US federal funding granted for SSR technology development

Moltex Energy USA LLC has been awarded USD2.55 million of US federal funding to develop technologies that will be capable of shortening Stable Salt Reactor (SSR) construction timelines to under three years. The funding, from the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), will be used to develop composite structural technologies (COST) for …

Energy Department Invests Nearly $50 Million at National Laboratories and Universities to Advance Nuclear Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $49.3 million in nuclear energy research, facility access, crosscutting technology development, and infrastructure awards for 58 advanced nuclear technology projects in 25 states. The awards fall under DOE’s nuclear energy programs called the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) program, and crosscutting …

Could small nuclear reactors be the answer to powering off-grid mines?

At this year’s Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada convention, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) extolled the benefits of small nuclear reactors as an alternative to diesel generators for powering remote, off-grid operations. Here, Scarlett Evans looks at the benefits of such a shift, and what it could mean for the wider energy landscape. Global energy …

Latest ETI report supports development of large, small and advanced modular reactors in UK’s transition to a low carbon economy

Update to the role for nuclear in UK’s transition to a low carbon economy’ insight summarises the learnings from the ETI’s Nuclear Cost Drivers project and applies these to the ETI’s ESME whole system modelling tool. New plants can form a major part of an affordable low carbon transition, with possible roles for large nuclear, Small …

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 …