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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) announced on 13 April that it has fabricated Fully Ceramic Microencapsulated (FCM) fuel pellets, an advanced and proprietary reactor fuel designed by Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) for their Micro Modular Reactor (MMR). The project was funded through the Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative (CNRI) and marks the first time that a Tristructural-Isotropic (TRISO) based fuel has been manufactured in Canada. The CNRI programme, launched in 2019, aims to help small modular reactor (SMR) vendors gain access to CNL expertise in order to help advance the development and commercialisation of their technologies.

Date: Friday, 16 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanada-produces-its-first-trisio-fuel-8673004

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) announced yesterday that it has completed all shipments of highly enriched uranium target residue material (HEU TRM) from Canada to the USA, bringing its TRM Repatriation Project to "a safe and successful conclusion". The culmination of nearly a decade of work and planning removes "a major nuclear liability" from the Chalk River Laboratories campus, CNL said.

Date: Wednesday, 27 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/CNL-completes-HEU-target-residue-material-repatria

The US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) have announced the completion of a multi-year campaign to repatriate 161kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU) liquid target residue material from Chalk River Laboratories in Ontario, Canada, to the Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina.

Date: Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrepatriation-of-heu-from-canada-to-usa-8458729

Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) is proposing to deploy its Micro Modular Reactor (MMR) at sites in Idaho and Illinois by 2026 through partnerships with Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Date: Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Micro-modular-reactors-proposed-for-Idaho-and-Illi

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has announced a collaboration agreement with US-based Kairos Power, which is working to develop and license fluoride salt-cooled small modular reactor (SMR) technology. The agreement is funded through CNL's Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative (CNRI) programme and will cover research and engineering of technologies to separate, analyse and store tritium generated through the reactor's operation.

Date: Saturday, 05 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/CNL-announces-SMR-research-partnership-with-Kairos

US-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) has established a new facility in Salt Lake City to support the development of the company's proprietary Fully Ceramic Micro-encapsulated (FCM) fuel.

Date: Friday, 04 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsusnc-opens-smr-fuel-facility-in-usa-8116534

US-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation has established a new facility in Salt Lake City to support the development of the company’s proprietary fully ceramic micro-encapsulated (FCM) fuel.

Materials developed at the new facility will be used in the company’s micro-modular reactor (MMR) and other nuclear reactors, including gas-cooled reactors, light water reactors, Candu reactors, and molten salt cooled reactors.

Salt Lake City was selected partly because the region is home to significant ceramics and materials expertise, central to the manufacturing of FCM fuel. The Salt Lake City Lab augments Ultra Safe’s materials development efforts at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and collaborations with the Chalk River Laboratories.

FCM is a next-generation Triso particle fuel design, replacing the 50-year-old graphite matrix of traditional Triso fuel with silicon carbide (SiC), a material used in tank armour that is extremely resistant to radiation and thermal damage. Triso, a shortened form of the term tristructural-isotropic, refers to a specific design of uranium nuclear reactor fuel.

Date: Friday, 04 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/ultra-safe-opens-salt-lake-city-facility-to-support-nuclear-fuel-development-9-4-2020

Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) has established a new facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, to support the development of its proprietary Fully Ceramic Microencapsulated (FCM) fuel. Materials developed there will be used in USNC's Micro Modular Reactor (MMR) and other nuclear reactors, including gas-cooled reactors, light water reactors, CANDU reactors and molten salt cooled reactors.

Date: Thursday, 03 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/USNC-opens-SMR-fuel-development-laboratory

US-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) said on 13 August that it had contracted with UK-based Howden to design a helium circulator for use in its Micro-Modular Reactor (MMR). Ultra Safe Nuclear is investing in the Howden submerged helium blowers to maximise heat transfer in the MMR's power plant.

Date: Wednesday, 19 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsultra-safe-nuclear-contracts-uks-howden-to-supply-helium-technology-8089541

UK-based company Howden is to design a helium circulator for use in Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation's (USNC) Micro-Modular Reactors (MMR) under a newly announced contract. USNC said Howden's submerged helium blowers would maximise heat transfer in the MMR's power plant.

Date: Friday, 14 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/SMR-developer-and-engineering-firm-to-collaborate