Department of Energy to Provide $12 Million for Nuclear Data Research

DOE Programs Support Cross-Cutting Research WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a plan to provide up to $12 million for new research on nuclear data. The aim is to expand and improve the quality of data needed for a wide range of nuclear-related activities from basic research in nuclear science …

Design updates, financial shakeup prompt utilities to rethink structure of NuScale’s $6.1B SMR project

A number of western municipal utilities are trying to avoid getting locked into a first-of-a-kind nuclear project if its costs continue to go up. The members of Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) are in talks to potentially transform the structure of what would be the first commercial-scale small modular nuclear reactor facility in the …

Can 3D printing build a better, cheaper reactor faster?

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — A 3D-printed nuclear reactor, if built and demonstrated, could open a path to advanced commercial nuclear power stations that produce carbon-free electricity at a cost competitive with natural gas turbine power plants. That’s the hope of Kurt Terrani, director of the Transformational Challenge Reactor Demonstration Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. …

Canada, Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation One Step Closer to Constructing World’s First Micro Modular Reactor with Signing of Project Host Agreement

Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) continues to make progress towards deployment of its first micro modular reactor (MMRTM) with the signing of the Project Host Agreement for the company’s initial deployment site in Canada. Global First Power (GFP) Ltd., the joint venture between Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Seattle-based Ultra Safe Nuclear, has signed a …

Nuclear power stations will create 6,000 UK ‘levelling up’ jobs by 2025 and 40,000 in 15 years in a boost to green economic recovery

The UK SMR consortium, led by Rolls-Royce, has announced it expects to create 6,000 regional UK jobs within the next five years, if the UK Government makes a clear commitment that enables a fleet of 16 small modular reactor (SMR) power stations to be built over the next 20 years. The power stations will help …

Idaho Falls endorses SMR project

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Idaho Falls has reaffirmed its commitment to the Small Modular Reactor (SMR) project and the development of other reliable, carbon-free nuclear power generation. The City Council last night voted to support the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) and reaffirmed Idaho Falls Power’s support for the CFPP as it enters the next phase …

Small Reactors, Great Potential

Hearing the words ‘nuclear power’ usually conjures up images of huge power plants and cooling towers, but with small modular reactors (SMRs) and microreactors (MRs) starting to become a reality, the face and reach of nuclear power is changing. “SMRs and MRs provide low carbon energy like large nuclear reactors do, but they are smaller, …

Floating nuclear power plant covers over 50% of electric energy demand in Chukotka

Floating nuclear power plant (FNPP) “Akademic Lomonosov” operated by Rosenergoatom (Electric Energy Division of Rosatom) currently covers over 50% of electric energy demand in the Chukotka Autonomous Region, Kirill Klimenko, representative of Rosenergoatom’s Department for FNPP Construction and Operation, told IAA PortNews. He reminded that FNPP was put into operation on 22 May 2020 with …

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 …