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California-based startup Atomic Canyon has announced a new project with the US Department of Energy's (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), to build a safe, efficient open-source AI (artificial intelligence) model for the nuclear sector. Atomic Canyon will use ORNL’s Frontier supercomputer – the world's fastest supercomputer – to train the company's AI model to understand complex nuclear terminology. Frontier was the first to achieve "exascale" computing performance (a quintillion calculations per second).

Date: Saturday, 18 May 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsatomic-canyon-and-ornl-to-develop-ai-model-for-nuclear-sector-11783031

Rusatom Automated Control Systems (RASU - part of Rosatom) is starting the active phase of the design of an automated process control system (ASU TP avtomatizirovannoi sistemi upravleniya tekhnologicheskim protsessom) for a low-power nuclear power plant (ASMM – atomnoi stantsii maloi moshnosti) with a RITM-200N pressurised water reactor. It is planned to be built in the village of Ust-Kuyga in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

Date: Thursday, 05 October 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatom-is-developing-automated-control-system-for-small-npp-11192788

The International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) new Nuclear Security Training and Demonstration Centre allows participantsĀ to learn about the physical protection of nuclear and other radioactive material, as well as detection and response to criminal acts involving nuclear material and facilities.

Date: Thursday, 05 October 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-unveils-nuclear-security-training-centre

A research project has highlighted the potential for quantum computing to deliver significant benefits for the design and operation of radiation facilities in the nuclear, medical and space industries, as Professor Paul Smith, Jacobs ANSWERS Technical Director, explains.

Date: Wednesday, 30 August 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Quantum-computing-and-the-nuclear-indust

Collaboration between the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), Dell Technologies, Intel and the University of Cambridge is underway to advance the development of the UK’s prototype fusion power plant. Scientists and engineers plan to access supercomputers and AI (artificial intelligence) to inform and accelerate engineering designs of the UKAEA’s STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) facility. UKAEA says the engineering designs of STEP, sited in Nottinghamshire, “will be developed in a highly immersive and connected virtual environment, known as the ‘Industrial Metaverse’”.

Date: Thursday, 06 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssupercomputing-and-ai-to-deliver-digital-twin-of-the-uks-step-fusion-powerplant-10984080

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Task Force assessing the safety of Japan’s planned discharge of treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station has issued its fifth report. This is part of a series to be released under the IAEA’s multi-year safety review of the proposed Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) treated water discharge. It focuses on Japan’s domestic regulatory review of the water release and includes observations of the Task Force mission to assess Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) activities, which took place in January.

Date: Wednesday, 10 May 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-issues-fifth-report-on-fukushima-water-discharge-10831722

The UK's Sellafield nuclear facility has unveiled its AI (artificial intelligence) strategy intended to improve efficiency and safety, with the goal that by 2032 "AI will be driving safer, faster and better performance across our facilities and business functions, with established advisory systems and non-safety-critical automation".

Date: Friday, 31 March 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Sellafield-unveils-AI-strategy-to-accelerate-clean

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has developed a new technology that could play a key role in safeguarding used nuclear fuels. The prototype Robotized Cherenkov Viewing Device (RCVD) is a small robot. In tests it navigated a used fuel pond and provided inspectors with real time data that could be used for safeguards verification. “The test demonstrates that autonomous robots could soon assist with field measurement and analysis of spent nuclear fuel, providing greater protection for human workers,” said Technical Programme Manager, Rosie Attwell.

Date: Saturday, 28 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsaustralian-technology-helping-safeguard-used-nuclear-fuel-10548131

A floating autonomous robot could soon play a key role in safeguarding used nuclear fuel around the world. The Robotised Cherenkov Viewing Device (RCVD) has been created through a collaboration between Australian national science agency CSIRO's data and digital specialist arm Data61, Hungarian robotics company Datastart and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Robot-developed-to-assist-verification-of-used-fue

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has launched a new initiative aimed at accelerating the safe and secure deployment of advanced nuclear reactors, with a particular focus on small modular reactors (SMRs). At a kick-off meeting last month, participants discussed roadmaps for enhancing harmonisation of regulatory activities and the standardisation of industrial approaches.

Date: Thursday, 07 July 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-initiative-to-accelerate-deployment-of-SMRs