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Policymakers who ignore nuclear energy are not serious about meeting climate goals, delegates said at an Atlantic Council webinar last week. The first in the Raising Ambitions series, the event highlighted the attributes of this clean source of electricity and heat ahead of the Leaders’ Climate Summit, which the US Administration is hosting on 22-23 April.

Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-power-can-help-raise-climate-ambitions

US-based NuScale Power announced on 5 April that it had finalised an investment and strategic partnership agreement with JGC Holdings Corporation (JGC HD), a holding company of the world's leading EPC contractor group companies headquartered in Japan. As part of a commercial relationship with Fluor Corporation – NuScale’s majority investor and EPC partner in the USA – JGC HD will provide a $40 million cash investment in NuScale Power and partner with Fluor on the deployment of NuScale Power Plants.

Date: Wednesday, 07 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuscale-forms-strategic-partnership-with-japans-jgc-holdings-corporation-8650027

Japanese engineering, procurement, and construction firm JGC Holdings Corporation (JGC HD) has agreed to invest USD40 million in small modular reactor developer NuScale Power. It will also partner with Fluor Corporation - NuScale's majority investor - on the deployment of NuScale power plants.

Date: Wednesday, 07 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Japans-JGC-invests-in-NuScale-Power

Nuclear energy can be used to produce low-carbon hydrogen via several efficient processes, King Lee of the World Nuclear Association told a workshop yesterday organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Speaking as chairman of the UNECE Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems, Lee said nuclear energy will play an important role as part of a low-carbon energy mix for the transition to net zero.

Date: Friday, 26 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UNECE-workshop-hears-nuclear-has-key-role-in-hydro

A Task Force on Public Investment in Nuclear Research and Development, commissioned by the American Nuclear Society (ANS), on 17 February issued an assessment of US nuclear energy research and development funding needs for the 2020s. The 46-page study, “The US Nuclear R&D Imperative,” outlines the level of federal investments for meeting nuclear energy R&D needs and enabling a commercial scale-up of US-designed advanced reactors in the 2030s. The report also looked at maximising nuclear energy for decarbonisation, economic growth through high-paying nuclear jobs, and preservation of US influence in global nuclear safety and standards.

Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsans-study-calls-for-us-to-double-spending-on-nuclear-rd-8542440

NASA's Perseverance rover successfully touched down on Mars yesterday, 203 days after being launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The rover, which is powered by a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) developed and fuelled in partnership with the US Department of Energy (DOE), will explore the Jezero Crater and collect samples that will eventually be returned to Earth.

Date: Saturday, 20 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Perseverance-begins-exploring-on-Mars

Partially used irradiated fuel from the Finnish Reactor 1 (FiR1) in Espoo, Finland, has been transported to the USA for use in a similar TRIGA Mark II research reactor operated by the US Geological Survey in Denver, Colorado. Dismantling of the Finnish reactor, which was shut down in 2015, is scheduled to begin at the end of 2022.

Date: Friday, 12 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Finnish-research-reactor-fuel-sent-to-USA-for-furt

Using nuclear plants to generate heat as well as electricity for non-grid industrial applications could be central to deep decarbonisation efforts beyond being a source of zero-carbon electricity. Speakers at the fifth Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum last week looked at how hydrogen - and nuclear - can contribute to carbon abatement efforts in areas that have so far been hard to decarbonise.

Date: Wednesday, 27 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Non-grid-nuclear-applications-hold-key-to-decarbon

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
Original article: nucnet.org/news/epri-names-rita-baranwal-as-new-vp-of-nuclear-chief-nuclear-officer-1-1-2021

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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NuScale-and-UAMPS-agreements-progress-plans-for-SM