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The US Department of Energy and US Nuclear Regulatory Commission signed a memorandum of understanding to share technical expertise and computing resources to speed up the deployment of advanced nuclear technologies.

The MoU centres on the DOE’s new National Reactor Innovation Cengre initiative which was established to accelerate commercialisation by helping private companies test and demonstrate advanced nuclear technologies.

The agreement couples the research capabilities of the DOE’s National Laboratories with the regulatory expertise of the NRC to help the development and licensing of advanced reactors.

Date: Friday, 18 October 2019
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US Centrus Energy Corp announced on 9 October that it had completed decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of the US Department of Energy's (DOE’s) K-1600 facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on time and on budget. Centrus said the $15 million project was completed in one year.

Date: Friday, 11 October 2019
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The US Department of Energy has announced it will provide $30m to US universities, private industry and national laboratories for a range of research projects in fusion energy.

In a statement the DOE said the funding will go to 10 US multi-institutional research teams to support fusion energy research at international facilities.

The main focus of the fusion energy research is sustaining high-temperature plasmas for long durations within superconducting tokamak facilities – donut-shaped devices that confine the plasma by means of powerful magnetic fields.

Date: Saturday, 31 August 2019
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