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The Canadian Government said that, “as a global leader in nuclear energy and nuclear safety, Canada is poised to be a leader in the safe and responsible development of small modular reactor (SMR) technology”. It added: “SMRs are expected to play a key role in Canada’s efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and in providing economic benefits as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Date: Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanada-supports-smr-development-with-funds-for-terrestrial-energy-8187427

The US Department of Energy has approved a cost-share award of more than USD1 billion for the construction of the first NuScale small modular reactor power plant in the USA. Meanwhile, the US International Development Finance Corporation has signed a Letter of Intent to support NuScale in the development of nuclear generating capacity in South Africa.

Date: Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-government-backs-NuScale-projects-at-home-and-a

$15m investment will help with pre-licensing of SMR Terrestrial Energy is proposing to build a 195-MW IMSR at Chalk River in Canada. Courtesy Terrestrial Energy. The Canadian government took a step forward on its national small modular reactor plan on Thursday, with an investment to help an Ontario company move closer to commercialising its Generation IV reactor technology.

The CAD20m ($15.1m) investment will help Terrestrial Energy complete a pre-licensing milestone for its technology, part of an effort to bring net-generation nuclear energy to industry, Canada’s innovation ministry said.

This is the first investment from the government’s strategic innovation fund for an SMR. Terrestrial Energy’s Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) power plant is said to be 50% more efficient than traditional reactors and suited for deployment in remote communities and industrial operations, including on-grid and off-grid power provision.

Ontario-based Terrestrial Energy, established in 2013, is proposing to build a 195-MW IMSR at Chalk River in Canada. It wants to commission the first IMSR power plants in the late 2020s.

The company said IMSR plants can be built in four years and produce electricity or industrial heat at prices competitive with fossil fuels while emitting no greenhouse gases. They can provide energy for generating on-grid electric power and heat for industrial processes, such as hydrogen production, synthetic fuel production, natural resource extraction, and desalination.

Date: Saturday, 17 October 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/canada-government-moves-forward-with-reactor-commercialisation-plan-10-5-2020

Bruce Power and Westinghouse Electric Company have agreed to pursue applications of Westinghouse's eVinci micro reactor programme within Canada. The companies said the agreement supports efforts by the federal and provincial governments to study applications for nuclear technology to reach their goal of a Net Zero Canada by 2050.

Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Bruce-Power-to-help-explore-use-of-eVinci-in-Canad

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a standard design approval (SDA) to NuScale Power, LLC for the NuScale small modular reactor. This allows the design to be referenced in applications for construction, operating and manufacturing licences and permits in the USA.

Date: Thursday, 01 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-regulator-issues-first-ever-SMR-design-approval

Small modular reactors (SMRs) will be an excellent fit in a carbon-free energy future which will require all energy sources to work together, but they must be cost-competitive with other forms of electricity generation, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy President and CEO Jay Wileman told participants in World Nuclear Association's Strategic eForum last week.

Date: Thursday, 17 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Cost-competitive-SMRs-will-find-place-in-electrici

Terrestrial Energy and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) are to collaborate on a programme of work evaluating safeguards related to the operation of Terrestrial's Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR). The work will involve developing and testing techniques to track the behaviour of the proposed liquid fuel that would be used in Terrestrial's IMSR design.

Date: Thursday, 17 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/CNL-to-help-develop-IMSR-fuel-monitoring-technolog

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a final safety evaluation report (FSER) for NuScale's small modular reactor. This is the first-ever FSER to be issued by the NRC for an SMR, and represents the completion of the technical review and approval of the design.

Date: Wednesday, 02 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NuScale-SMR-receives-US-design-certification-appro

US-based NuScale Power announced on 28 August that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) had completed Phase 6 review—the last and final phase—of the Design Certification Application (DCA) for its small modular reactor (SMR) with the issuance of the Final Safety Evaluation Report (FSER).

Date: Tuesday, 01 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-nrc-issues-final-safety-evaluation-for-nuscale-smr-8110037

Company says US is leading race to bring new reactors to market A computer-generated image of a NuScale Small modular reactor facility. Courtesy NuScale. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has completed its Phase 6 review – the last and final phase – of the design certification application (DCA) for NuScale Power’s small modular reactor (SMR), the first time an SMR has received regulatory design approval.

US-based NuScale said the NRC had issued a final safety evaluation report (FSER), which represents completion of the technical review and approval of the NuScale Generation IV SMR design.

“With this final phase of NuScale’s DCA now complete, customers can proceed with plans to develop NuScale power plants with the understanding that the NRC has approved the safety aspects of the NuScale design,” the company said in a statement.

“This is a significant milestone not only for NuScale, but also for the entire US nuclear sector and the other advanced nuclear technologies that will follow,” NuScale said. “This clearly establishes the leadership of NuScale and the US in the race to bring SMRs to market.”

Date: Tuesday, 01 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/smr-makes-history-as-first-to-receive-us-regulatory-design-approval-8-1-2020