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Orano Federal Services and TerraPower will gain access to the US Department of Energy's (DOE) national laboratories to help advance their nuclear technologies under the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative.

Date: Friday, 24 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Advanced-nuclear-tech-projects-selected-for-US-fed

The US space agency NASA has selected three design concepts for a 40KW nuclear power system designed to last at least 10 years in the lunar environment to help "lay the groundwork for powering our long-term human presence on other worlds".

Date: Thursday, 23 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-power-on-the-Moon-NASA-selects-three-propo

NuScale Power has announced it is making a strategic shift from product development to product delivery as commercialisation of its VOYGR small modular reactor (SMR) power plants approaches.

Date: Tuesday, 21 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/SMR-company-pivots-from-development-to-delivery

US-based Clean Core Thorium Energy has announced its new strategic partnership agreement with the US Department of Energy (DOE) for the testing of Clean Core’s innovative fuel for nuclear power plants. The announced agreement details next steps for irradiation testing and qualification in Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL’s) Advanced Test Reactor of Clean Core’s advanced nuclear fuel, marking a major milestone in the commercialisation of thorium-based energy.

Date: Friday, 17 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-to-test-thorium-fuel-9777589

Company hails ‘major milestone’ towards commercialisation Clean Core’s Aneel nuclear fuel pellets. Testing will be ‘a major milestone’ towards commercialisation. Courtesy Clean Core. US-based Clean Core Thorium Energy has signed a partnership agreement with the US Department of Energy to pave the way for testing innovative fuel for nuclear power plants.

Clean Core said the agreement includes a schedule for irradiation and qualification testing for advanced thorium fuel at Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

The company said the move is “a major milestone” for the commercialisation of thorium-based energy.

Clean Core’s Aneel (“advanced nuclear energy for enriched life”) fuel technology uses a combination of thorium and high assay low-enriched uranium (Haleu) for a improved fuel performance in Candu reactors and in other pressurised heavy-water reactor (PHWR) designs.

Date: Friday, 17 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/clean-core-agrees-advanced-thorium-fuel-testing-schedule-with-doe-6-4-2022

Nuclear fuel innovation company Clean Core Thorium Energy has signed a new strategic partnership agreement with the US Department of Energy (DOE) which details next steps for irradiation testing and qualification of its Advanced Nuclear Energy for Enriched Life (ANEEL) fuel in Idaho National Laboratory's (INL's) Advanced Test Reactor.

Date: Thursday, 16 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Clean-Core-prepares-for-testing-of-innovative-fuel

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the construction of the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR). The proposed VTR will be a sodium-cooled fast-neutron-spectrum test reactor that will enhance and accelerate research, development, and demonstration of innovative nuclear technologies that will play a crucial role in helping the United States reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Date: Wednesday, 18 May 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-releases-environmental-impact-statement-for-versatile-test-reactor-9705681

Facility will be ‘critical tool for developing transformational technologies’ The US is expected to make a final decision on the VTR project by late June. Courtesy DOE. The US Department of Energy has published a final environmental impact statement for the Versatile Test Reactor, a 300-MW sodium-cooled, fast-neutron reactor that would help develop advanced nuclear technologies.

The DOE has chosen the Idaho National Laboratory as the preferred site for building the VTR and is expected to make a final decision on the project by late June. An alternative site in the final environmental impact statement was Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

The VTR will be used to provide a source of fast neutrons for testing and evaluating nuclear fuels, materials, sensors, and instrumentation to support the development of advanced reactor technologies. Such facilities are available in only a few locations worldwide, and the US has not operated one in more than 20 years.

The VTR will be based on many of the design and passive safety features of GE Hitachi’s Prism small modular reactor. According to DOE researchers, the Prism design would require several changes, notably the elimination of electricity production and the accommodation for experimental locations within the core.

Date: Wednesday, 18 May 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-doe-chooses-inl-over-oak-ridge-as-preferred-site-5-2-2022

The US State of Wyoming on 4 May signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Batelle Energy Alliance, the operating contractor of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to collaborate in the research, development, demonstration and deployment of advanced energy technologies and approaches.

Date: Friday, 13 May 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswyoming-to-partner-with-idaho-national-laboratory-on-advanced-energy-9696016