• Wed, Sep 29 2021

    Pressure vessel used in Russian world-record attempt

    Russian strongmen have achieved a world first: pulling a nuclear reactor. The athletic demonstration event took place at Atomenergomash's Volgodonsk factory on 28 September, which is celebrated as Nuclear Industry Worker's Day. ...read more
    • Wed, Sep 29 2021

    Czech support for nuclear becomes law

    Support for new nuclear build at the Czech Republic's Dukovany power plant has been signed into law by President Miloš Zeman. It is designed to remove market failures that stand in the way of the Czech Republic's goal to rely on nuclear energy for secure supply of power and heat. ...read more
    • Wed, Sep 29 2021

    European medical isotope network launched

    The PRISMAP network was recently launched which will see more than 20 European academic institutions and research centres pooling their knowledge, expertise and infrastructure to speed up the introduction of new medical radioisotopes. The network aims to provide a sustainable source of high-purity grade novel radionuclides for medical research. ...read more
    • Tue, Sep 28 2021

    Renewable fuel additive created in radiation process

    Radiation from used nuclear fuel could be used to create a valuable fuel additive needed for renewable biodiesel, scientists in Slovenia and the UK have shown. The research highlights that there are "unexplored renewable processes that can be realised using ionising radiation - especially considering used fuel pools as a source of catalytic energy ...read more
    • Tue, Sep 28 2021

    Regulatory approval for new isotope production at Bruce

    Canada's Bruce Power has received approval from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for the commercial production of the medical radioisotope lutetium-177 in its nuclear power plants. The project to produce the innovative therapeutic isotope, which is used in the treatment of prostate cancer and neuroendocrine tumours, is a partnership between ...read more
    • Tue, Sep 28 2021

    UKAEA opens new fusion research centre

    The UK Atomic Energy Authority has opened its new nuclear Fusion Technology Facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The facility will develop and test materials and components in the simulated conditions of a fusion power plant. ...read more
    • Mon, Sep 27 2021

    Nuclear needed for hydrogen production, study says

    To facilitate rapid decarbonisation and cut dependency on fossil fuels, both nuclear energy and renewables are needed for power and hydrogen production, a new independent study has concluded. The study, by Aurora Energy Research, investigates the benefits of deploying both nuclear and renewables for hydrogen production, to support the energy transition ...read more
    • Mon, Sep 27 2021

    GAO calls on Congress to break used fuel disposal impasse

    Congress needs to take action to break the impasse over a permanent solution for commercial used nuclear fuel, according to a report from the US Government Accountability Office. The report identifies four matters for congressional consideration - including amending legislation to authorise a new consent-based siting process and restructuring the Nuclear ...read more
    • Fri, Sep 24 2021

    NuScale signs with new Polish partners to replace coal

    NuScale has signed a second agreement to consider its small reactors as a general replacement for coal units in Poland. The US small reactor vendor will support two energy firms, Poland-based Unimot and USA-based Getka, in their joint work to explore the possibility. ...read more
    • Fri, Sep 24 2021

    CNSC confirms orders on CANDU restarts

    The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has confirmed or amended orders issued to Bruce Power and Ontario Power Generation related to pressure tube fitness for service following a public hearing held on 10 September. The regulator confirmed the orders issued for certain units at the Bruce, Darlington and Pickering CANDU plants, but removed Pickering ...read more
    • Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Polish companies sign MoUs on SMR deployment and supply chain

    Two separate agreements have been announced between Polish companies and North American small modular reactor vendors and suppliers. A memorandum of understanding between Cameco, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, GEH SMR Technologies Canada Ltd and Synthos Green Energy will see those companies evaluate a potential Canadian supply chain for a fleet of BWRX ...read more
    • Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Group of Vienna aims to tackle global challenges

    Global nuclear industry leaders have agreed to work together with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency as the Group of Vienna to apply nuclear energy to addressing climate change and advancing sustainable development. ...read more
    • Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Normandy restates its support for EPRs at Penly

    Local elected officials from the region around the Penly nuclear power plant in Normandy, northern France, have reiterated their support for the construction of two EPR2 reactors at the site. In a manifesto expressing their support, they say such a project - representing an investment of about EUR15 billion (USD17 billion) - would have a significant ...read more
    • Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Companies sign agreement to increase Ukrainian power output

