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BN-800 fast reactor has first full refuelling with MOX fuel

BN-800 fast reactor has first full refuelling with MOX fuel

Unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant, Russia's BN-800 reactor, has been connected to the grid and resumed operations upon completion of scheduled maintenance. For the first time the refuelling has been carried out with uranium-plutonium fuel only.

Uranium & Fuel 24 February 2021


Czech solution to fuel rod corrosion receives US patent

Czech solution to fuel rod corrosion receives US patent

Czech scientists have received a US patent for their discovery that a polycrystalline-diamond coating can significantly protect fuel rods against corrosion during both normal reactor operation and accidents. Researchers from the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics of the Czech Technical University and the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic obtained an EU patent for the technology in April last year.

Uranium & Fuel 22 February 2021


Perseverance starts exploration of Mars

Perseverance starts exploration of Mars

NASA's Perseverance rover successfully touched down on Mars yesterday, 203 days after being launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The rover, which is powered by a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator developed and fuelled in partnership with the US Department of Energy, will explore the Jezero Crater and collect samples that will eventually be returned to Earth.

New Nuclear 19 February 2021


TVEL announces manufacturing contracts for fast reactor

TVEL announces manufacturing contracts for fast reactor

Siberian Chemical Combine has signed a contract with CKBM for the manufacture and supply of equipment for the refuelling of the BREST-OD-300 fast reactor demonstration plant. The production, supply and installation supervision of steam generators for the reactor facility will be provided by ZiO-Podolsk Machine-Building Plant. Both CKBM and ZiO-Podolsk are part of the machine-building division of Russia's Rosatom.

New Nuclear 19 February 2021


US climate task force begins work

US climate task force begins work

The US Administration has launched its innovation effort to create American jobs while tackling the climate crisis with the creation of a new working group of the National Climate Task Force and the announcement of a new USD100 million federal funding opportunity to support transformational low-carbon energy technologies.

Energy & Environment 12 February 2021


Rolls-Royce on track for 2030 delivery of UK SMR

Rolls-Royce on track for 2030 delivery of UK SMR

Rolls-Royce has almost completed the feasibility stage in the development of its UK small modular reactor and in May will focus on securing investment, its chief technology officer, Paul Stein, said yesterday. The technology will undergo the Generic Design Assessment process with UK regulators in 2024 and will be ready for grid use five years later, he said.

New Nuclear 11 February 2021


Construction licence issued for Russia's BREST reactor

Construction licence issued for Russia's BREST reactor

A licence has been issued by the Russian nuclear regulator Rostechnadzor to the Siberian Chemical Combine for the construction of the BREST-OD-300 reactor at its site in Seversk, Russia. It will be the world's first experimental demonstration power unit featuring a lead-cooled fast neutron reactor.

New Nuclear 11 February 2021


Nuclear industry must embrace digital age, says NEA's Magwood

Nuclear industry must embrace digital age, says NEA's Magwood

The nuclear industry risks being left behind if it fails to follow the example of sectors like aviation to adopt digital technologies, William Magwood, director general of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency said yesterday. Speaking in the plenary session of SNETP Forum 2021, he said the research community must "make the case" for this.

Regulation & Safety 03 February 2021


Framatome EATF completes first fuel cycle

Framatome EATF completes first fuel cycle

Lead assemblies of Framatome's GAIA Enhanced Accident Tolerant Fuel have completed their first 18-month fuel cycle at a US nuclear power plant. This is the first time a full-length EATF concept with both pellets and cladding has completed a fuel cycle in a reactor.

Uranium & Fuel 03 February 2021


IAEA develops drone technology for radiation monitoring

IAEA develops drone technology for radiation monitoring

A new technology using drones, developed by the International Atomic Energy Agency for use by the authorities of Fukushima Prefecture in Japan, allows for the remote monitoring of radiation measurements in areas where contamination is too high for people to enter. The IAEA said the technology is now available for practical use in routine or emergency situations.

Regulation & Safety 02 February 2021