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The nuclear industry has for too long taken a passive role in debates that determine how its technology is perceived by the public, but the climate crisis demands active communication about its many benefits, Rauli Partanen, the CEO of Think Atom, said yesterday in his address to delegates at the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle forum. In his keynote speech, Selling the benefits instead of the fear - How to turn the discussion on the future of nuclear into an expansive and progressive one, Partanen said the positive facts about nuclear are lost to poor messaging.

Date: Friday, 16 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-industry-must-change-the-way-it-communicat

China is building a massive underground laboratory to research disposal technologies for high-level radioactive waste, China Daily reported on 8 April. This will pave the way for a repository that can handle the disposal of at least a century's worth of such materials for tens of thousands of years, the lab's chief designer, Wang Ju, vice-president of the Beijing Research Institute of Uranium Geology, told China Daily. The lab will be situated in granite up to 560 metres below ground in the Beishan region of Gansu province. The underground lab was listed as one of China's major scientific construction projects in the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20).

Date: Wednesday, 14 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschina-begins-construction-of-underground-lab-to-research-waste-disposal-8665745

A group of 46 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from 18 countries has written to Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, calling for the inclusion of nuclear energy in the EU taxonomy for sustainable investments. The exclusion of nuclear, they say, would promote a strategy that is "clearly inadequate" to decarbonise the region's economy.

Date: Thursday, 08 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NGOs-call-for-nuclears-inclusion-in-EU-taxonomy

The ability of nuclear energy to stabilise electricity systems and secure the grid is all the more essential in an increasingly unpredictable weather world, write Bryan Hanson, executive vice president and chief generation officer at Exelon, Bodhan Zronek, chief nuclear officer at CEZ Group, and Sama Bilbao y Léon, director general of World Nuclear Association.

Date: Wednesday, 17 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Nuclear-can-weather-any-storm

US-based GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and Estonia’s Fermi Energia have advanced their technology collaboration by entering into a teaming agreement to support the potential deployment of a BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) in Estonia, GEH said on 8 March.

Date: Thursday, 11 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgeh-and-fermi-energia-strengthen-collaboration-on-smr-development-8588532

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has entered into a teaming agreement with Fermi Energia to support the potential deployment of its BWRX-300 small modular reactor in Estonia. This follows their signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in late 2019.

Date: Tuesday, 09 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GE-Hitachi-Fermi-Energia-extend-cooperation-on-SMR

The UK's Rolls-Royce and Estonia's Fermi Energia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to study the potential for the deployment of small modular reactors in the Baltic country. The study will cover all aspects of deployment, including grid suitability, cooling, emergency planning, human resources, licensing feasibility, economics and the supply chain.

Date: Friday, 05 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Rolls-Royce,-Fermi-Energia-to-study-SMR-potential

Once a poster child for environmentalism, Sweden has now embarked on a retroactive and harmful journey, write Sama Bilbao y Léon, director general, and John Lindberg, public affairs manager, at World Nuclear Association. The following is a translation from Swedish of their article Sverige bör ompröva sin kärnkraftspolitik published by Dagens Industri on 18 February.

Date: Saturday, 27 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Sweden-must-reconsider-its-nuclear-polic

Electrochemical Plant (ECP), a subsidiary of Rosatom's nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL, recorded a 14% increase in revenue from the sale of stable isotopes in 2020, exceeding RUB1.5 billion (USD20.1 million) for the first time. The Zelenogorsk, Krasnoyarsk-based company's global market share of the stable isotope market remains over 40%, TVEL said.

Date: Saturday, 27 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Rosatom-revenue-from-stable-isotopes-rises-by-14

German utility Uniper Sweden, Swedish reactor company Blykalla and Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) said on 15 February that they have submitted an application to the Swedish Energy Agency for co-financing of a non-nuclear prototype to develop the reactor technology of the future. This is the second step of three in the development and commercialisation of a new type of reactor in Sweden during the 2030s.

Date: Friday, 19 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsswedish-companies-seek-funding-for-smr-development-8531975