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Rita Baranwal. Rita Baranwal, the US Department of Energy’s former assistant secretary for its Office of Nuclear Energy, has been appointed vice-president of nuclear energy and chief nuclear officer of the Electric Power Research Institute.

Ms Baranwal, who unexpectedly resigned from the DOE on 8 January, two days after the Capitol riots, succeeds Neil Wilmshurst, who was promoted to senior vice-president of energy system resources in November.

At the DOE, Ms Baranwal managed nuclear research for existing and advanced reactors and new designs. She had consistently been a proponent of administration efforts to help develop Generation IV reactor technology. In October 2020 she said the DOE was committed to new nuclear technologies and federal support would help develop a portfolio of new reactors that will ultimately be competitive in both the US and global markets.

Date: Tuesday, 19 January 2021
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Agreements announced yesterday between NuScale Power and Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) to facilitate the development of a project to deploy small modular reactors (SMRs) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) could lead to the placement of a first order for NuScale Power Modules in 2022.

Date: Wednesday, 13 January 2021
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for construction of the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR), a sodium-cooled reactor that will provide a source of fast neutrons needed to test advanced reactor technology, fuels and related materials. The draft EIS will be open for a 45-day public comment period.

Date: Wednesday, 23 December 2020
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) has selected five teams to receive USD30 million in initial funding for risk reduction projects under its Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP). All five of the selected designs have the potential to compete globally once deployed, DOE said.

Date: Friday, 18 December 2020
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The simultaneous use of diverse energy generators including nuclear to provide power, heat, mobility and other energy services could lead to paradigm shifts in clean energy production, according to an academic paper recently published by researchers from the US Department of Energy's applied energy laboratories. Meanwhile, US-based NuScale Power has evaluated the boost in clean hydrogen production that will result from a 25% increase in power output from its small modular reactor.

Date: Saturday, 12 December 2020
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A computer-generated image of a NuScale SMR nuclear power plant. Courtesy NuScale. Updated analysis has found that the recently announced 25% increase in power output of a NuScale small modular reactor means one 77-MW module is capable of producing 2,053 kg/hour of hydrogen, or nearly 50 tonnes a day.

This is an increase from 1,667 kg/hour of hydrogen, or 40 tonnes per day for a a module before the recent increase in power output.

As a result of the lower levelised cost of electricity from the increased power output, hydrogen produced by a NuScale high-temperature steam electrolysis (HTSE) system is forecast to be cost competitive with high capacity factor renewable hydrogen cost estimates while also providing continuous, controlled hydrogen production.

NuScale said the 25% power increase would see the overnight capital cost of its SMR technology fall on a per kilowatt basis from an expected $3,600 to approximately $2,850. The 25% increase in power means a 12-module plant will now approach a size, 924 MW, that makes it a competitor for the gigawatt-size market.

Date: Friday, 11 December 2020
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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved the transfer of the licence for the Three Mile Island Generating Station (TMI) unit 2, from FirstEnergy Companies to TMI-2 Solutions.

Date: Tuesday, 08 December 2020
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The Three Mile Island nuclear power station in Pennsylvania. Courtesy Wiki Commons. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the transfer of the licence for Unit 2 of the Three Mile Island nuclear power station from FirstEnergy Companies to TMI-2 Solutions.

FirstEnergy Companies, comprising Metropolitan Edison Co, Jersey Central Power and Light Co, Pennsylvania Electric and GPU Nuclear, requested the transfer for TMI-2 Solutions to complete the decommissioning of the unit.

TMI-2 Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of EnergySolutions, a Utah-based radioactive waste disposal company.

Three Mile Island-2, about 16 km miles southeast of Harrisburg in Pennsylvania, operated for approximately six months before suffering a partial meltdown and reactor core damage during an accident on 28 March 1979.

Date: Friday, 04 December 2020
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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved the transfer of unit 2 of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant and the corresponding possession-only licence from FirstEnergy Corp subsidiaries GPU Nuclear, Metropolitan Edison Company, Jersey Central Power & Light Company, and Pennsylvania Electric Company to a subsidiary of EnergySolutions known as TMI-2 Solutions. In addition to the NRC approval, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has approved the sale of TMI-2 to TMI-2 Solutions.

Date: Friday, 04 December 2020
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The US government has said Idaho is its preferred choice rather than Tennessee for construction of its Versatile Test Reactor (VTR), The Associated Press (AP) reported on 19 November.

Date: Tuesday, 24 November 2020
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