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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
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nrc-calls-for-submissions-on-first-of-a-kind-production-facility-1-2-2020

The US Department of Energy has selected Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton, New York, as the site for a new research facility that it says will be a game-changing resource for the international nuclear physics community. The Electron Ion Collider (EIC) will be designed and constructed over 10 years and cost about USD1.6-2.6 billion.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Brookhaven-selected-to-host-new-US-ion-collider

The US Department of Energy has selected Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton, New York, as the site for a new research facility that it says will be a game-changing resource for the international nuclear physics community. The Electron Ion Collider (EIC) will be designed and constructed over 10 years and cost about USD1.6-2.6 billion.

Date: Saturday, 11 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Brookhaven-selected-to-host-new-US-ion-collider

A dual ion beam facility, which enables two ion beams from different accelerators to be combined simultaneously, has been inaugurated in Zagreb. The facility strengthens Croatia’s fusion research and expands the global supply of facilities with such cutting-edge capabilities, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported on 11 July.

Date: Friday, 19 July 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnew-fusion-facility-inaugurated-in-croatia-7322669

The new dual ion beam facility in Zagreb. Photo courtesy IAEA. A dual ion beam facility, which enables two ion beams from different accelerators to be combined simultaneously, has been inaugurated in Zagreb, strengthening fusion research in Croatia and expanding the global supply of facilities with such capabilities, the International Atomic Agency said.

The facility was installed with IAEA support at the Ruđer Bošković Institute. It will help scientists test and develop new structural materials indispensable for fusion energy to become a reality. Only very few facilities of this kind exist worldwide.

The IAEA said fusion researchers and engineers work to develop methods to harness the power generated by the fusion of light nuclei, a process comparable to the energy production of stars. It holds the promise of abundant, safe and carbon free energy.

Date: Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/croatia-facility-will-strengthen-research-says-iaea-7-2-2019

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $49.3m (€43.5m) in funding for nuclear energy research projects in 25 states as part of the government’s Nuclear Energy University Programme (NEUP) and Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) programmes, a DOE statement said.

The funds will cover facility access, cross-cutting technology development, and infrastructure awards for 58 advanced nuclear technology projects, the statement said.

The DOE said $28.5m (€25.1m) under NEUP will support 40 university-led nuclear energy research and development projects in 23 states. Seven other university-led projects will receive more than $1.6m for research reactor and infrastructure improvements providing important safety, performance and student education-related upgrades to a part of the US’ 25 university research reactors.

Date: Tuesday, 02 July 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/doe-announces-close-to-usd50-million-in-funding-for-nuclear-energy-projects-7-2-2019

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced USD49.3 million in funding for nuclear energy research, facility access, crosscutting technology development, and infrastructure for 58 advanced nuclear technology projects in 25 states.

Date: Friday, 28 June 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-DOE-announces-funding-for-nuclear-energy-R-D

US-based NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes and Belgium’s Ion Beam Applications (IBA) have signed a contract under which IBA would supply up to eight Rhodotron TT300 HE electron beam accelerators to NorthStar, which has issued purchase orders for the first two units. Six more will be delivered in coming years.

Date: Thursday, 04 April 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbelgiums-iba-to-supply-accelerators-to-northstar-7136876

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec)  has completed the main concrete works and heavy equipment lifting for the four reactors under construction at Barakah in the Al Dhafra Region of Abu Dhabi.

Date: Tuesday, 20 November 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmain-concrete-works-completed-at-barakah-6860649

Nuvia (UK) announced on 29 August that it has secured a multi-million-pound contract for Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) to design, procure, install and commission plant and equipment to remove the residual NaK (Sodium-Potassium) remaining in the Dounreay Fast Reactor’s (DFR) complex piping network. DFR was built during the 1950s at a time when there was a worldwide shortage of uranium for electricity generation and became the world’s first fast reactor to provide electricity to a national grid.

Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuvia-wins-contract-to-remove-coolant-from-dounreay-fast-reactor-6728387