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Korean collaboration to research marine SMR

Korean collaboration to research marine SMR

The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute and shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries have announced plans to work together on the development of a molten salt reactor for marine propulsion and floating nuclear power plants. Samsung Heavy is also carrying out R&D into using ammonia and hydrogen to power ships in efforts to find alternative, low-emission propulsion options.

Energy & Environment 11 June 2021


Rosatom 'plans new nuclear technology exports'

Rosatom 'plans new nuclear technology exports'

Rosatom will soon submit to the Russian government its plan to invest RUB506 billion (USD7 billion) in new nuclear technologies by 2030, according to Kommersant. Of this, RUB150 will be from the state budget. The plan, dubbed 'New Atomic Energy', was presented for assessment to the working group of the State Council on Energy. If approved, it would be included in the government's socio-economic development strategy for the next decade, the newspaper says.

Corporate 11 June 2021


Alberta oil sands producers look to SMRs

Alberta oil sands producers look to SMRs

Canada's largest oil sands producers have formed an alliance that aims to work with federal and provincial government to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from their operations by 2050. The Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero initiative will, amongst other things, evaluate and accelerate the application of emerging emissions-reducing technologies including small modular nuclear reactors.

Energy & Environment 11 June 2021


Renewables need nuclear to be effective, says Gorman

Renewables need nuclear to be effective, says Gorman

Solar and wind power have the same share of low-carbon electricity globally that they did 20 years ago, proving that they need to work together with nuclear energy for net zero to be achievable, John Gorman, president & CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association, told delegates at the Nuclear Energy Assembly yesterday. Gorman was speaking in the panel discussion Nuclear Energy: A Tool for Meeting Global Goals at the US Nuclear Energy Institute event. The panel was moderated by Carol Berrigan, NEI's executive director for Federal Programs and Supplier Relationships.

Energy & Environment 10 June 2021


CORDEL: Regulatory harmonisation needed to speed SMR deployment

CORDEL: Regulatory harmonisation needed to speed SMR deployment

For small modular reactors to play their part in the clean energy transition, it is crucial that vendors and regulators engage early to clarify the degree of design maturity required to start the licensing process, according to a new report published today by World Nuclear Association. National regulators should collaborate through bilateral and multinational agreements on design and safety reviews, share technical reviews, establish common positions on safety criteria, and make appropriate use of existing reference SMR design reviews to streamline SMR licensing processes, it says.

Regulation & Safety 08 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


China approves construction of demonstration SMR

China approves construction of demonstration SMR

The construction of a demonstration ACP100 small modular reactor at Changjiang in Hainan province has been approved by China's National Development and Reform Commission. The multi-purpose 125 MWe pressurised water reactor - also referred to as the Linglong One - is designed for electricity production, heating, steam production or seawater desalination.

New Nuclear 07 June 2021


Speech: Why I invest in nuclear innovation

Speech: Why I invest in nuclear innovation

It's hard to imagine a future where we can decarbonise our power grid affordably without using more nuclear power, Bill Gates told participants in the Nuclear Energy Assembly, held this week as a virtual event by the Nuclear Energy Institute. The text of his keynote speech on 9 June is as follows.

Perspectives 10 June 2021


Pilot Natrium plant to be built in Wyoming

Pilot Natrium plant to be built in Wyoming

Plans to construct a Natrium reactor demonstration project at a retiring coal plant in the US state of Wyoming were announced yesterday by TerraPower, PacifiCorp and Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon. The companies are evaluating several potential locations in the state for the plant, which will feature a 345 MWe sodium-cooled fast reactor combined with a molten salt energy storage system that can boost the system's output to 500 MWe for more than five-and-a-half hours when needed. They expect to announce the selected site by the end of 2021.

New Nuclear 03 June 2021


Report highlights economic benefits of Canadian SMR deployment

Report highlights economic benefits of Canadian SMR deployment

The construction of the first BWRX-300 small modular reactor in Ontario will generate about CAD2.3 billion (USD1.9 billion) in GDP, CAD1.9 billion in labour income and more than CAD750 million in federal, provincial and municipal tax revenue, PwC Canada has estimated in an independent report commissioned by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy.

New Nuclear 03 June 2021