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JET team discovers neon can improve plasma barrier

JET team discovers neon can improve plasma barrier

Scientists working on the Joint European Torus device have discovered that neon could be used to force extreme heat load away from a fusion reactor's exhaust system while maintaining high performance. Recent tests used neon to radiate and improve the edge of plasma known as a 'pedestal', which separates the very hot core from a cooler layer and away from material surfaces.

New Nuclear 27 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


US Defense Department invites comment on microreactor

US Defense Department invites comment on microreactor

The US Department of Defense is seeking public comment on a proposal to construct and demonstrate a prototype advanced mobile nuclear microreactor to support its domestic and operational energy demands. This is expected to be a small advanced gas reactor using high-assay low enriched uranium tristructural isotropic (TRISO) fuel and air cooling.

New Nuclear 03 March 2020


Companies work on securing medical isotope supplies

Companies work on securing medical isotope supplies

Three recent announcements will help secure future supplies of vital medical radioisotopes. Westinghouse Electric Company and Nordion (Canada) Inc are to work together on technology to produce cobalt-60 in pressurised water reactors; Framatome and Kinectrics have launched a new joint venture to produce lutetium-177 in partnership with Bruce Power; and BWXT Technologies' proprietary technetium-99m generators have passed a testing milestone.

Regulation & Safety 28 February 2020


ATF assemblies complete first fuel cycle at Hatch

ATF assemblies complete first fuel cycle at Hatch

Lead test assemblies of accident-tolerant fuel installed in unit 1 of Southern Nuclear's Edwin I Hatch nuclear power plant in early 2018 have completed a 24-month fuel cycle. A sample of the lead test rods will now undergo testing.

Uranium & Fuel 26 February 2020


US DOE funds compact particle accelerator development

US DOE funds compact particle accelerator development

The US Department of Energy has announced a plan to provide USD10 million over three years to advance particle accelerator technology for medical, security, energy, and industrial applications, with a focus on the development of novel "compact" accelerator technologies for cancer treatment and other uses.

Corporate 28 January 2020


Rolls-Royce sees SMRs on UK grid by 2029

Rolls-Royce sees SMRs on UK grid by 2029

Paul Stein, chief technology officer for Rolls-Royce, told the BBC today the British engineering firm has a target of 2029 for commissioning small modular reactors in the UK. The ambition is part of the country's aim to achieve net zero by 2050, initially using former nuclear power sites in Cumbria and Wales.

New Nuclear 24 January 2020


Russia completes testing of latest fast reactor fuel

Russia completes testing of latest fast reactor fuel

Siberian Chemical Combine has completed acceptance tests of its ETVS-22, ETVS-23 and ETVS-24 experimental fuel assemblies with mixed uranium-plutonium (nitride) nuclear fuel for fast neutron reactors. Based in Seversk, SCC is a subsidiary of TVEL, the nuclear fuel manufacturing subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Uranium & Fuel 22 January 2020


GEH and TerraPower team up for VTR development

GEH and TerraPower team up for VTR development

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and TerraPower are to collaborate on pursuing a public private partnership to design and construct the Versatile Test Reactor for the US Department of Energy. Utility Energy Northwest will support the joint GEH-TerraPower effort, with other parties said to be interested in joining.

New Nuclear 22 January 2020