Grossi predicts a dozen new nuclear countries by 2030

A “solid group” of 10-12 countries building nuclear power plants for the first time will emerge in the next decade, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi told OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Director General William Magwood in a WebChat last week. Bangladesh, Belarus, Egypt, Turkey and the UAE are among the nuclear newcomers, …

Canadian government invests in SMR technology

The Canadian government is investing CAD20 million (USD15 million) of federal funds to accelerate development of Terrestrial Energy’s Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) power plant. Small modular reactors (SMRs) are expected to play a key role in the country’s efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and in providing economic benefits as it …

Micro modular reactors proposed for Idaho and Illinois

Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) is proposing to deploy its Micro Modular Reactor (MMR) at sites in Idaho and Illinois by 2026 through partnerships with Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The proposals are part of the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program, which aims to accelerate …

Bruce Power to help explore use of eVinci in Canada

Bruce Power and Westinghouse Electric Company have agreed to pursue applications of Westinghouse’s eVinci micro reactor programme within Canada. The companies said the agreement supports efforts by the federal and provincial governments to study applications for nuclear technology to reach their goal of a Net Zero Canada by 2050. Over the next year, the work …

Uranium market is coping with impact of the pandemic

Most respondents to UxC’s annual summer survey agreed that the uranium market has so far managed the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic effectively, and is proving robust, despite some initial issues with mine production. There is general consensus that the crisis will not harm the future of nuclear power, UxC said. UxC’s biannual survey asks utilities and …

Bill Gates-backed nuclear fusion pioneer: ‘We can fill the gaps left by wind and solar’

Scalable plants of around 200MW could take on the toughest decarbonisation challeges – but not until 2040 or so, says CFS chief executive Nuclear fusion can “fill the gaps” left by wind and solar by safely and cost-competitively cracking the toughest challenges facing global decarbonisation – albeit not until the 2040s –the boss of a …