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Lead test assemblies of accident-tolerant fuel (ATF) installed in unit 1 of Southern Nuclear's Edwin I Hatch nuclear power plant in early 2018 have completed a 24-month fuel cycle. A sample of the lead test rods will now undergo testing.

Date: Thursday, 27 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/ATF-assemblies-complete-first-fuel-cycle-at-Hatch

Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) accident-tolerant fuel assemblies have been loaded into a US reactor for the first time. Lead test assemblies using the company's ARMOR-coated zirconium cladding and IronClad accident-tolerant fuel solutions have been installed at Exelon's Clinton boiling water reactor power plant in Illinois.

Date: Thursday, 16 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GNF-accident-tolerant-fuel-loaded-into-US-reactor

US nuclear reactor startup Transatomic Power announced on 25 September that it is shutting down operations, after deciding that it can see no viable path to bringing its molten salt reactor designs to scale. However, it still wants its technology to play a role in the future of advanced nuclear reactors. Transatomic’s CEO and co-founder Leslie Dewan, noted: “We haven’t been able to scale up the company rapidly enough to build our reactor in a reasonable timeframe. It is therefore with a heavy heart that I must announce that Transatomic is suspending operations.” He added that the company will be “open-sourcing our intellectual property, making it available for any researchers — private, public or nonprofit — who want to continue the work we’ve started.”

Date: Tuesday, 02 October 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstransatomic-announces-it-closure-6779325

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 13 projects to receive USD60 million of cost-shared R&D funding for advanced nuclear technologies, including the first awards under the US Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development initiative. Recipients include NuScale Power's small modular reactor, which has become the first SMR to complete the first phase of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) design certification process.

Date: Tuesday, 01 May 2018
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-federal-support-for-advanced-nuclear-technology

The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with X-energy to assess the US company's small modular reactor (SMR). They will look at the potential deployment of X-energy's Xe-100 high temperature gas-cooled pebble bed modular reactor in Jordan.

Date: Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Jordan-to-consider-deployment-of-X-energy-SMR

US company X-energy on 16 March announced the start of work on the conceptual design of its Xe-100 high temperature gas-cooled pebble bed modular reactor. This followed an evaluation by an external panel of industry experts from Southern Nuclear, Burns & McDonnell and Technology Insights. The review validated the baseline design parameters, preparatory documentation, analysis tools, scope of the proposed conceptual design phase (including all planned deliverables), management processes and overall team readiness to proceed to the next phase of reactor development. X-energy plans to deploy the Xe-100 within 10 years. CEO Kam Ghaffarian said moving the reactor into conceptual design put the company "well on the way" towards its goal.

Date: Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdesign-work-underway-on-x-energys-htgr-5767951

The UK Department of Energy & Climate Change has a problem with the world’s largest stocks of reactor-grade plutonium. The international association Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy view this as a one-time opportunity to benefit several advanced nuclear energy developments, none of which are acknowledged by DECC. By Brendan McNamara

Weak, short distance radiation makes it warm; so it is safe to hold but not to swallow. UK reactor grade plutonium is unsuitable for making weapons. And small-scale uses of UK plutonium could never go critical

Date: Friday, 27 May 2011
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssmarter-uses-for-plutonium