U.S. Department of Energy Further Advances Nuclear Energy Technology through Awards of $10.6 Million

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced funding selectees for multiple domestic advanced nuclear technology projects. Three projects in three states will receive varying amounts for a total of approximately $11 million in funding. The projects are cost-shared and will allow industry-led teams, including participants from federal agencies, public and private laboratories, institutions of …

Why advanced nuclear reactors may be here sooner than many imagine

Advanced nuclear reactors are moving toward commercialization faster and with less government support than many realize. Their smaller size and advances in computing are helping. Over the last several years, there has been growing recognition that nuclear energy is an important climate mitigation technology. Several states around the country have shifted from renewable energy mandates …

Russia and Vietnam signed an MoU on the implementation of Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology

ROSATOM and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam signed a Memorandum on the implementation of Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST) in Vietnam. The document was signed by the Director General of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev and the Minister of Science and Technology of Vietnam Chu Ngoc Anh in …

Korean Nuclear Reactor APR1400 Wins Favorable Reviews from WANO Members

Jung Jae-hoon, president of Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, delivers a speech at the WANO 30th anniversary ceremony at Hilton Hotel in Tokyo on May 15. Korea’s next-generation nuclear reactor APR1400 has received favorable reviews from members of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) for its compliance with the requirements of the U.S. Nuclear …

US needs new approach to advanced reactor demonstration, report says

The US Department of Energy (DOE) should learn from the legacy of the NASA commercial orbital transportation services (COTS) programme to return the USA to a leadership role in nuclear energy, the Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) says in a report issued today. The report, Enabling Nuclear Innovation: In Search of a SpaceX for Nuclear Energy, reviews …

World’s only floating nuclear power unit to begin commercial production in Russia

After a series of successful and comprehensive tests, including on its twin KLT-40 reactor system, the unique floating nuclear power unit (FPU) “Akademik Lomonosov” is ready to start commercial operations. The FPU’s reactors, No.1 and No.2, were successfully brought up to 100% capacity on the March 31. These tests confirmed the operational stability of the …

Industry looks to small ‘plug and play’ power plants as the future of nuclear

THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY GETS SERIOUS ABOUT SMALL ‘PLUG AND PLAY’ POWER PLANTS: As the hulking nuclear power plants of the past are being forced to shut down under the weight of their own finances, the future of the industry looks to be smaller, less-costly “plug-and-play” power plants. The industry is seeking to prove a number …

Nuclear Jobs Outlook Hinges on Advanced Designs’ Success, Existing Plants

Photo: In October 2018, workers clear debris from a house destroyed by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla. Hurricane recovery work has increased competition for construction workers, making it more difficult for the nuclear construction industry to hire people. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) The U.S. nuclear industry faces a reckoning over whether existing nuclear plants …