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US company Kairos Power has submitted the preliminary safety analysis report (PSAR) for its fluoride salt-cooled, high-temperature reactor (KP-FHR) to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as part of its application for a construction permit for the Hermes low-power demonstration reactor, which is to be built in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Date: Wednesday, 06 October 2021
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Polish chemical producer Ciech will consider nuclear technologies to replace coal burnt for power and process heat in its plants. Ciech has signed a Letter of Intent to cooperate with Synthos Green Energy, which is already working with GE-Hitachi and Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation.

Date: Saturday, 11 September 2021
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The Danish nuclear reactor company Seaborg Technologies is currently completing important experiments in collaboration with both experts from Neutron and Muon Source (ISIS) at Oxford (UK) and European Spallation Source (ESS) research centre in Lund in Sweden. The goal is to understand how neutrons in modern reactors behave. The new knowledge should allow Seaborg to optimise their reactor design. The company is aiming for 2025 for having its first reactor online. Seaborg is developing compact thorium-based Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs). 

Date: Thursday, 02 September 2021
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Funding is in place for the first five years of a seven-year project to build a demonstration Natrium reactor in Wyoming - subject to the completion of the legislative process - and a location will be selected by the end of the year, representatives from TerraPower and PacifiCorp told the state legislature’s Joint Minerals Committee last week. Amendments to existing state laws could further improve the prospect of building the demonstration reactor.

Date: Friday, 20 August 2021
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Asia’s first demonstration facility for medical wastewater treatment using electron beam (EB) technology began operation in China this year. According the an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on 11 August. “This is the first pilot-scale – 400 cubic metres per day – demonstration of EB for medical wastewater treatment,” said Shijun He, Professor at the Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology (INET) at Tsinghua University. The facility in the Hubei Province sterilises medical wastewater and decomposes antibiotics without additional disinfectant or the production of secondary pollution. The milestone builds on a foundation of research by and technical cooperation with the IAEA that started a decade ago. “The IAEA has played a very important role on EB application in China,” said He. The facility opened in May.

Date: Wednesday, 18 August 2021
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Electron beam technology is being used to treat medical wastewater in China for the first time. It is safer and cleaner than traditional methods as well as more effective at removing organic molecules such as viruses and antibiotics, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said.

Date: Saturday, 14 August 2021
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TerraPower hopes to apply for a construction permit in August 2023 and an operating licence in March 2026 for its Natrium fast reactor, according to a regulatory engagement plan (REP) it has sent to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Date: Saturday, 19 June 2021
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Preserving the existing fleet of nuclear plants, driving the development of advanced reactors and investing in nuclear R&D are all essential to the USA's clean energy transition, Jennifer Granholm, secretary of the US Department of Energy (DOE), stressed this week. Speaking at the annual general meeting of the American Nuclear Society, Granholm told nuclear industry workers and students watching the webinar: "We need you".

Date: Friday, 18 June 2021
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It's hard to imagine a future where we can decarbonise our power grid affordably without using more nuclear power, Bill Gates told participants in the Nuclear Energy Assembly, held this week as a virtual event by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). The text of his keynote speech on 9 June is as follows.

Date: Friday, 11 June 2021
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