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The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has published the second edition of its Small Modular Reactor Dashboard which tracks the progress of selected small modular reactor (SMR) designs towards deployment. NEA says the SMR designs are at various stages of development, from fundamental research on new concepts to commercial deployment and operation of mature designs.

Date: Saturday, 02 March 2024
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Sheffield Forgemasters has completed weld-assembly of a full-size small modular reactor (SMR) nuclear vessel demonstrator using Local Electron-Beam Welding (LEBW). Sheffield Forgemasters Research, Design & Technology Director Jesus Talamantes-Silva said the company had achieved “a significant milestone in assembling a nuclear vessel demonstrator, using electron beam welding for the first time at this scale, with 100% success and no defects”.

Date: Thursday, 22 February 2024
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Waste management issues need to have a significantly greater prominence in the process of developing and deploying small modular reactor and advanced modular reactor designs, according to the UK's Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM).

Date: Thursday, 15 February 2024
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US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has signed an agreement with the UK’s Community Nuclear Power (CNP) to deploy the UK’s first privately-financed small modular reactor (SMR) fleet in Northeast England, using Westinghouse AP300 SMRs. “It is a significant step in making this new energy sector a reality with commercial operation expected by the early 2030s,” Westinghouse said.

Date: Wednesday, 14 February 2024
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Estonia’s privately held nuclear energy start-up company Fermi Energia has signed a Letter of Intent with Sweden's Kärnkraftsäkerhet och Utbildning (KSU), a member of the Vattenfall Group, to conduct training related to the Estonian small modular reactor (SMR) programme. KSU, which trains operators and maintenance personnel for Swedish NPPs, will support Fermi Energia in conducting courses and utilising simulator technologies and other training tools during the preparations for deploying and SMR plant in Estonia.

Date: Saturday, 20 January 2024
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Great British Nuclear Chairman Simon Bowen sets out the ambitions and timescales of the UK's current competition to select small modular reactor (SMR) technology - and also suggests there will be a wider range of nuclear energy sites in the years ahead.

Date: Tuesday, 16 January 2024
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The UK company says it is on track to regain ASME status as a supplier of heavy forgings and castings to the civil nuclear market, to position it for the proposed large-scale expansion of nuclear capacity in the country.

Date: Tuesday, 12 December 2023
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Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe (PEJ) and Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) have signed an agreement to cooperate on the training of personnel for Poland's nuclear sector. PEJ is to construct the country's first large-scale nuclear power plant in Pomerania.

Date: Tuesday, 08 August 2023
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