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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $20 million in funding to demonstrate technology that will produce clean hydrogen energy from nuclear power.

Date: Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-announces-funds-for-nuclear-hydrogen-9145635

A project to demonstrate the production of clean hydrogen energy from nuclear power at the Palo Verde nuclear power plant in Arizona is to receive USD20 million in federal funding as part of US Department of Energy (DOE) efforts to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen to USD1 per kilogram. The announcement comes as DOE marks Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.

Date: Saturday, 09 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-DOE-funds-hydrogen-production-from-nuclear-powe

US-based Clean Core Thorium Energy said the first fuel pellets of its proprietary thorium-based nuclear fuel called Advanced Nuclear Energy for Enriched Life (ANEEL) have been manufactured by Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s Nuclear Engineering and Science Center in partnership with the US Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL). 

Date: Thursday, 07 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfirst-aneel-thorium-based-advanced-nuclear-fuel-pellets-manufactured-9134786

US company Kairos Power has submitted the preliminary safety analysis report (PSAR) for its fluoride salt-cooled, high-temperature reactor (KP-FHR) to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as part of its application for a construction permit for the Hermes low-power demonstration reactor, which is to be built in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Date: Wednesday, 06 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kairos-submits-PSAR-for-Oak-Ridge-demonstration-re

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) said NuScale Power had recently installed a new simulation laboratory at the Centre for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Date: Friday, 01 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuscale-smr-simulation-lab-opens-in-idaho-9120824

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

The US Department of Defense (DOD), acting through the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) and with the Department of Energy (DOE) as a cooperating agency, has released a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the construction and demonstration phase of a prototype mobile microreactor. A public comment period on the draft EIS will begin on 24 September.

Date: Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-DOD-invites-public-comment-on-Project-Pele-draf

Both demonstration and test reactors are necessary to support the development and commercial deployment of the new reactor technologies that will expand access to reliable, clean energy, writes Kathryn Huff, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at the US Department of Energy. This article was first published by the Office of Nuclear Energy on 30 July.

Date: Saturday, 04 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Demonstration-AND-Test-Reactors-Both-Are

NuScale Power on 31 August announced the opening of the second-of-three planned NuScale Energy Exploration (E2) Centres in collaboration with the University of Idaho at the Centre for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), located in Idaho Falls. The E2 Centre at CAES, to be known as the SMR Simulator Laboratory, will assist the research of CAES entities: Idaho National Laboratory, Boise State University, Idaho State University, and University of Idaho, and allow users to assume the role of control room operator to learn about the innovative features and functionality unique to NuScale’s SMR technology.

Date: Friday, 03 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuscale-power-completes-second-energy-exploration-e2-centre-9051957

A new facility opened by NuScale Power in collaboration with the University of Idaho at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), in Idaho Falls, Idaho, will enable users to take on the role of control room operator to learn about the innovative features and functionality unique to NuScale’s small modular reactor (SMR) technology. Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) this week said work in preparation for a licence application is progressing at the site where it plans to build a NuScale SMR plant.

Date: Thursday, 02 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Idaho-simulator-facility-supports-SMR-initiative