    Westinghouse Electric Company and Ukrainian company NT-Engineering LLC have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to implement maintenance optimisation and system repair projects for VVER reactors. They said the work will increase the safety levels and performance of Ukrainian VVERs, improving annual power output and reducing operational costs. ...read more
    • Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Tokamak Energy develops new magnet protection technology

    Tokamak Energy of the UK announced it has demonstrated a transformative magnet protection technology that improves the commercial viability of fusion power plants, delivering higher performance than alternative magnet systems. It said results from the latest tests validate a revolutionary approach to scaling up high-temperature superconducting magnets ...read more
    • Wed, Sep 22 2021

    Uranium mining goes digital in Russia

    'Digital' mining has started at the Khokhlovskoye uranium deposit in Russia, Rosatom subsidiaries announced. Operators have full information on the process and its environmental effects, as well as simulation of their options. ...read more
    • Wed, Sep 22 2021

    South Africa planning to start nuclear procurement

    South Africa plans to issue a Request for Proposal for 2500 MWe of new nuclear capacity at the end of March 2022 and complete the procurement process in 2024, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Nobuhle Pamela Nkabane told the International Atomic Energy Agency 65th General Conference . The country is also finalising its ratification of ...read more
    • Wed, Sep 22 2021

    EU, IAEA extend cooperation in nuclear safety

    The European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency have extended a 2013 agreement to cooperate on nuclear safety. Their cooperation has already led to over one hundred nuclear safety review missions, environmental remediation at former uranium sites in Central Asia and more effective radioactive waste management in Africa. ...read more
    • Wed, Sep 22 2021

    Abu Dhabi launches clean energy certificate scheme

    The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy has issued a regulatory policy for implementing a clean energy certificates scheme it says will cater to a growing appetite among businesses and consumers to contribute to the fight against climate change. The scheme provides an accreditation system based on internationally recognised standards and lays the foundations ...read more
    • Wed, Sep 22 2021

    More funding needed to complete Central Asian remediation

    A renewed call has been made for additional donor funding in order to tackle the most urgent problems caused by radioactive and toxic waste at legacy uranium site in Central Asia, with the International Atomic Energy Agency estimating an additional EUR40 million (USD47 million) is required. The call came as all parties directly involved in the project ...read more
    • Tue, Sep 21 2021

    Second Belarusian reactor nears operation

    Ostrovets 2 is at the hot test stage of commissioning and should begin generating electricity next year, Belarusian energy minister Viktor Karankevich said on the sidelines of the International Atomic Energy Agency's General Conference yesterday. "Nuclear and radiation safety is an unconditional priority for our country, and we strictly adhere ...read more
    • Tue, Sep 21 2021

    Trial of advanced fuel begins at Rostov

    Advanced fuel assemblies have begun an operational trial at Russia's Rostov nuclear power plant. Fuel manufacturer TVEL said if successful they would provide a higher level of performance and safety. "Fuel irradiation in a commercial reactor is an important step for the further commercialisation of this product," said Natalia Nikipelova ...read more
    • Tue, Sep 21 2021

    International event focuses on nuclear supply chain

    The nuclear industry will need to achieve even closer coordination among licensees, regulators and suppliers to ensure its supply chain can efficiently meet the needs of buyers, according to participants in an event held by Foratom and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Some of the changes instigated to deal with the challenges of the COVID-19 ...read more
    • Tue, Sep 21 2021

    New Orano research centre inaugurated

    Orano's new Centre for Innovation in Extractive Metallurgy ( Centre d'Innovation en Métallurgie Extractive , CIME) facility at its Bessines-sur-Gartempe site in the New Aquitaine region of France has been inaugurated by French Prime Minister Jean Castex. The new facility - one of the group's main R&D centres - will host industrial pilot ...read more
    • Mon, Sep 20 2021

    US DOD invites public comment on Project Pele draft EIS

    The US Department of Defense, acting through the Strategic Capabilities Office and with the Department of Energy as a cooperating agency, has released a draft environmental impact statement for the construction and demonstration phase of a prototype mobile microreactor. A public comment period on the draft EIS will begin on 24 September. ...read more