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Scientists of Russia’s Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) are investigating the behaviour of welded joints made of E110 zirconium alloy, obtained by means of laser welding with the aim of developing accident tolerant fuel.

Date: Friday, 14 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-scientists-develop-chrome-coatings-to-protect-fuel-assemblies-9401086

President says Europe ‘will never have’ enough renewable energy capacity Mr Macron said France’s nuclear plants are a major asset for producing clean hydrogen. Courtesy Elysée Palace. French president Emmanuel Macron said that by 2030 France must be a leader in carbon-free power production with one small modular reactor in operation and nuclear plants used to produce clean hydrogen through electrolysis.

Mr Macron said Europe will never have enough renewable energy capacity to produce sufficient green hydrogen and that France’s nuclear plants are a major asset for producing green hydrogen.

Mr Macron made the comments as he unveiled a five-year investment plan on Tuesday aimed at fostering industrial champions and innovation.

“We must wage the battle of innovation and industrialisation at the same time,” the French president told a gathering of business leaders and young entrepreneurs, unveiling plans to invest €30bn to “re-industrialise” the country.

Date: Wednesday, 13 October 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/macron-announces-plans-for-first-smr-and-green-hydrogen-from-nuclear-plants-by-2030-10-2-2021

Atommash, the Volgodonsk branch of AEM-Technologies (part of Rosatom’s mechanical engineering division  Atomenergomash) has started a long-cycle operation to manufacture the bottom of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) for unit 3 of the Akkuyu NPP under construction in Turkey.

Date: Friday, 10 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsatommash-begins-manufacture-of-reactor-bottom-for-akkuyu-3-9067625

Atomenergomash is in the process of manufacturing the reactor pressure vessel for Turkey's new Akkuyu 3 reactor. Improvements to hand-held cutting tools have cut the time of some jobs by 75%, it said.

Date: Thursday, 09 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Akkuyu-3-s-pressure-vessel-takes-shape

Idaho National Laboratory will test Bloom Energy’s electrolysers. Courtesy INL. The US Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory will collaborate with California-based Bloom Energy on a project to produce clean hydrogen using solid-oxide, high-temperature electrolysis technology powered by nuclear energy.

Bloom Energy said it had signed an agreement with IINL to independently test the use of nuclear energy to create clean hydrogen through Bloom Energy’s electrolyser technology. Testing is due to begin by the end of this year

Carbon-free hydrogen is obtained through electrolysis that is powered by nuclear generation. When the electric grid has ample power, rather than ramping down power generation, the electricity generated by nuclear plants can be used to produce cost-effective hydrogen in support of the burgeoning hydrogen economy.

The electrolysis technology developed by Bloom Energy converts water or steam into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen can then be injected into the natural gas pipeline, stored and used for power generation with a fuel cell at a later time, dispensed to fuel cell vehicles, or used by industrial processes that consume large amounts of hydrogen.

Date: Saturday, 22 May 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-doe-to-test-electrolysis-technology-powered-by-nuclear-5-5-2021

The UK Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) on 17 February announced that a Hydrogen Roadmap had been agreed by the Nuclear Industry Council (NIC). The NIC is co-chaired by the minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth and the NIA chairman. It sets strategic priorities for government-industry collaboration to promote nuclear power in the UK.

Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-nuclear-industry-agrees-hydrogen-roadmap-8542487

"The US uranium mining industry has the personnel and yellowcake processing plants on standby, and is ready to expand into new areas with discoveries that will provide hundreds of years of available uranium resources from a variety of secure sources," says Michael D. Campbell, chairman of the Uranium (Nuclear & REE) Committee of the Energy Minerals Division of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). "So let the drilling and processing begin."

Date: Friday, 25 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-uranium-miners-ready-to-support-nuclear-power,

US Department of Energy (DOE) released its Hydrogen Program Plan to provide a strategic framework for the Department’s hydrogen research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities.

Date: Thursday, 19 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-releases-hydrogen-plan-8368305

Russia’s Rusatom - Additive Technologies (RusAT, part of fuel company TVEL) has launched 3D printing of valves for ventilators. Meanwhile, another Rosatom company Sterion has stepped up efforts to sterile masks for Russian medical facilities.

Date: Tuesday, 07 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatom-supplies-valves-for-ventilators-and-mask-sterilisation-services-7858820

Russia’s Kalinin nuclear power plant is to become a pilot site for the introduction of an innovative robotic fire extinguishing complex.

Date: Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrobotic-fire-extinguishing-complex-for-russias-kalinin-nuclear-plant-7823395