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Jeff Avery Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Environmental Management (EM) has visited France to learn more about the facilities offered by Orano and the Atomic and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA - Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives. He also met with the French National Radioactive Waste Management Agency (ANDRA - l’Agence Nationale pour la gestion des Déchets RadioActifs).

Date: Friday, 23 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdoe-explores-foreign-vitrification-technology-11540429

US-based TRIGA International has begun fabricating fuel for the US Department of Energy’s MARVEL microreactor project at Idaho National Laboratory (INL), according to DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy. DOE awarded the $8.4m contract to TRIGA International, a joint venture between Framatome and General Atomics, in November 2023. The first shipment of fuel is expected to be delivered in spring 2025.

Date: Friday, 09 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfuel-fabrication-begins-for-marvel-microreactor-11501360

The Framatome-General Atomics joint venture has begun fabricating the fuel for the US Department of Energy's (DOE) MARVEL microreactor, with delivery of the first shipment of fuel expected in spring 2025.

Date: Friday, 09 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/TRIGA-International-begins-fabricating-MARVEL-fuel

US-based Oklo has signed an Option & Right of First Refusal to Purchase Real Estate (land rights agreement) with the non-profit Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI) for land including options for the siting of two powerhouses. This is an extension of Oklo and SODI’s May 2023 agreement for land to host two more of Oklo’s Aurora design fast neutron microreactors. Oklo received a site permit in December 2019 from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to build its first Aurora facility at Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

Date: Thursday, 08 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsoklo-firms-up-mmr-siting-agreement-and-receives-approval-for-fuel-fabrication-facility-11494087

US-based NANO Nuclear Energy has announced that Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has completed a pre-conceptual design review of its ODIN low-pressure coolant microreactor design. The review was requested by NANO Nuclear to provide an external audit of the technical work completed to date on the microreactor. Nano said the review served to ensure that it had “thoroughly considered the necessary aspects of its design and the applicable regulations for advancing the technology towards a commercial product”.

Date: Wednesday, 07 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnanos-odin-reactor-completes-pre-conceptual-design-review-11493738

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has completed a pre-conceptual design review of NANO Nuclear Energy Inc's ODIN low-pressure coolant microreactor design. The company's ZEUS microreactor design is also to be reviewed by the lab.

Date: Wednesday, 07 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/ODIN

A land rights agreement signed with the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI) gives Oklo Inc the option and right of first refusal to purchase land in Southern Ohio where Oklo envisages deploying two of its Aurora 'powerhouses'. Meanwhile, the safety design strategy for a planned fuel facility in Idaho to support the deployment of its reactors has been approved by the US Department of Energy (DOE).

Date: Tuesday, 06 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Oklo-reports-progress-in-Idaho,-Ohio

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

Westinghouse Electric Company has shipped 25 irradiated experimental nuclear fuel rods, including accident-tolerant fuel, to Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for testing and examination. The tests are part of the process to qualify the fuel for use in commercial reactors.

Date: Saturday, 27 January 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Advanced-nuclear-fuel-arrives-at-INL-for-testi