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A new report by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), “Beyond Electricity: The Economics of Nuclear Cogeneration”, published on 22 July says: “Nuclear energy is an important source of low-carbon electricity and plays a significant role in avoiding carbon emissions. It has the potential to contribute further to the decarbonisation of the world’s energy sector if it is also used to provide heat for industrial applications, which today mainly run on fossil fuels.”

Date: Friday, 29 July 2022
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Country ‘leading way’ on next-generation nuclear technologies Ontario Power Generation and X-energy have signed an agreement to look for opportunities to deploy the Xe-100 high-temperature, gas-cooled reactor at industrial sites in Ontario and identify further potential end users and sites throughout Canada.

The companies said the partnership will “lead the decarbonisation of industrial applications through the deployment of Xe-100 SMRs”.

US-based X-energy said it developed and designed its Xe-100 reactor by building and improving on decades of high-temperature gas reactor research, development, and operating experience.

The Generation IV reactor is scalable to meet demand and one unit can generate up to 80 MW of electricity from 200 MW of thermal power. It efficiently produces steam at 565 °C and offers “highly flexible co-generation options”, making it the ideal candidate for decarbonising multiple industrial processes and supporting end-user power needs.

Date: Friday, 15 July 2022
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Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and X-energy have signed a framework agreement to seek opportunities for the decarbonisation of high-temperature industrial applications through the deployment of Xe-100 small modular reactors (SMRs) in Canada.

Date: Thursday, 14 July 2022
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The UK-headquartered developer of small modular lead-cooled fast reactors, Newcleo, says it has successfully raised EUR300 million (USD316 million) and also announced it has contracted France’s Orano for feasibility studies on the establishment of a mixed plutonium-uranium oxides (MOX) production plant.

Date: Tuesday, 21 June 2022
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Pre-licensing discussions underway with UK nuclear regulator US-based nuclear company Westinghouse is nearing completion of a conceptual design for a lead-cooled fast reactor (LFR) with eight “state-of-the-art” testing facilities being established in the UK to demonstrate the plant’s features, a conference was told.

Rita Baranwal, chief technology officer at Westinghouse, told the Nuclear Innovation Conference in Amsterdam that LFR tests rigs are being erected at locations including Westinghouse’s own Springfields facility near Preston, reactor technology and engineering company Jacobs’ facility in Warrington and the University of Bangor in Wales. Fuel development is taking place at the National Nuclear Laboratory and the University of Manchester.

Ms Baranwal, a former assistant secretary for nuclear energy at US Department of Energy, said testing is scheduled to begin this summer and the company is engaged in pre-licensing discussions about the LFR with the UK nuclear regulator.

She said first unit of Westinghouse’s new-generation high-capacity nuclear plant could potentially be operating in 2027.

Date: Friday, 17 June 2022
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Nuclear reactor technology could also be used to produce hydrogen The IMSR is said to be 50 percent more efficient than traditional reactors. Courtesy Terrestrial Energy. Canada-based Generation IV reactor developer Terrestrial Energy has signed an agreement with US-based KBR to investigate the use of the integral molten salt reactor (IMSR) for hydrogen and ammonia production.

Terrestrial Energy said that zero-emission thermal energy from IMSR nuclear cogeneration can be used in the production process of hydrogen and ammonia.

KBR supplies ammonia production technology to chemical manufacturers globally, the statement said.

According to Terrestrial Energy, KBR will support the development of “commercial frameworks” for the deployment and marketing of ammonia production technology using IMSR cogeneration.

Date: Wednesday, 15 June 2022
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Government to provide funding of €100m over four years Prime minster Alexander De Croo said SCK CEN will ‘lead Belgium towards sustainable nuclear energy’. Belgium’s nuclear research centre SCK CEN is to conduct research into small, modular reactors of the future with a budget of €100m over four years from the federal government.

Nuclear research at SCK CEN, at Dol to the northeast of Brussels, has generally focussed on the safety and technical life of reactor components for Belgium’s fleet of seven commercial nuclear power plants.

But Eric van Walle, SCK CEN’s director-general, said the government has decided to invest in research into innovative SMRs, potentially in cooperation with national and international partners.

In a speech to mark SCK CEN’s 70th anniversary, prime minster Alexander De Croo said SCK CEN will “lead Belgium towards sustainable nuclear energy”.

Date: Thursday, 26 May 2022
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The US Department of Defense Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) has announced it will proceed with the project to build and demonstrate a TRISO-fuelled prototype mobile microreactor at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) site. It will be the USA's first electricity-generating Generation IV reactor.

Date: Friday, 15 April 2022
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Rosatom has registered a new company – JSC Rusatom Energy Projects — that will promote and contract on the world market the entire product line of the state corporation: from high-capacity nuclear power plants (NPPs) to microreactors. 

Date: Wednesday, 23 February 2022
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The SMR & Advanced Reactor 2022 conference organised by Reuters Events will take place on 24-25 May in Atlanta, Georgia and will provide a forum for discussing how small modular reactors (SMRs) and advanced reactors can be vehicles to nuclear energy replacing fossil fuels.

The event will bring together more than 500 key players, stakeholders, and decision makers from utilities, developers, investors, regulators, governments, and leading construction business from across the globe.

Main topics to be discussed at the conference include the commercialisation of SMRs and Generation IV reactors, fostering investment in SMRs and the nuclear market, and the key steps and lessons learned for SMR development.

Date: Thursday, 17 February 2022
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