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Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, describes the significance of the recent start-up of the first nuclear power unit in the Arab world.

Date: Tuesday, 11 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/An-historic-moment-for-the-UAE

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on 30 July launched the Perseverance Mars from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The rover is expected to land on Mars in February 2021. It will be powered by a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) developed at the Department of Energy's (DOE’s) Idaho National Laboratory (INL). NASA said the rover, was powered by the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 541 rocket. ULA is the only space launch provider certified to handle Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs), according to ULA president and CEO, Tory Bruno. NASA certifies the rocket, but NASA and DOE together certify the provider to carry a nuclear payload, he explained.

Date: Tuesday, 04 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnasas-new-mars-rover-powered-by-rtgs-8059097

Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA), the managing and operating contractor for the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is seeking information from leaders in the nuclear and space industries to develop innovative technologies for a fission surface power (FSP) system that can be operated on the moon, INL said on 24 July. Responses are sought by 8 September, after which, INL will issue a request for proposal.

Date: Saturday, 01 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-to-develop-a-reactor-for-use-in-space-8055773

US-based nuclear company Thorcon International and Indonesia’s Defence Ministry have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU)  to study developing a thorium molten salt reactor (TMSR) for either power generation or marine vehicle propulsion. The MOU was signed by the head of ministry’s Defence Research and Development Agency, Dr Anne Kusmayati, and ThorCon International Chief Representative Bob S Effendi.

Date: Saturday, 01 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsindonesia-signs-mou-on-molten-salt-reactor-8055819

Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (BEA), the managing and operating contractor for the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory, has issued a request for information (RFI) on a fission surface power (FSP) system that can be operated on the Moon.

Date: Tuesday, 28 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/INL-seeks-industry-partners-for-lunar-nuclear-powe

169 assemblies scheduled to be loaded into core in January A MOX fuel assembly for the Beloyarsk-4 nuclear power plant in Russia. Photo courtesy Tvel. Russia has manufactured the first full reload batch of fresh uranium-plutonium mixed oxide (MOX) fuel for the Beloyarsk-4 BN-800 fast neutron reactor.

State nuclear fuel company Tvel said the 169 fuel assemblies, manufactured at the Mining and Chemical Combine in Zheleznogorsk, eastern Siberia, have been accepted by nuclear operator Rosenergoatom, which has confirmed the consignment is ready for shipment.

Tvel said the refuelling of Beloyarsk-4, near Yekaterinburg in central Russia, is scheduled for January 2021.

The 820-MW BN-800 reactor began commercial operation in October 2016 with a hybrid core, partially loaded with uranium fuel produced by Elemash, Tvel’s fabrication facility in Elektrostal, near Moscow, and partially with experimental MOX fuel bundles manufactured at the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors in Dimitrovgrad, southwest Russia.

Date: Friday, 24 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/first-full-batch-of-mox-fuel-produced-for-beloyarsk-4-fast-neutron-reactor-7-4-2020

The UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announced that the government would invest £40 million ($50.5m) to develop the next generation of nuclear energy technology, creating R&D and manufacturing jobs across the UK.

Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-funding-for-advanced-reactors-8022575

Aim is to ‘supercharge’ country’s advanced nuclear energy industry A computer-generated image of Tokamak Energy’s ST40 small modular fusion reactor. Courtesy Tokamak Energy. The UK has announced £40m of funding to “unlock thousands of green jobs” by developing the next generation of nuclear energy technology, with £30m of the total going to support three small modular reactor projects.

The government said the £30m will speed up the development of three SMR projects in the UK and “drive them closer towards supplying low-carbon energy to the nation”.

The remaining £10m will be invested in smaller research, design, and manufacturing projects.

The government said the funding will ensure SMR technology is more attractive to private sector investors, “supercharging” the development of the industry and creating supply chains for future SMR developments.

Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/uk-announces-gbp40-million-funding-for-reactor-projects-7-1-2020

The UK government has announced an investment of GBP40 million (USD50 million) in the development of advanced modular reactors (AMRs) and small modular reactors (SMRs). A government-commissioned report, meanwhile, has made recommendations for boosting the capability of the UK's nuclear R&D sector and domestic supply chain to support future AMR deployment.

Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-government-support-for-modular-reactor-deployme