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Innovation is key to nuclear's future, says Rising

Innovation is key to nuclear's future, says Rising

Nuclear innovation is driving improvement in all parts of the industry, enhancing reliability, efficiency, economics and flexibility, World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising told the International Atomic Energy Agency's Scientific Forum 2020 today. She said innovation is accelerating the development and commercialisation of small modular reactors opening up additional applications for nuclear energy.

New Nuclear 22 September 2020


GA delivers HALEU-fuelled reactor concept for Mars mission

GA delivers HALEU-fuelled reactor concept for Mars mission

A design concept for a nuclear thermal propulsion reactor to power future astronaut missions to Mars has exceeded key performance parameters and optimised the reactor for manufacturability, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems has announced. The reactor's features include a compact core thanks to the use of high-assay low-enriched uranium fuel.
 
 

New Nuclear 17 September 2020


CNL to help develop IMSR fuel monitoring technology

CNL to help develop IMSR fuel monitoring technology

Terrestrial Energy and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories are to collaborate on a programme of work evaluating safeguards related to the operation of Terrestrial's Integral Molten Salt Reactor. The work will involve developing and testing techniques to track the behaviour of the proposed liquid fuel that would be used in Terrestrial's IMSR design.

New Nuclear 16 September 2020


TerraPower and Centrus team up for HALEU production

TerraPower and Centrus team up for HALEU production

TerraPower has announced plans to team with nuclear fuel and services provider Centrus Energy to establish commercial-scale, domestic production capabilities for high-assay, low-enriched uranium. This, it says, will be needed to fuel many next-generation reactor designs, including the recently announced Natrium Power Storage System designed by TerraPower and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy.

Uranium & Fuel 16 September 2020


Cost-competitive SMRs will find place in electricity ecosystem

Cost-competitive SMRs will find place in electricity ecosystem

Small modular reactors will be an excellent fit in a carbon-free energy future which will require all energy sources to work together, but they must be cost-competitive with other forms of electricity generation, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy President and CEO Jay Wileman told participants in World Nuclear Association's Strategic eForum last week.
 

New Nuclear 16 September 2020


Viewpoint: Revolutionising nuclear safety documentation

Viewpoint: Revolutionising nuclear safety documentation

The use of artificial intelligence solutions could help achieve a step-change in nuclear safety, write Julianne Antrobus and Derreck Van Gelderen of PA Consulting.

Perspectives 16 September 2020


UK pledges GBP65 million for robots, batteries and advanced therapies

UK pledges GBP65 million for robots, batteries and advanced therapies

The UK government today announced GBP65 million (USD84 million) of investment in future technologies, including GBP15 million to enable universities, research organisations and businesses to build robots to inspect, maintain and repair nuclear power stations, satellites and wind turbines. The robotics will also be used to address new problems resulting from the pandemic, including ones that can operated remotely and make contact-free deliveries or move hospital beds.

Nuclear Policies 10 September 2020


First European reactor loads EnCore accident tolerant fuel

First European reactor loads EnCore accident tolerant fuel

Lead test assemblies of EnCore accident tolerant fuel have been installed in Engie Electrabel's Doel unit 4 in Belgium, Westinghouse Electric Company and ENUSA Industrias Avanzadas have announced. Doel 4 is the second commercial nuclear power plant in the world, and the first in Europe, into which EnCore assemblies have been installed.

Uranium & Fuel 09 September 2020


Rosatom extends digital technology progress

Rosatom extends digital technology progress

The Russian government, Rosatom and Rostec have signed a statement of intent for the development of end-to-end digital technology. In a separate digital technology development, Rosatom has announced the creation of a digital configuration management system for the Hanhikivi-1 nuclear power plant project in Finland.

Corporate 01 September 2020


New experiment holders accelerate nuclear fuel testing

New experiment holders accelerate nuclear fuel testing

New modular-based experiment holders developed by the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory are expected to improve transient testing on nuclear fuels and materials, and enable new clients like NASA to take advantage of the unique capabilities at INL's Transient Reactor Test Facility.

New Nuclear 28 August 2020