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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
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The Energy Impact Center (EIC) has announced the first major update to OPEN100 - the world's first open-source design and implementation platform for a small, standard nuclear power plant. Launched in February 2020, the project aims to offer developers everything from a web interface to visualise plant and component design, costs studies and construction plans.

Date: Saturday, 03 October 2020
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France's Framatome and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany have started commercial development of nuclear research reactor fuels based on uranium-molybdenum fuel (U-Mo) alloys. The fuel can be used instead of highly enriched uranium (HEU), which is seen as a potential nuclear proliferation risk.

Date: Wednesday, 06 May 2020
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US a nuclear fuel technology development company Lightbridge Corporation announced on 30 May that France’s Framatome had received a voucher from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) programme to support the development of Lightbridge Fuel in collaboration with the Idaho National Laboratory.

Date: Tuesday, 04 June 2019
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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) announced on 20 December that it is collaborating with industry on six new projects focused on advancing commercial nuclear energy technologies that offer potential improvements to current reactors and move new reactor designs closer to deployment.

Date: Wednesday, 02 January 2019
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The US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has announced six new collaborations with industry on projects to advance commercial nuclear energy technologies. Meanwhile, the DOE has announced separate funding solicitations for USD14 million for research into fusion energy and USD18 million for transformative energy technologies.

Date: Friday, 21 December 2018
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France’s Framatome has signed a contract with US utility Entergy to deliver and insert lead use fuel rods that utilise chromium-coated rods into unit 1 at Arkansas Nuclear One nuclear plant in the autumn of 2019.

Date: Tuesday, 25 September 2018
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New accident tolerant fuel (ATF) developed by France’s Framatome is being tested at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the US Office of Nuclear Energy (ONE) announced on 15 June. The fuel was recently installed for testing at INL’s Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). This is the second experiment currently in progress in the ATR that is being developed through the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) accident tolerant fuel programme. Earlier this year, General Electric (GE) installed ATF fuel cladding at the commercial Edwin I. Hatch NPP in Georgia. ATF has advanced cladding and fuel pellet designs that increase its safety and performance. The program was developed in 2012 after the Fukushima accident to bring new advanced fuel concepts to market by 2025.

Date: Friday, 22 June 2018
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Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK•CEN and the US Department of Energy Idaho and Oak Ridge National Laboratories have  received designations as International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Centres based on Research Reactor (ICERR). They will make their research reactors, labs and education and training facilities available to scientists from other countries for training and research and development, representatives of the labs announced at the IAEA General Conference on 18 September.

Date: Tuesday, 26 September 2017
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Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) announced on 26 April completion of verification tests in the USA on a new plate-type uranium-molybdenum (U-Mo) fuel for research reactors intended to replace highly-enriched uranium (HEU) fuel in civil research reactors.

Date: Wednesday, 03 May 2017
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