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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

Framatome and Inria, the French national institute for research in digital science and technology, have entered a strategic partnership to accelerate studies for long-term advancements and enhanced safety of operations for the nuclear industry.

Date: Saturday, 18 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Inria,-Framatome-team-up-on-digital-nuclear-safety

The US Department of Energy's (DOE) Frontier supercomputer system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been ranked as the fastest computer in the world, as well as becoming the first to break the exascale performance barrier.

Date: Wednesday, 15 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-supercomputer-breaks-exascale-barrier

The US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on 1 March signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to co-operate in advancing decarbonisation technologies.

Date: Tuesday, 08 March 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsornl-and-tva-partner-to-drive-carbon-free-technologies-9531117

A new technology developed by a Cavendish Nuclear-led consortium enables real time detection of defects in fusion welding processes as they occur. They claim the technology could save time and cost in high-integrity fabrications for nuclear new-build projects and other quality-critical applications.

Date: Saturday, 19 February 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-team-develops-technology-for-real-time-weld-ins

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) said NuScale Power had recently installed a new simulation laboratory at the Centre for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Date: Friday, 01 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuscale-smr-simulation-lab-opens-in-idaho-9120824

NuScale Power on 31 August announced the opening of the second-of-three planned NuScale Energy Exploration (E2) Centres in collaboration with the University of Idaho at the Centre for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), located in Idaho Falls. The E2 Centre at CAES, to be known as the SMR Simulator Laboratory, will assist the research of CAES entities: Idaho National Laboratory, Boise State University, Idaho State University, and University of Idaho, and allow users to assume the role of control room operator to learn about the innovative features and functionality unique to NuScale’s SMR technology.

Date: Friday, 03 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuscale-power-completes-second-energy-exploration-e2-centre-9051957

US Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) said on 24 August that it was expanding modelling software to support nuclear safety and regulatory activities related to advanced reactor designs. Nuclear power is a significant source of steady carbon-neutral electricity, making the design and construction of new and next-generation nuclear reactors critical for achieving US green energy goals, SNL noted.

Date: Friday, 27 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-sandia-labs-develop-modelling-software-to-support-advanced-reactor-safety-9032634