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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for construction of the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR), a sodium-cooled reactor that will provide a source of fast neutrons needed to test advanced reactor technology, fuels and related materials. The draft EIS will be open for a 45-day public comment period.

Date: Wednesday, 23 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-DOE-issues-draft-EIS-for-new-test-reactor

A computer-generated image of a NuScale SMR nuclear power plant. Courtesy NuScale. Updated analysis has found that the recently announced 25% increase in power output of a NuScale small modular reactor means one 77-MW module is capable of producing 2,053 kg/hour of hydrogen, or nearly 50 tonnes a day.

This is an increase from 1,667 kg/hour of hydrogen, or 40 tonnes per day for a a module before the recent increase in power output.

As a result of the lower levelised cost of electricity from the increased power output, hydrogen produced by a NuScale high-temperature steam electrolysis (HTSE) system is forecast to be cost competitive with high capacity factor renewable hydrogen cost estimates while also providing continuous, controlled hydrogen production.

NuScale said the 25% power increase would see the overnight capital cost of its SMR technology fall on a per kilowatt basis from an expected $3,600 to approximately $2,850. The 25% increase in power means a 12-module plant will now approach a size, 924 MW, that makes it a competitor for the gigawatt-size market.

Date: Friday, 11 December 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuscale-says-single-smr-module-can-produce-50-tonnes-a-day-12-4-2020

US-based NuScale Power said on 10 November that it had re-assessed its existing reference plant design and would announce variations that offer increased per module power generating capacity and smaller scale plant options.

Date: Thursday, 12 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuscale-power-announces-25-increase-in-capacity-of-its-smr-modules-8356708

Options for smaller units also confirmed A computer-generated image of a NuScale SMR power plant. Courtesy NuScale. Advanced testing and modelling have shown that a Generation IV small modular reactor being developed by US-based NuScale Power can generate an additional 25% more power per module for a total of 77 MW per module (gross), resulting in about 924 MW for the flagship 12-module power plant.

NuScale said the development would significantly lower the overnight capital cost of the light-water SMR technology on a per kilowatt basis from an expected $3,600 to approximately $2,850.

It said the 25% increase in power means a 12-module plant will now approach a size that makes it a competitor for the gigawatt-size market.

The company also announced options for smaller power plant solutions in four-module (about 308 MW) and six-module (about 462 MW) sizes.The smaller sizes will give NuScale customers more options in terms of size, power output, operational flexibility, and cost. They will also have a smaller footprint.

Date: Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/company-announces-smr-can-deliver-an-additional-25-power-11-2-2020

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

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

Move could lead to first approval for advanced non-light-water unit A computer-generated image of the Aurora nuclear power plant. Courtesy Oklo. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted for review a combined licence application from California-based Oklo Power to build and operate the company’s compact fast reactor, known as Aurora, at the Idaho National Laboratory site in Idaho.

The NRC said Oklo’s application, submitted on 11 March, is for approval of what would be the first NRC licence for an advanced non-light-water reactor design.

The NRC and Oklo have engaged in “pre-application” discussions since 2016, a statement said.

In December 2019 the US Department of Energy granted a site use permit to Oklo to build a demonstration Aurora plant on the Idaho National Laboratory site.

Date: Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-regulator-accepts-application-for-aurora-plant-at-idaho-site-6-2-2020

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has completed the fourth phase of its review of the design certification application for NuScale's small modular reactor (SMR). With two final phases remaining, this marks the near-completion of the technical aspects of the review.

Date: Saturday, 14 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/SMR-design-review-enters-final-phases

The US Department of Energy has granted a site use permit to California-based compact fast reactor developer Oklo to build a demonstration Aurora energy plant – comprising a small reactor with integrated solar panels – on the Idaho National Laboratory site.

Oklo said the permit is an important step towards commercialising advanced fission technologies and is the first issued for a non-light water reactor.

The permit is a critical milestone on the path towards deployment of Oklo’s 1.5-MW Aurora plant, which company co-founders Jacob DeWitte and Caroline Cochran unveiled last month.

“The system itself is designed to build on the really tremendous legacy of metallic fuels that were developed in this country for decades,” Mr DeWitte said at the event.

Date: Friday, 13 December 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/doe-issues-site-permit-for-oklo-s-1-5-mw-aurora-plant-12-4-2019