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Ministers investing £170m in project to build first unit by early 2030s Courtesy Wikipedia. The UK’s plan to have the latest nuclear technology up and running within the next decade has moved a step closer with publication of a call for evidence which sets out the government’s suggested approach to building the first advanced small modular reactor demonstrator.

The government said it will specifically explore high temperature gas reactors (HTGRs) as the most promising model for the demonstration programme, which ministers are investing £170m into delivering by the early 2030s.

The proposed HTGR plants are smaller than conventional nuclear power stations, more flexible, and could be built at a fraction of a cost, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said.

As well as creating electricity to power homes on the grid, the UK is hoping HTGRs will also be able to generate low-carbon hydrogen, or “green” hydrogen. In addition, thanks to also generating extremely high temperature heat, they could help decarbonise industry and potentially power district heating networks by the 2040s.

Date: Friday, 30 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/government-says-htgrs-are-most-promising-model-for-demonstration-reactor-programme-7-4-2021

A new study published yesterday by the New Nuclear Watch Institute (NNWI) finds that the "supposed dependency concerns" associated with the host-vendor relationship in the nuclear energy sector are "historically and practically unfounded". The report - Energy Security in the Age of Net-Zero Ambitions and the System Value of Nuclear Power - focuses on the issue of energy security and the important contributions that nuclear power can make towards maintaining and strengthening it as energy systems decarbonise, both along the various transition pathways that energy systems have started upon and at their eventual low-carbon endpoint.

Date: Friday, 30 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ranking-risks-for-energy-security-in-the-net-zero

Japan’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa NPP in Niigata Prefecture will not be restarted until fiscal 2022 at the earliest, according to a new business plan released by Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (Tepco) on 21 July. In the first revision of the document in four years, Tepco also outlined plans to invest up to JPY3,000 billion ($27bn) by fiscal 2030 for decarbonisation efforts and outlined other targets.

Date: Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstepco-business-plan-defers-restart-of-kashiwazaki-kariwa-npp-8936701

Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) said on 19 July that it would reduce the number of small modular reactors (SMRs) it planned to build in Idaho from 12 to six. The project is part of a US Department of Energy (DOE) initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by using nuclear power to complement intermittent renewable energy. DOE in late 2020 awarded the cooperative about $1.4 billion to support development and construction of the commercial reactors at its site in eastern Idaho that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.

Date: Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuamps-downsizes-nuscale-smr-project-8937920

Reactor shutdowns have made Germany more reliant on coal Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel has defended her decision to end the country’s use of commercial nuclear power next year, but acknowledged that it will make it harder to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the short term.

The decision was taken in the wake of the Fukushima-Daichi nuclear accidents in Japan 10 years ago. Critics have said the move places a double burden on Germany as it seeks to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2045.

“There are other countries that choose differently and in doing so it will be easier for them, in some ways, to achieve climate neutrality,” Ms Merkel told reporters in Germany. “I still believe that in the long term nuclear energy isn't a sustainable form of energy production.”

The phaseout of nuclear power by the end of 2022 has made Germany more reliant on coal over the coming years compared to France or Britain. But the German government has also committed to ending the burning of coal by 2038, a goal Ms Merkel said could only be achieved by significantly expanding the use of renewable energy and relying on less-polluting natural gas as a bridge technology.

Date: Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuclear-phaseout-will-make-it-harder-to-reduce-emissions-7-5-2021

The Arctic’s energy demands are ‘demanding and difficult to meet’. Courtesy Wikipedia/Timinilya. The continued development of small modular reactors offers a potential opportunity to overcome many of the hindrances presented by larger nuclear power plants, including high costs, complex supply chains, large physical infrastructure, and unsuitability in harsh environments such as the Arctic, according to an article published by the Atlantic Council think-tank.

Julia Nesheiwat of the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Centre, wrote in the article that low-carbon SMRs present a vital opportunity for energy production in the Arctic, where energy needs are more demanding and difficult to meet due to the region’s low temperatures, low population density, and inaccessibility.

Date: Tuesday, 27 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/smrs-present-vital-opportunity-for-arctic-energy-production-7-1-2021

US power utility Exelon said on 19 July that the four nuclear plants serving Chicago and northern Illinois are approaching a combined 41 years, or 15,000 consecutive days, of continuous service at a time when the energy grid is increasingly challenged by extreme heat and storms. The Dresden, Byron, Braidwood and LaSalle NPPs located outside the Chicago region provide more than two-thirds of the state’s carbon-free energy and are the only clean-energy resources that can operate around-the-clock, 365 days a year.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsexelon-faces-closure-of-its-illinois-npps-if-new-legislation-is-not-adopted-8919269

Carbon dioxide emissions from the USA's 100 largest power producers fell 10% between 2019 and 2020, according to the latest in a series of benchmarking studies dating back to 1997. Nuclear accounted for over half of the zero-carbon resources which together generated about 38% of US electricity in 2020.

Date: Thursday, 22 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-benchmarking-study-reflects-decarbonisation-eff

A recent report by Belgium’s the Federal Planning Bureau (FPB), entitled “Economische Vooruitzichten (Economic Outlook) 2021-2026, said Belgium’s planned nuclear phase-out would result in an increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Chapter 2 of the 86-page report looks at the international context and prospects for Belgian economic growth, inflation, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Date: Wednesday, 21 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbelgian-report-forecasts-increased-emissions-as-npps-close-8912225

The International Energy Agency (IEA) today launched its Sustainable Recovery Tracker that monitors governments' fiscal responses to the COVID-19 crisis and estimates their impact on clean energy investments and global CO2 emissions. The new online tool is a contribution to the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Environment, Climate and Energy, which takes place in Naples on 22 and 23 July under the presidency of Italy.

Date: Wednesday, 21 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Sustainable-recovery-receiving-inadequate-attentio