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As policymakers grapple with the twin challenges of climate change and a post-COVID economic recovery, the benefits of nuclear power are clearer than ever, but the industry still has some way to go in addressing perceptions of its alleged drawbacks with cost, safety and radioactive waste. This was the overriding message of the three panellists in a webinar held last week by Utilities Middle East in partnership with Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Friday, 01 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-barrier-to-nuclear-is-perception,-says-panel

Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies (USNC-Tech) - a subsidiary of Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) - has developed a design concept as part of NASA-funded research into nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) systems for potential use in deep space travel. The concept uses a specialised variation of USNC's proprietary fully ceramic microencapsulated, tristructural isotropic fuel, developed for use in power reactors.

Date: Saturday, 24 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/USNC-Tech-develops-deep-space-propulsion-system

Concreting of the foundation plates of the reactor building and the turbine building for Akkuyu 2 under construction in Turkey have been completed, Russia’s Akkuyu Nuclear announced.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmajor-concreting-tasks-completed-at-akkuyu-nuclear-plant-8147918

Russia’s fuel company TVEL is developing accident tolerant fuel (ATF) for light water reactors and plans to begin testing it in late 2019, according to Kirill Komarov, first deputy general director of state nuclear corporation Rosatom. "The basis of all these developments are technological solutions in the field of materials science, related to zirconium and a variety of other materials, the alloy of which will enable the fuel to be extremely durable and resistant to any type of exposure, " he said on 18 July.

Date: Monday, 23 July 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-accident-tolerant-fuel-to-be-tested-next-year-6261481

Scientists at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) on 25 June reported a new record performance at the Wendelstein 7-X stellerator, which began operation in 2015. Earlier experiments saw the plasma in the reactor achieve higher temperatures and densities than ever before, and now the records have been broken again in a new test with upgraded components. Like the tokamak, the stellarator uses large superconducting magnets to suspend hydrogen plasma and heat it to the temperatures and pressures needed to fuse hydrogen into helium. The Wendelstein 7-X has 50 superconducting magnet coils some 3.5 metres high. However, while the tokamak confines plasma in a doughnut shaped torus, the stellarator traps the plasma in a twisting spiral shape, which is designed to cancel out instabilities in the suspended plasma.

Date: Thursday, 28 June 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnew-record-results-for-german-stellerator-6224550

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded BWXT Nuclear Energy a $18.8 million contract to initiate conceptual designs for a nuclear thermal propulsion reactor in support of a possible future manned mission to Mars. BWXT Nuclear Energy is a subsidiary of nuclear components, fuel and services provider BWX Technologies, which is based in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Date: Friday, 04 August 2017
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NASA-boosts-nuclear-thermal-propulsion-with BWXT-c

FAE SA, the Argentinean manufacturer of seamless zirconium tubing for nuclear fuel elements has signed a contract to supply Alloy 690 seamless tubes to manufacture 12 helicoidal steam generators for the National Atomic Energy Commission’s (CNEA’s) CAREM small modular reactor (SMR) project. The tubes are 35 metres long  - the longest ever made for this application - and will be delivered during 2017. 

Date: Thursday, 16 February 2017
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstubing-contract-for-argentinas-carem-5741127

A new gas control system installed to reduce radioactive nuclides from the unit 2 primary containment vessel has possibly detected amounts of radioactive xenon with short half-lives, TEPCO said.

Unit 2 PCV filter unit

Date: Wednesday, 02 November 2011
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstepco-injects-poison-after-fission-products-detected-in-new-unit-2-gas-treatment-line

Japanese utility TEPCO is preparing an application to the Japanese regulator to flood the Fukushima Daiichi unit 1 reactor vessel, and is planning a ventilation system to improve working conditions during planned stabilisation work.
Reactor-by-reactor, system-by-system summary from JAIF as of 3 May; yellow indicates abnormal/unstable; red means damaged/nonfunctional

Date: Tuesday, 03 May 2011
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstepco-begins-preparations-for-unit-1-stabilisation