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Revolutionary laser-driven technology unveiled by TAU Systems aims to place the capabilities of high-energy particle accelerators within reach of engineers and scientists the world over, with potential applications in a wide range of fields including nuclear. The Texas-based company is aiming to offer its first commercial service centres in 2027, after starting prototype applications as early as 2024.

Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/New-compact-particle-accelerators-to-offer-game-ch

Microsoft Canada is to procure Clean Energy Credits (CECs) sourced from Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) carbon-free hydro and nuclear assets as part of Microsoft's efforts to power its datacentres with carbon-free energy. The CEC purchase agreement is a "first" for both companies.

Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Microsoft-to-procure-clean-energy-credits-from-OPG

The UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and the National Decommissioning Centre (NDC) have signed a three-year collaborative research agreement - the first of its kind between the nuclear and oil and gas decommissioning sectors.

Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NDA-teams-up-with-oil-and-gas-decommissioning-cent

Unit 3 of the Doel nuclear power plant was disconnected from the grid at 9.31pm on 23 September, in accordance with Belgium's legislation on the gradual phase-out of nuclear energy. Doel 3 is the first of seven Belgian reactors to be taken out of service over the coming years.

Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-Belgian-power-reactor-shut-down

Companies ‘postponing decisions’ on participation Courtesy Lukas Plewnia. About 80 Polish companies are ready to take part in the construction of Poland’s first nuclear power plants, but government targets of between 40% and 80% “local content” in the supply chain are “optimistic”, a conference heard.

Another 300 could take part in the new-build project if they invest the effort and are willing to take risks, according to Bogdan Pilch, president of the Polish Chamber of Power Industry and Environmental Protection*, as quoted by local media.

Mr Pilch told a conference in Warsaw that many companies are postponing decisions about involvement in the Poland’s proposed nuclear programme until the final say on the project by the government.

Bartłomiej Pawlak, vice-chair of the Polish Development Fund , told the conference that targets of between 40% and 70% for local content in Poland’s nuclear new-build plans by potential vendors including US-based Westinghouse, France’s EDF, and South Korea’s KHNP, are “optimistic”.

Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/local-supply-chain-target-for-new-nuclear-optimistic-warsaw-conference-told-9-2-2022

Company has responded to every request, says co-founder The proposed Aurora design consists of a small reactor with integrated solar panels. Courtesy Oklo. California-based nuclear startup Oklo Power has restarted licensing procedures with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for its Aurora compact fast reactor to be deployed at the Idaho National Laboratory site.

Oklo said in a statement it has handed to the NRC a licensing project plan which lays out a framework for interaction with the regulator before the actual application is submitted.

Oklo’s initial application was rejected by the NRC in January 2022 on the grounds of the company’s failure to provide information on several key topics for the Aurora design. Oklo submitted its first application in March 2022.

Jacob DeWitte, co-founder and chief executive of Oklo, said: “Oklo has responded to every NRC request for information promptly and we look forward to continuing to engage with NRC as we prepare for upcoming application submissions.”

Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/oklo-restarts-licensing-process-with-nrc-ahead-of-resubmitting-aurora-application-9-3-2022

Rosatom has installed the VVER-1200 reactor vessel at unit 2 of the Akkuyu NPP, project company Akkuyu Nukleer have announced.

Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrpv-installed-at-akkuyu-2-10038471

Constellation Energy Corporation and the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have announced a long-term agreement to evaluate trends in the US energy system and develop technologies for more efficient, carbon-free power generation.

Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsargonne-national-laboratory-and-constellation-look-at-producing-hydrogen-at-npps-10038453

Belgium has shut down its first nuclear reactor as part of a planned nuclear power phase-out, despite last minute attempts by some government officials to delay the closure in the face of increasing energy shortages in Europe due to sanctions on Russian gas and oil.

Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbelgium-shuts-down-doel-3-10038427

The BN-800 fast reactor at unit 4 of Russia’s Beloyarsk NPP has for the first time been brought to 100% power with a full load of mixed oxide (MOX) fuel.

Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussias-bn-800-achieves-full-power-for-first-time-with-mox-core-10038376