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Given the EU's legally binding 2050 comprehensive decarbonisation policy with adequate CO2 pricing, the closure of many large nuclear power plants in Belgium and Germany, and an EU-wide coal power phase out by 2030-2050 and the inability of intermittent renewable energy to supply the scale and quality of energy needed for continent-scale decarbonisation, there is a strong business case to deploy small modular reactors (SMRs) in the EU by 2040, writes Kalev Kallemets, co-founder and CEO of Fermi Energia.

Date: Friday, 08 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Energy-crisis-demands-quickly-scalable-S

Terrestrial Energy has signed an agreement with Orano for the supply of nuclear fuel for its Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR). The agreement is part of Terrestrial's multiple-sourcing strategy and follows the announcement last month of a similar partnership with Westinghouse and the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory.

Date: Friday, 01 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Terrestrial-teams-up-with-Orano-for-IMSR-fuel-supp

Rosatom on 20 September began pilot operation of fuel elements of a new generation of Russian accident tolerant fuel (ATF) at unit 2 of the Rostov NPP.

Date: Tuesday, 28 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-begins-pilot-operation-of-accident-tolerant-fuel-9111156

Rosatom’s Fuel Company TVEL said that VVER-1000 fuel assemblies (FAs) containing experimental fuel elements with REMIX fuel, had been operated in the reactor at unit 3 of Russia’s Balakovo NPP for three fuel campaigns - about five calendar years.

Date: Friday, 24 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsremix-fuel-elements-complete-operational-tests-at-balakovo-9104322

Cameco has entered a non-binding and non-exclusive Memorandum of Understanding with X-energy to explore possible areas of cooperation to support the potential future deployment, fuelling and servicing of Xe-100 small modular reactors (SMRs) in Canada and the USA.

Date: Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscameco-and-x-energy-to-co-operate-in-support-of-xe-100-smrs-9096405

A Russian-made AFT bundle of the type loaded at Rostov-2. Courtesy Tvel. The first Russian-made fuel bundles containing experimental advanced technology fuel (ATF) rods have been loaded into VVER-1000 reactor core at Unit 2 of the Rostov nuclear power station in southwest Russia.

Each of the three combined TVS-2M fuel assemblies, designed for Russia’s VVER-1000 power reactors, contains 12 experimental fuel rods. Six of them have their cladding made of chromium-nickel alloy, and the other six have a standard zirconium alloy cladding with chromium coating.

The fuel was loaded into the 950-MW plant during a scheduled maintenance and refuelling and the plant has now returned to service.

Date: Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/first-fuel-bundles-containing-atf-loaded-at-rostov-2-nuclear-plant-9-1-2021

Advanced fuel assemblies have begun an operational trial at Russia's Rostov nuclear power plant. Fuel manufacturer TVEL said if successful they would provide a higher level of performance and safety. "Fuel irradiation in a commercial reactor is an important step for the further commercialisation of this product," said Natalia Nikipelova, president of TVEL, adding: "It is symbolic that this milestone is achieved when TVEL celebrates its 25th anniversary."

Date: Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Trial-of-advanced-fuel-begins-at-Rostov

The US Department of Defense (DOD), acting through the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) and with the Department of Energy (DOE) as a cooperating agency, has released a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the construction and demonstration phase of a prototype mobile microreactor. A public comment period on the draft EIS will begin on 24 September.

Date: Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-DOD-invites-public-comment-on-Project-Pele-draf

Canadian companies Cameco and X-energy have entered a non-binding and non-exclusive Memorandum of Understanding to explore possible areas of cooperation to support the potential future deployment, fuelling and servicing of Xe-100 small modular reactors (SMRs) in Canada and the USA.

Date: Saturday, 18 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Cameco-X-energy-join-up-to-support-SMR-deployment

Recycled REMIX nuclear fuel has passed a five-year operational test in Russia and is ready for pilot operation, Rosatom fuel subsidiary TVEL has said. REMIX is designed to reduce uranium consumption and close the fuel cycle using mainstream light-water reactors.

Date: Saturday, 18 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Successful-test-of-recycled-fuel