International leaders convene at Penn State to map future of nuclear power

To continually support the safety and efficiency of the world’s power supply, international leaders in nuclear safety and regulation convened at Penn State on July 1 to establish and guide an upcoming research project to be conducted in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME). Fan-Bill Cheung, the George L. Guillet Professor of Mechanical Engineering and …

Tories plan mini-nuclear reactors for the North in major change to energy policy

Government pumping £18m into construction of reactors designed by Rolls-Royce which are expected to create thousands of jobs. A series of mini-nuclear reactors could be built across the North in a major power scheme. Plants could generate energy in Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire under a project spearheaded by Rolls-Royce for “small modular reactors”. The …

Oak Ridge advanced manufacturing facility develops technologies for new methods of production

America’s oldest and biggest research lab in Oak Ridge has reshaped science around the world and remains a key asset for East Tennessee’s workforce, businesses and economy. This Sunday and next, the Times Free Press looks at some of the work of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its impact in our region. In 2015, …

DOE Announces Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement to Examine Building a Versatile Test Reactor in the U.S.

Today in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register announcing that the department will develop an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study the impacts of building a Versatile Test Reactor in the U.S. to test future fuels and materials …

U.S. Senate Targets Saudi Nuclear Technology

The bipartisan bill follows the revelation that a longtime Trump advisor was pushing for lucrative nuclear deals with Riyadh. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is introducing new legislation aimed at restricting the transfer of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, the latest sign of growing congressional backlash to the Trump administration’s close relationship with the wealthy Gulf …

Nuclear power must feature in the IRP, insists SAYNPS

The South African Young Nuclear Professional Society (SAYNPS) urges the minister to follow through with plans to return the South African nuclear industry to its former glory. Following Minister Gwede Mantashe’s Mineral Resources and Energy Budget Vote Speech earlier this month, the organisation is very optimistic about the future of the nuclear industry in South …

Innovative funding models and technologies to drive investment in new wave of low carbon energy

New nuclear power and new technologies to cut emissions across the economy could be rolled out under a new financing model and government investment to decarbonise the UK’s energy sector. The government today (23 July 2019) set out proposals to explore the use of the Regulated Asset Base (RAB) approach to attract significant private investment for future …

Planned small nuclear project reaches milestone with more Utah cities signing on

Enough communities in Utah and elsewhere have agreed to purchase nuclear power from a small modular reactor planned at the Idaho National Laboratory, triggering a next phase in its development. Participating members in the Carbon Free Power Project signed contracts that total more than 150 megawatts, which means there will be an increased focus on …

China launches small reactor project in push for nuclear dominance

China has started building its first small modular reactor (SMR) project on the island province of Hainan, the state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said on Thursday, as part of the country’s efforts to diversify its nuclear sector. The project was originally scheduled to go into construction in 2017. The company did not say when …