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British company pioneers new nuclear welding technique

British company pioneers new nuclear welding technique

Sheffield Forgemasters has completed weld-assembly of a full-sized small modular reactor nuclear vessel demonstrator assembly using Local Electron-Beam Welding. It said the technique took less than 24 hours to complete four, thick, nuclear-grade welds, typically requiring a year of work to complete.

Corporate 19 February 2024


GNF gets approval to manufacture higher enrichment fuel

GNF gets approval to manufacture higher enrichment fuel

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved GE Vernova's nuclear fuel business to manufacture, ship and analyse the performance of nuclear fuel with uranium-235 enrichments of up to 8%.

Uranium & Fuel 15 February 2024


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Japan demonstrates floating seismic isolation system for SMRs

Japan demonstrates floating seismic isolation system for SMRs

A team led by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency has concluded a series of large-scale demonstration tests for an innovative new floating seismic isolation system intended for pairing with small modular reactors to enable siting feasibility, including in areas of high seismicity.

New Nuclear 12 February 2024


US lab reviews low-pressure microreactor design

US lab reviews low-pressure microreactor design

Idaho National Laboratory has completed a pre-conceptual design review of NANO Nuclear Energy Inc's ODIN low-pressure coolant microreactor design. The company's ZEUS microreactor design is also to be reviewed by the lab.

New Nuclear 06 February 2024


Holtec unveils hybrid nuclear-solar power plant design

Holtec unveils hybrid nuclear-solar power plant design

Holtec International has announced a new power plant design which combines the benefits of nuclear with those of solar. The Combined Nuclear/Solar Plant features the company's SMR-300 small modular reactor, its HI-THERM HSP solar thermal system, together with its Green Boiler energy storage system.

New Nuclear 02 February 2024


UK decommissioning research partnership begins to bear fruit

UK decommissioning research partnership begins to bear fruit

A research partnership between the UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and National Decommissioning Centre, formed in 2022, is already helping the energy sector to reduce costs and emissions, improve environmental outcomes and deliver sustainable net-zero decommissioning.

Waste & Recycling 02 February 2024


New partnerships further radioisotope power plans

New partnerships further radioisotope power plans

Zeno Power's first full-scale radioisotope power systems will be fuelled by strontium-90 material recycled from a legacy radioisotope generator under a new public-private partnership with the US Department of Energy Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management. The company has also announced a partnership with Westinghouse to fabricate the heat sources for its systems.

New Nuclear 30 January 2024


Nukem completes mock-up of waste cementation system

Nukem completes mock-up of waste cementation system

Germany's Nukem Technologies Engineering Services GmbH - a subsidiary of Russia's TVEL - announced that the experimental setup for its state-of-the-art in-barrel cementation facility has been successfully completed.

Waste & Recycling 29 January 2024


Advanced nuclear fuel arrives at INL for testing

Advanced nuclear fuel arrives at INL for testing

Westinghouse Electric Company has shipped 25 irradiated experimental nuclear fuel rods, including accident-tolerant fuel, to Idaho National Laboratory for testing and examination. The tests are part of the process to qualify the fuel for use in commercial reactors.

Uranium & Fuel 26 January 2024


Nuclear battery: Chinese firm aiming for mass market production

Nuclear battery: Chinese firm aiming for mass market production

Beijing Betavolt New Energy Technology Company Ltd claims to have developed a miniature atomic energy battery that can generate electricity stably and autonomously for 50 years without the need for charging or maintenance. It said the battery is currently in the pilot stage and will be put into mass production on the market.

Corporate 16 January 2024