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Days after announcing the start of accelerated irradiation testing and qualification of its patented ANEEL thorium and high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) fuel at Idaho National Laboratory, Clean Core Thorium Energy announced it has completed the first phase of the Canadian nuclear regulator's pre-licensing review process.

Date: Thursday, 11 April 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Licensing-and-testing-progress-for-innovative-thor

Oil and gas producer Diamondback Energy Inc has signed a letter of intent on a long-term power purchase agreement to use Oklo's Aurora 'powerhouses' for its operations in the Permian Basin. Oklo has also signed a deal to provide up to 500 MWe of power to Equinix to serve its data centres in the USA.

Date: Wednesday, 10 April 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-companies-sign-up-with-Oklo-for-microreactor-po

US-based TerraPower has submitted its construction permit application to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for the Natrium reactor demonstration project. This is the first application to NRC for construction of a commercial advanced reactor.

Date: Wednesday, 03 April 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsterrapower-applies-for-natrium-reactor-demonstration-project-construction-permit-11651111

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued new guidance documents to facilitate the licensing of non-light water reactor designs. The guidance is expected to significantly reduce the regulatory uncertainty for new reactor concepts that differ from conventional reactor technologies. The US Department of Energy (DOE) said this was good news for advanced reactor vendors, including two DOE demonstration projects with TerraPower and X-energy. Both companies are applying this guidance to their construction permit applications to be submitted to the NRC within the year.

Date: Thursday, 28 March 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-nrc-endorses-guidance-for-advanced-reactor-licensing-11634873

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) vouchers to three companies to accelerate the innovation and application of their advanced nuclear technologies. GAIN?was established by DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy and provides the nuclear community with the technical, regulatory, and financial support necessary to move innovative nuclear technologies toward commercialisation while ensuring the continued, safe, and economic operation of the existing fleet. The vouchers provide companies access to the extensive nuclear research capabilities and expertise available across the DOE national laboratory complex.

Date: Saturday, 23 March 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsthree-companies-awarded-gain-vouchers-by-us-doe-to-advance-nuclear-technologies-11622817

The US Department of Energy (DOE) released its Fiscal Year 2025 budget request, which includes nearly $1.59bn for the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE). This includes $694.2m in research and development activities “that will help advance important reactor and fuel technologies, address gaps in the domestic nuclear fuel supply chain, and harness the latest artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to optimise the performance of the nation’s fleet of reactors”.

Date: Thursday, 21 March 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-fy25-budget-request-includes-159bn-for-nuclear-energy-11616516

US fuel technology company Lightbridge Corporation says it has achieved a critical milestone in developing its fuel after Idaho National Laboratory (INL) extruded coupon samples of Lightbridge Fuel material consisting of an alloy of depleted uranium and zirconium. The extrusion process involves pressing a metallic alloy billet through a die.

Date: Thursday, 21 March 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newslightbridge-fuel-fabrication-makes-progress-at-inl-11616949

Reporting its fourth quarter and full year results for 2023, US-based NuScale Power said progress continued toward “commercialisation of small modular reactor (SMR) technology to meet consumer demand for safe, reliable, 24/7 and carbon-free baseload energy”.

Date: Wednesday, 20 March 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuscales-2023-financial-results-11612567

US-based Oklo has completed the second phase of the Thermal Hydraulic Experimental Test Article (THETA) testing campaign in collaboration with the US Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). THETA is a sodium fixture with instrumentation installed at ANL’s Mechanisms Engineer Test Loop (METL) facility.

Date: Wednesday, 20 March 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsoklo-and-anl-complete-second-theta-testing-campaign-11612619

The extrusion of samples of an alloy of depleted uranium and zirconium at Idaho National Laboratory is a critical step in the process to qualify Lightbridge Corporation's advanced nuclear fuel technology.

Date: Tuesday, 19 March 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Extrusion-demo-is-milestone-for-Lightbridge-Fuel-f