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Low-carbon technologies are more competitive than the fossil fuel options for electricity generation, which is good news for governments wanting to move towards low-carbon systems. But electricity is not the end of the story, says Dr Henri Paillere, head of the Planning and Economics Studies Section of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-Nuclear-beyond-electricity

The challenges the nuclear industry faces are largely external and must be overcome if it is to help tackle the existential threat of climate change, panellists in the Nuclear Energy and its Future session of the Reuters Next conference on 11 January said. These challenges include: the notion nuclear is an out-dated technology; the cost of finance; market design; political changes; perceived competition with renewable energy; and the public's misconceptions about radioactive waste.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-real-challenges-to-nuclear-are-external,-says

The 2020 edition of the biennial International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) booklet, Advances in Small Modular Reactor Technology Developments provides the latest data and information on SMRs around the world, including detailed descriptions of 72 reactors under development or construction in 18 countries.

Date: Wednesday, 04 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnew-iaea-publication-looks-at-smr-development-8342387

Coalition discussion paper says small reactors ‘have potential’ NuScale told an inquiry last year that its SMR design would suit rural areas in Australia. Photo courtesy NuScale. The Australian federal government wants to look at the possibility of deploying small modular reactors as part of its policy to achieve its medium- and long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target as part of its obligation under the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

The nuclear proposal was contained in a discussion paper, released on 21 May, that is part of the ruling Liberal-National party coalition government's policy to detail how it will meet its target of reducing GHG emissions by 26-28% by 2030 from 2005 levels, as well as the broader Paris aim of the globe achieving net-zero emissions.

The discussion paper said emerging nuclear technologies – for example, small modular reactors – have potential but require R&D and identified deployment pathways. “Engineering, cost and environmental challenges, alongside social acceptability of nuclear power in Australia, will be key determinants of any future deployment,” the paper said.

The paper examined more than 140 technologies including hydrogen, renewables, biofuels and carbon capture and storage.

Date: Friday, 22 May 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/government-to-examine-smrs-as-part-of-energy-planning-5-4-2020

Russia’s floating NPP (FNPP), Akademik Lomonosov, now moored at Pevek in the Arctic northeast, has supplied 10GWh of electricity to the Chukotka network since it was connected to the local grid on 19 December, nuclear utility Rosenergoatom reported on 24 January.

Date: Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-floating-nuclear-plant-supplies-10gwh-of-electricity-to-chukotka-7741808

A startup looking at proposals to build a small modular reactor in Estonia by the middle of next decade has said it is set to begin the process of site selection for a first unit.

Fermi Energia’s founder and chief executive officer Kalev Kallemets said in a television interview that no decision had been made about a site, but that authorities in the municipality of Viru-Nigula, in the north of the country, were interested.

Mr Kallemets said: “If we do not deal with this discussion and research today, then in 10 years it could be too late and the opportunity will be gone”. He said Estonia needs to consider new generation SMR technology to maintain energy independence and achieve climate neutrality.

He said an “optimistic scenario” provides for the first plat to begin operation in the early 2030s.

Date: Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/fermi-energia-to-begin-site-selection-for-first-smr-1-1-2020

The floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov was today connected to the grid, generating electricity for the first time in the remote Chaun-Bilibino network in Pevek, in Russia’s Far East. The achievement followed Russian regulator Rostekhnadzor's provision of an operating licence, as well as permission to connect to the northern electricity grid maintained by Chukotenergo JSC. Connecting the plant to Pevek's heat networks will be completed next year.

Date: Friday, 20 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Russia-connects-floating-plant-to-grid

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) on 5 September signed an agreement on interaction and cooperation in the construction of small modular reactors (SMRs) based on the latest RITM-200 reactor facility, originally designed for ships.

Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-to-build-smrs-in-yakutia-7405902

Rick Perry: Bailing out nuclear plants is important to national security.

In the face of rising electricity demand, US energy secretary Rick Perry confirmed recently that work is underway on a plan to preserve some of the nation’s key nuclear power plants.

Date: Tuesday, 04 June 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuclear-is-vital-to-us-national-security-as-doe-works-on-rescue-proposals-6-2-2019

A joint feasibility study on the deployment of NuScale's small modular reactor in Jordan will be carried out through a memorandum of understanding signed between NuScale Power and the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC).

Date: Tuesday, 15 January 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NuScale-SMR-to-be-considered-for-use-in-Jordan