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Future fusion energy facilities will continue to be regulated by the Environment Agency (EA) and Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the UK government has confirmed in its response to a consultation seeking views on the regulatory framework for ensuring the safe and effective rollout of fusion energy. Fission power plants are regulated by the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022
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Canada-based Terrestrial Energy has announced on it has signed an agreement with KBR to investigate the application of zero-emission thermal energy for hydrogen and ammonia production. KBR, headquartered in the US with its centre for international operations in the UK, is a leading supplier of ammonia production technology to operators of chemical facilities worldwide. 

Date: Wednesday, 15 June 2022
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The US Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is advancing two different approaches to accelerate ground and flight testing for nuclear-powered prototypes: compact fusion and next-gen radioisotope concepts. The ultimate objective is to launch a successful orbital prototype demonstration in 2027 of each approach.

Date: Friday, 20 May 2022
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The US Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) has awarded contracts to Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies and Avalanche Energy to demonstrate the next generation of nuclear propulsion and power capability for small spacecraft.

Date: Thursday, 19 May 2022
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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Environmental Management (EM) has partnered with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) to complete the recent demolition of a building and removal of a reactor to make room for new facilities, LLNL said on 10 May.

Date: Saturday, 14 May 2022
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The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking proposals for Phases 2 and 3 of its Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) programme, which aims to demonstrate a nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) system in orbit in fiscal year 2026.

Date: Wednesday, 11 May 2022
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Commercial operation likely to begin later this year There are already five units in commercial operation at the Hongyanhe site. Courtesy CNEA. First criticality has been achieved at Unit 6 of the Hongyanhe nuclear power station in China’s Liaoning province in the northeast of the country, the China Nuclear Energy Association said.

First criticality means the plant achieved a controlled, self-sustaining nuclear fission chain reaction for the first time.

The criticality operation began on 20 April with permission to proceed from the regulator and was completed on 21 April at 01:13 local time after about 18 hours, CNEA said.

In late March, fuel loading was completed at Hongyanhe-6, a Generation III ACPR-1000 pressurised water reactor, construction of which began in July 2015.

Date: Thursday, 28 April 2022
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India’s Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has granted permission for excavation to begin for two 700MWe indigenously developed pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs) at the Kaiga NPP in Karnataka, PTI reported.

Date: Wednesday, 27 April 2022
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US ‘should double’ domestic nuclear production by 2050 February 2022 file photo of construction at the Vogtle nuclear power station in Georgia. Courtesy Georgia Power. The US should aim to double domestic nuclear energy production by 2050 to help achieve 100% clean energy with the widespread deployment of advanced reactors a crucial part of policy, the Nuclear Innovation Alliance think-tank says.

In a report on the future of nuclear fission, the US-based NIA says advanced nuclear energy has the potential to greatly reduce carbon emissions by mid-century and help achieve 100% clean energy in the US. But this promise can only be achieved with “the timely, efficient and widespread deployment of advanced reactors”.

The report warns that the US will need to rebuild the supply chain, complete nuclear projects on time and on budget, create incentives for deployment and enact policies that enable private investment.

The report cites other conditions for success that it says are critical to the successful deployment of advanced reactors. They include modernising advanced nuclear energy regulation, making progress on spent nuclear fuel, getting siting right and prioritising environmental and energy justice. This would ensure, for example, that communities benefit from the repurposing of retiring fossil fuel infrastructure with advanced reactors.

Date: Thursday, 21 April 2022
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Doubling domestic nuclear energy production by 2050 is an "ambitious but achievable" national goal that would help the USA achieve 100% clean energy, US think-tank the Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) said. The organisation is calling for the US Department of Energy (DOE) to launch an Advanced Nuclear Energy Earthshot as part of its Energy Earthshots initiative to help achieve this.

Date: Friday, 15 April 2022
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