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The Myrrha project at Belgium's Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN) has achieved an important milestone after researchers succeeded in accelerating a proton beam through the recently connected radio frequency quadrupole (RFQ), SCK-CEN said. The RFQ is a component of the particle accelerator that will drive the sub-critical research reactor.

Date: Saturday, 25 July 2020
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Facility will be first prototype of a nuclear plant driven by a particle accelerator A computer-generated image of the planned Myrrha research reactor facility. Courtesy SCK•CEN. The Myrrha project has achieved a development milestone after researchers at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN) succeeded for the first time in accelerating a proton beam through the recently connected radio frequency quadrupole (RFQ).

The RFQ is a component of the particle accelerator that will drive the sub-critical research reactor, under construction at Mol in Belgium.

SCK•CEN said the Myrrha accelerator team had connected the RFQ component with the already existing low-energy beam transmission line (LEBT). The team then fine-tuned the RFQ to accurately match it to the LEBT. Another major step consisted of upgrading the ion source amplifier. “In addition, an RF power amplifier for the RFQ was developed and constructed,” SCK•CEN said.

“The results show that the team succeeded well in integrating the RFQ,” said Dirk Vandeplassche, who leads the linear accelerator team. “The RFQ’s geometry and build quality have proven themselves with an initial test.

Date: Friday, 24 July 2020
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Researchers at Belgium's Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN) have for the first time succeeded in accelerating a proton beam through the recently connected radio frequency quadrupole (RFQ). The RFQ is a component of the particle accelerator that will drive the Myrrha sub-critical research reactor.

Date: Tuesday, 21 July 2020
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Superconductor facility is under construction near Moscow The NICA facility under construction near Moscow. Photo courtesy NICA. Germany and Russia are planning to extend their cooperation on the superconducting Nuclotron-based Ion Collider Facility (NICA), being built in Dubna, near Moscow, Russia’s Joint Institute for Nuclear Research said.

JINR said a committee of member states considers the development of cooperation with Germany as a priority and has suggested that Germany considers the possibility of full membership in JINR.

JINR has 18 member states. Germany is one of six associate members with Egypt, Hungary, Italy, South Africa and Serbia.

JINR said there was already “significant synergy” in many areas because of a roadmap signed between Russia and Germany in 2018 for the development of scientific and technical cooperation. The roadmap saw German partners confirm their willingness to participate in NICA and in projects based on the PIK research reactor under construction at the Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute in Gatchina, south of St Petersburg.

Date: Tuesday, 07 July 2020
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $65 million in nuclear energy research, cross-cutting technology development, facility access, and infrastructure awards for 93 advanced nuclear technology projects in 28 states.

Date: Tuesday, 23 June 2020
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Ansaldo Nuclear has designed and supplied a robot for the removal of 2000 drums of radioactive waste stored in hard-to-access areas within two temporary storage buildings at Italy's shut down Caorso nuclear power plant. Caorso, an 860 MWe boiling water reactor, was closed in 1990 after just 12 years of operation and is now being decommissioned.

Date: Wednesday, 15 April 2020
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The first of 33 scheduled transports aimed at moving about 5600 drums of radioactive resins and sludge departed from Italy's shut down Caorso nuclear power plant on 28 January en route to the Bohunice plant in Slovakia for their treatment and conditioning. All the drums in this second phase of shipments are expected to be transported by 2022.

Date: Friday, 31 January 2020
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The reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel could become safer and more efficient in future after international researchers found a way to modify the structure of molecules to remove radioactive materials.

Date: Thursday, 30 January 2020
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US company to build a proposed medical isotope facility in Janesville, WI The US nuclear regulator has published in the Federal Register a notice of opportunity for submissions regarding a “first of a kind” application by Shine Medical Technologies to operate a proposed medical isotope production facility that does not require a nuclear reactor.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said submissions must be filed by 10 March 2020 by anyone who wishes to participate in the hearing process for the application.

Shine has proposed to construct and operate a facility in Janesville, Wisconsin for the production of the radioisotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) through the irradiation and processing of a uranyl sulfate solution. The company said this patented process replaces a nuclear reactor with a low-energy, accelerator-based neutron source. 

This source functions by colliding deuterium ions with tritium gas to cause fusion. The fusion reaction results in high energy neutrons and helium-4. In other words, the accelerator takes a radioactive by-product created by nuclear power plants (tritium) and turns it into the same clean, harmless gas used to make balloons float.

Date: Wednesday, 15 January 2020
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