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Moltex Energy Limited subsidiary MoltexFLEX has received a research grant to work with researchers at the University of Manchester to investigate how its FLEX reactor's molten coolant salt interacts with graphite, enabling detailed characterisation work to be undertaken.

Date: Thursday, 02 February 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/MoltexFLEX-wins-grant-for-graphite-research

Companies have ‘concrete plans’ for rapid expansion The new JV plans to begin manufacturing Triso particles and FCM fuel in late 2025. Courtesy USNC. France-based nuclear company Framatome and US-based Ultra Safe Nuclear have signed a non-binding agreement to form a joint venture to bring commercially viable, fourth-generation nuclear fuel to market for USNC’s micro-modular reactor (MMR) and other advanced nuclear power plant designs.

The joint venture expects to begin manufacturing Triso particles and fully ceramic microencapsulated (FCM) fuel in late 2025.

The two companies said they had developed “concrete plans” to support rapid expansion to meet demand growth for advanced nuclear fuel in the US and global markets.

The partnership follows the opening of USNC’s pilot fuel manufacturing facility at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in August, the first and only privately funded facility in the US to manufacture Triso particles.

Date: Tuesday, 31 January 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/framatome-usnc-joint-venture-aims-to-begin-manufacturing-in-2025-1-1-2023

US-based Oklo has submitted a Licensing Project Plan (LPP) to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), outlining its plans for the future licensing of a first-of-a-kind fuel recycling facility. In early 2022, Oklo and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) signed an agreement to formalise their commitment to commercialising advanced fuel recycling technology.

Date: Saturday, 28 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsoklo-seeks-licence-for-fuel-recycling-facility-10548091

California company evaluating 15 sites for Aurora microreactor Oklo is evaluating 15 different sites for its Aurora nuclear power plant. Courtesy Oklo. US-based advanced nuclear technology company Oklo has submitted a licensing project plan to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a recycling facility that would produce commercial material from used light water reactor fuel.

Oklo has won $17m (€15.6m) in Department of Energy awards for technology development in support of commercialising production of advanced reactor fuel from used nuclear fuel.

The licensing project plan outlines the company’s plans for “pre-application engagement activities” that support the future licensing of a first-of-a-kind fuel recycling facility.

The company said: “Oklo will use an electrorefining-based technology to recycle used nuclear fuel. A critical way this process differs from the legacy reprocessing methods is that electrorefining keeps the major and minor actinide elements combined. For this reason, many refer to the electrorefining process as inherently ‘proliferation-resistant.”

Date: Saturday, 28 January 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/oklo-submits-plans-for-licensing-of-nuclear-fuel-recycling-plant-1-5-2023

A joint venture between Framatome and Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) plans to manufacture commercial quantities of TRISO fuel particles and fuel for advanced reactor designs.

Date: Saturday, 28 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Companies-pool-resources-to-manufacture-TRISO-fuel

NASA and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are to collaborate on development of advanced nuclear thermal propulsion technology for rocket engines. NASA and DARPA will partner on the Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) programme with a view to enabling NASA crewed missions to Mars.

Date: Friday, 27 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnasa-and-darpa-to-develop-nuclear-rocket-engines-10546261

The USA's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are to collaborate on developing and demonstrating a nuclear thermal rocket engine in space by 2027.

Date: Thursday, 26 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NASA-to-test-nuclear-nuclear-rocket-engine-for-man

California-based Oklo Inc has submitted a Licensing Project Plan to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), outlining its plans for pre-application engagement activities that support the future licensing of a commercial-scale nuclear fuel recycling facility.

Date: Thursday, 26 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Oklo-sets-out-plans-for-licensing-of-fuel-recyclin

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has granted a 20-year renewal of its Fuel Facility Operating Licence to Cameco Fuel Manufacturing (CFM) at Port Hope in Ontario. This will allow CFM to operate until 28 February 2043 during which it will have to undergo a comprehensive mid-point (10-year) review of its operations as well as a yearly regulatory oversight report meeting and compliance verification activities.

Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newslicence-renewal-for-cameco-fuel-manufacturing-10539215

Slovakia's Nuclear Regulatory Authority (UJD - Úrad jadrového dozoru) has approved the next stage of commissioning of Mochovce NPP unit 3, which will be the energy start-up. Mochovce 3 is VVER-440 reactor with a design life of 60 years. Construction of the first two 471 MWe VVER units at the four-unit Mochovce plant began in 1982. Construction of units 3&4, which started in 1986, was frozen in 1992. Units 1&2 began operation in 1998 and 1999 and work to complete units 3&4 resumed in 2009 but faced a series of delays. The final design includes many upgrades to safety and security, introduced in the wake of the Fukushima accident.

Date: Saturday, 21 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmochovce-3-approved-for-energy-start-up-10531895