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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has received a shipment of used next-generation light water reactor LWR) fuel from a commercial NPP to support research and testing for the first time in two decades. INL said it had received 25 experimental fuel rods irradiated in the reactor core of a commercial reactor. The fuel rods were developed and manufactured by Westinghouse Electric Company with technical assistance from several US national laboratories, including INL.

Date: Wednesday, 31 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsinl-receives-irradiated-next-generation-fuel-for-testing-11473480

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for uranium enrichment services to help establish a reliable domestic supply of fuels using high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU). Currently, HALEU is not commercially available from US-based suppliers, and boosting domestic supply is seen as vital for the development and deployment of advanced reactors in the US.

Date: Friday, 12 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-presses-ahead-with-haleu-development-11429515

A recent statement from Fitch Ratings casts doubt on any new nuclear construction in the US in the immediate future. Similar concerns were voiced during discussions at a full committee hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources to Examine Opportunities and Challenges Associated with Advanced Nuclear Reactor Commercialisation.

Date: Wednesday, 06 December 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgrowing-uncertainty-in-us-regarding-economics-of-new-nuclear-11347683

The US and Japan are undertaking a joint project to perform transient tests on fast reactor fuels. The experiments are part of a four-year cost-shared facility sharing initiative between the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) under the Civil Nuclear Energy Research and Development Working Group. The experiments will use a device developed by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) that can test advanced reactor fuel experiments in its Transient Reactor Test (TREAT) Facility.

Date: Thursday, 19 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-and-japan-to-test-fast-reactor-fuels-10525032

A research programme into the safety of fast reactor fuel that has been suspended since the 1990s will resume with tests due to begin at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) next month.

Date: Wednesday, 18 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US,-Japan-work-together-on-fast-reactor-fuel-safet

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on 5 May that, to speed up greening of the emerging hydrogen economy, it had launched an initiative to develop a roadmap for the commercial deployment of hydrogen production using nuclear energy. The initiative brings together decision makers, designers, project managers and operators to share the latest advances in national strategies and technologies and to identify technical readiness for different technologies of hydrogen production using nuclear energy. The initiative will culminate in a roadmap guiding document, to provide countries with a tool for evaluating, planning and strategising the development of nuclear hydrogen projects.

Date: Wednesday, 11 May 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-to-develop-roadmap-for-commercial-hydrogen-deployment-9687282

NuScale Power has completed its merger with Spring Valley Acquisition Corp to create the world's first and only publicly traded small modular reactor (SMR) technology provider. The merged company will use the proceeds from the transaction to accelerate the commercialisation of NuScale's SMR technology.

Date: Wednesday, 04 May 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Completion-of-merger-creates-publicly-traded-SMR-c

The national laboratories from the UK, USA, France, Canada and Japan have held a summit at which they agreed to collaborate on research and innovation to get to a net zero energy economy.

Date: Saturday, 05 February 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/National-labs-summit-to-tackle-climate-goals

IAEA meeting examines potential for emerging technology The meeting was held to discuss innovations in the production and use of nuclear hydrogen. Courtesy A. Tahri/IAEA. Nuclear hydrogen can be a “game changer” in the fight against climate change by decarbonising heavy industry, energy storage and even synthetic fuel production as part of a clean energy transition, a side event at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s general conference in Vienna was told.

Mikhail Chudakov, IAEA deputy director-general and head of the department of nuclear energy, said in his opening remarks at the event – held to discuss innovations in the production and use of nuclear hydrogen – that a single 1,000 MW nuclear power reactor could produce more than 200,000 tonnes of hydrogen each year to fuel more than 400,000 fuel cell vehicles or more than 16,000 long haul fuel cell trucks.

Delegates explored developments in the coupling of nuclear power reactors with hydrogen production plants to efficiently produce both electricity and hydrogen as a cogeneration system, as well as how energy sector cooperation, supply chain and policy support are facilitating the progress of these projects.

Date: Thursday, 23 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/why-it-can-be-game-changer-in-fight-against-climate-change-9-3-2021