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Arktika icebreaker completes first mission

Arktika icebreaker completes first mission

Russia's new nuclear-powered icebreaker, Arktika, today completed its first operational voyage - piloting the Siyaniye Severa dry cargo ship to the entrance of the Gulf of Ob in the Russian Arctic, Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom has announced.

New Nuclear 24 November 2020


BWXT announces advances in 3D printing of reactor components

BWXT announces advances in 3D printing of reactor components

New additive manufacturing technologies for the design and manufacture of reactor components made from high-temperature alloys and refractory metals have been developed by BWX Technologies in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Such components could find applications in current and advanced reactors, as well as in accident-tolerant fuels.

New Nuclear 24 November 2020


Siberian Chemical Combine reports milestone with new fuel production

Siberian Chemical Combine reports milestone with new fuel production

Russia’s Siberian Chemical Combine has produced more than 1000 experimental fuel elements based on mixed uranium-plutonium nitride fuel during its eight years of participation in the Proryv (Breakthrough) project. Fuel elements of various standard sizes and structural materials were manufactured in order to find and justify the optimal configuration, SCC said in a 13 November statement.

Uranium & Fuel 23 November 2020


Deep Isolation secures funding, launches Estonian study

Deep Isolation secures funding, launches Estonian study

Nuclear waste disposal company Deep Isolation's raising of USD20 million in funding shows that "socially responsible investors" are willing to support the company's mission to become an integral part of a low-carbon future, the company's CEO has said. Separately, Deep Isolation EMEA has announced it is collaborating with Fermi Energia on a preliminary study into using Deep Isolation's horizontal deep borehole solution in Estonia.

Waste & Recycling 20 November 2020


Arktika icebreaker embarks on first mission

Arktika icebreaker embarks on first mission

Russia's new nuclear-powered icebreaker, Arktika, has started its first operational voyage. The vessel left the port of Murmansk on 14 November, headed towards the Kara Sea. It will operate in the waters of the Northern Sea Route until mid-December.

New Nuclear 17 November 2020


DOE publishes strategic framework for hydrogen effort

DOE publishes strategic framework for hydrogen effort

The US Department of Energy yesterday released its Hydrogen Program Plan to provide a strategic framework for its hydrogen research, development, and demonstration activities. The plan, which reinforces DOE's commitment to develop the technologies that can enable hydrogen expansion in the USA, incorporates the RD&D efforts of multiple DOE offices to advance the production, transport, storage, and use of hydrogen across different sectors of the economy.

Energy & Environment 13 November 2020


Speech: The true meaning of innovation

Speech: The true meaning of innovation

Innovation goes beyond gadgets to touch entire energy systems, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León told delegates at the General Chair’s Special Session of the American Nuclear Society's Winter Meeting yesterday. The session, titled Nuclear Science and Industry: The next transformation, featured a panel of science and industry experts discussing how innovation is transforming both the current fleet of reactors and preparing for a future with advanced reactors, integrated systems, and smarter grids. The following is the text of her speech.

Perspectives 18 November 2020


NuScale announces SMR power uprate

NuScale announces SMR power uprate

NuScale Power has announced a 25% increase in power output for its NuScale Power Module small modular reactor, which it says will lead to significant cost savings. It has also announced options for smaller four-module and six-module plant sizes in addition to its flagship 12-module plant.

New Nuclear 11 November 2020


Los Alamos spin-off to commercialise space reactors

Los Alamos spin-off to commercialise space reactors

Los Alamos National Laboratory has agreed to license Kilopower space reactor technology to New Mexico company Space Nuclear Power Corporation, which aims to commercialise the technology for use in space in the next few years.

New Nuclear 04 November 2020


Multinational team to develop MSR-based marine reactor

Multinational team to develop MSR-based marine reactor

A team including Core Power (UK) Ltd, Southern Company, TerraPower and Orano USA has applied to take part in cost-share risk reduction awards under the US Department of Energy's Advanced Reactor Demonstration Programme to build a proof-of-concept for a medium-scale commercial-grade marine reactor based on molten salt reactor technology.

Energy & Environment 04 November 2020