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The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) on 6 October released a new report, “Small Modular Reactors in the Australian Context”, which offers an overview of SMRs, their potential role in Australia and likely operating costs.

Date: Friday, 08 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsminerals-council-of-australia-looks-at-smrs-9138244

Recycled REMIX nuclear fuel has passed a five-year operational test in Russia and is ready for pilot operation, Rosatom fuel subsidiary TVEL has said. REMIX is designed to reduce uranium consumption and close the fuel cycle using mainstream light-water reactors.

Date: Saturday, 18 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Successful-test-of-recycled-fuel

Both demonstration and test reactors are necessary to support the development and commercial deployment of the new reactor technologies that will expand access to reliable, clean energy, writes Kathryn Huff, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at the US Department of Energy. This article was first published by the Office of Nuclear Energy on 30 July.

Date: Saturday, 04 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Demonstration-AND-Test-Reactors-Both-Are

The Danish nuclear reactor company Seaborg Technologies is currently completing important experiments in collaboration with both experts from Neutron and Muon Source (ISIS) at Oxford (UK) and European Spallation Source (ESS) research centre in Lund in Sweden. The goal is to understand how neutrons in modern reactors behave. The new knowledge should allow Seaborg to optimise their reactor design. The company is aiming for 2025 for having its first reactor online. Seaborg is developing compact thorium-based Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs). 

Date: Thursday, 02 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsseaborg-completes-experiments-to-optimise-its-molten-salt-reactor-design-9048040

Scientists at the US Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have obtained some initial results from their investigations into cubes of uranium which were part of Nazi Germany’s nuclear weapons programme, the American Chemical Society (ACS) reported on 24 August. Brittany Robertson, a doctoral student who works at PNNL will present the work at ACS Fall 2021 meeting. 

Date: Friday, 27 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-scientists-investigate-uranium-cubes-from-nazi-germanys-nuclear-programme-9032569

US Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) said on 24 August that it was expanding modelling software to support nuclear safety and regulatory activities related to advanced reactor designs. Nuclear power is a significant source of steady carbon-neutral electricity, making the design and construction of new and next-generation nuclear reactors critical for achieving US green energy goals, SNL noted.

Date: Friday, 27 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-sandia-labs-develop-modelling-software-to-support-advanced-reactor-safety-9032634

An experimental method developed by scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to determine the age and origin of uranium samples is being used to investigate the provenance of historic material allegedly recovered from Nazi Germany's nuclear programme during World War II. As well as potentially solving the mystery of the 'Heisenberg cubes', these techniques could also be applied to investigations into illicit trafficking of nuclear material.

Date: Wednesday, 25 August 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-scientists-working-to-solve-Heseinberg-cube-mys

In order to help the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) evaluate the safety of the next generation of nuclear power reactors, fuel cycle facilities and fuel technologies, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have been expanding their severe accident modelling computer code, called Melcor, to work with different reactor geometries, fuel types and coolant systems.

Date: Wednesday, 25 August 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Sandia-extends-computer-modelling-code-to-advanced

Westinghouse, the UK National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and Terrestrial Energy have announced a partnership in the UK to advance the industrial scale up and commercial supply of enriched uranium fuel for use in Terrestrial's Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR). An agreement between the three defines the process for delivering IMSR fuel for commercial use, concurrent with schedules for commercial operation of IMSR power plants.

Date: Thursday, 19 August 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Partnership-set-up-for-UK-IMSR-fuel-supply

A computer-generated image of a Terrestrial Energy IMSR plant. Courtesy Terrestrial Energy. Westinghouse, the UK National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), and Canada-based reactor developer Terrestrial Energy have signed an agreement to advance the industrial scaleup and commercial supply of enriched uranium fuel.

The fuel is intended for use in Terrestrial Energy’s integral molten salt reactor (IMSR), a Generation IV advanced nuclear power plant, which is under development in Ontario, Canada.

The agreement with Westinghouse and the NNL – the UK’s national laboratory for nuclear fission research – defines the process for delivering IMSR fuel for commercial use.

Westinghouse said the initiative will support jobs at its Springfields site in Lancashire, northern England.

Date: Wednesday, 18 August 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/canada-smr-developer-signs-fuel-agreement-with-uk-laboratory-and-westinghouse-8-2-2021