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US national lab supercomputers to help fight COVID-19

US national lab supercomputers to help fight COVID-19

Five US National Laboratories will play a key role in a consortium tasked with harnessing the power of supercomputers to combat COVID-19, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said in a video address yesterday. The supercomputing facilities at the Department of Energy's national laboratories are used, amongst other things, to carry out research supporting the development of next-stage nuclear reactors and advanced nuclear fuel. President Donald Trump announced the launch of the consortium, which includes the Argonne, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge and Sandia labs, on 23 March.

Covid-19 26 March 2020


US low-carbon power seeks way past pandemic

US low-carbon power seeks way past pandemic

The USA's clean energy sectors have outlined the government support they need to get through the COVID-19 pandemic. Associations representing the nuclear, hydro, solar and wind energy industries have all written to Federal leaders for help.

Covid-19 25 March 2020


US report identifies nuclear workforce trends

US report identifies nuclear workforce trends

The US nuclear power sector shed more than 2000 jobs last year, according to a newly released report by the National Association of State Energy Officials and the Energy Futures Initiative. The sector employed a total of 60,916 workers across the country in 2019, which was over 3% less than in 2018, although employment in the nuclear fuel sector rose slightly.
 

Corporate 24 March 2020


Challenging times highlight supply chain importance, says UEC chief

Challenging times highlight supply chain importance, says UEC chief

Recent global events and supply disruptions have highlighted the importance of domestic supply chains, the CEO of US uranium producer Uranium Energy Corp said today. The company has postponed plans to resume a drilling programme at its Burke Hollow in-situ leach project until market conditions "normalise".

Uranium & Fuel 20 March 2020


Oklo submits first advanced reactor licence application

Oklo submits first advanced reactor licence application

California-based Oklo Inc has submitted a combined licence application for its Aurora "powerhouse" to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. This is the first COLA to be submitted using a new application structure for advanced fission technologies and the first privately funded application for a commercial advanced reactor.

Regulation & Safety 18 March 2020


Beaver Valley deactivation notice rescinded

Beaver Valley deactivation notice rescinded

Energy Harbor Corp has rescinded the deactivation notices for the two-unit Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, which had been scheduled to shut down in 2021. Energy Harbor's decision comes after the state began the process to join a regional initiative aiming to reduce carbon emissions through the trading of emissions allowances.
 

Corporate 16 March 2020


US regulators issue draft EIS on used fuel facility

US regulators issue draft EIS on used fuel facility

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a draft environmental impact statement for Holtec International's proposed consolidated HI-STORE interim storage facility and made a preliminary recommendation that there are no environmental impacts that would preclude it from issuing a licence for environmental reasons. Holtec proposes initially to store 500 canisters holding around 8680 tonnes of used nuclear fuel at the New Mexico site.

Waste & Recycling 12 March 2020


BWXT to produce TRISO fuel for 3D-printed reactor

BWXT to produce TRISO fuel for 3D-printed reactor

BWXT Nuclear Operations Group, Inc has been awarded a contract from the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to manufacture TRISO nuclear fuel to support the continued development of the Transformational Challenge Reactor . The TCR project aims to build an additively manufactured microreactor, with a demonstration unit planned to be operational by 2023.

New Nuclear 12 March 2020


US Defense Department awards microreactor contracts

US Defense Department awards microreactor contracts

The US Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded contracts to BWX Technologies Inc, Westinghouse Government Services and X-energy LLC to each begin design work on a mobile nuclear reactor prototype. The engineering design phase of the project will last up to two years, after which one of the three teams may be selected to build and demonstrate a prototype reactor.

New Nuclear 10 March 2020


Second US plant licensed for 80-year operation

Second US plant licensed for 80-year operation

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved Exelon Generation Company's application for an additional 20 years of operation for Peach Bottom units 2 and 3, authorising an operating life of up to 80 years. These are the second subsequent licence renewals granted by the US regulator, following Turkey Point units 3 and 4 which were granted renewals last December. Peach Bottom 2's subsequent renewed licence will expire on 8 August 2053 and units 3's on 2 July 2054. 

Regulation & Safety 09 March 2020