Oklo reports progress in Idaho, Ohio

A land rights agreement signed with the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI) gives Oklo Inc the option and right of first refusal to purchase land in Southern Ohio where Oklo envisages deploying two of its Aurora ‘powerhouses’. Meanwhile, the safety design strategy for a planned fuel facility in Idaho to support the deployment of its …

Holtec Announces a Novel Combined Nuclear/Solar Power Plant Design To Stem the Rise of Carbon in the Environment

We are pleased to announce a new innovative power plant design which melds the benefits of nuclear (high energy density, non-polluting, base load) with those of solar (zero fuel cost, minor regulatory barriers) that is entirely carbon-free and is adaptable for deployment in any country. Called CNSP, an acronym for Combined Nuclear/Solar Plant, this design employs Holtec’s SMR-300 small …

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 (INL) for testing and examination. The tests are part of the process to qualify the fuel for use in commercial reactors. The shipment contains both accident tolerant fuel – also known as ATF – and high burnup …

25 SMR license applications expected by 2029, plus six other takeaways from FERC, NRC joint meeting

“Even though a lot of politicians in California wanted to close [Diablo Canyon], they faced the reality that they could not close it and keep their lights on,” FERC’s Christie said. Grid reliability and small modular reactors were key topics at a biennial meeting between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission …

Newcleo and Naarea launch Gen-IV partnership

France’s Naarea and the UK-headquartered Newcleo have announced a strategic and industrial partnership designed “to support all players in their industrial, technological, scientific and regulatory development” of Generation IV fast neutron reactors. The companies say that the partnership will be open to others to join and said it will focus on key areas where there …

Agreement to advance SMRs in Alberta

The agreement between North American power producer Capital Power Corporation and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) will see the two companies work together to examine the feasibility of developing grid-scale small modular reactors (SMRs) in the province, including possible ownership and operating structures. The feasibility assessment will be completed within two years. At the same time, …

France bets €1bn on startups building bus-sized nuclear reactors to fight climate change

After years of playing defence, the nation’s nuclear industry is seizing its startup moment After years of trying to reduce its dependence on nuclear power, France has radically changed its tune, betting heavily on the sector to help reach its climate goals. The French government has committed €1bn as part of its France 2030 plan to support …

Parliament backs EU push for small nuclear reactors

The European Parliament backed the development of small nuclear reactors (SMRs) this week, a move welcomed by EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson, who has already called for a rapid turnaround of EU initiatives. Tabled by Slovenian EPP MEP Franc Bogovič, the  European Parliament’s initiative report on “small modular reactors” was adopted with 409 votes in favour, 173 …

Korean team to push their SMR design with eyes on Canada

The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (Kaeri) and Hyundai Engineering have signed a memorandum of agreement aimed at winning export markets for its small modular reactor (SMR) technology. The agreement was formalised on Monday by Hong Hyun-seong, the chief executive of Hyundai, and Joo Han-gyu, the president of Kaeri. “Together with Hyundai Engineering, we anticipate …