear energy could help the UK achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, not only through the generation of low-carbon electricity but also by fully utilising the generated heat, according to a policy briefing published yesterday by the Royal Society. This heat could be used to heat homes, produce hydrogen and decarbonise industry, it says.

Energy & Environment 08 October 2020