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The ability of nuclear energy to stabilise electricity systems and secure the grid is all the more essential in an increasingly unpredictable weather world, write Bryan Hanson, executive vice president and chief generation officer at Exelon, Bodhan Zronek, chief nuclear officer at CEZ Group, and Sama Bilbao y Léon, director general of World Nuclear Association.

Date: Wednesday, 17 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Nuclear-can-weather-any-storm

The UK, as host of the next round of UN climate talks, must take the opportunity to show how nuclear energy is essential to decarbonisation, Tim Stone, chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association, said at a Westminster Energy Forum conference last week. "In fact, I would go as far as to say: No nuclear? No net zero."

Date: Friday, 19 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Finance-need-not-be-harder-than-physics,-says-NIA

Horizon Nuclear Power, the UK project developer owned by Japan’s Hitachi, has withdrawn its application for planning consent for the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant. Earlier this month, Horizon had for the second time secured a deferral on a decision for the Development Consent Order for the project on Anglesey.

Date: Saturday, 30 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Horizon-withdraws-Wylfa-planning-application

The challenges the nuclear industry faces are largely external and must be overcome if it is to help tackle the existential threat of climate change, panellists in the Nuclear Energy and its Future session of the Reuters Next conference on 11 January said. These challenges include: the notion nuclear is an out-dated technology; the cost of finance; market design; political changes; perceived competition with renewable energy; and the public's misconceptions about radioactive waste.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-real-challenges-to-nuclear-are-external,-says

A decision on planning consent for the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant project on Anglesey has been deferred for a second time, as requested by Horizon Nuclear Power, the UK project developer owned by Japan’s Hitachi.

Date: Tuesday, 05 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-agrees-to-further-deferral-of-Wylfa-planning-de

The UK and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) have signed a Nuclear Cooperation Agreement (NCA). This is separate from the wider UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement that was also announced on 24 December and which has since been approved by ambassadors from the 27 EU Member States, paving the way for it to take effect on 1 January. UK lawmakers will tomorrow return to the House of Commons, the lower chamber of parliament, to vote on the so-called post-Brexit trade deal.

Date: Wednesday, 30 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-and-Euratom-sign-Nuclear-Cooperation-Agreement

The UK-based New Nuclear Watch Institute (NNWI), an industry supported think-tank, has published a 28-page report “On the Role of Nuclear Power in the Development of a European Hydrogen Economy”.

Date: Friday, 18 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnnwi-report-looks-at-nuclears-role-in-hydrogen-production-8415416

China's first ship for the transport of used nuclear fuel has been delivered to China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC). The independently produced double-hulled vessel meets the INF-3 (Irradiated Nuclear Fuel class 3) standards set by the International Maritime Organisation.

Date: Friday, 11 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/China-commissions-first-used-fuel-transport-ship

The HTTR, where Japan Atomic Energy Agency plans to construct a hydrogen production system. Courtesy JAEA. The Japanese multinational Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has suggested cooperating with industries overseas to use high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) to produce hydrogen “on a massive scale” and supplying it to the steel manufacturing industry.

The engineering, electrical equipment and electronics company, which has a nuclear power generation subsidiary, said it wants to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and the first step could be to reduce CO2 emissions through the decarbonisation of thermal power and nuclear power systems.

MHI gave no details of its plans to use hydrogen in its industries, but said it was “vigorously involved” in the effort. It said HTGRs could produce hydrogen in a stable manner that Mitsubishi could use for steel manufacturing.

Date: Saturday, 05 December 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/mhi-calls-for-cooperation-on-htgrs-to-produce-hydrogen-12-5-2020

The 2020 edition of the biennial International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) booklet, Advances in Small Modular Reactor Technology Developments provides the latest data and information on SMRs around the world, including detailed descriptions of 72 reactors under development or construction in 18 countries.

Date: Wednesday, 04 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnew-iaea-publication-looks-at-smr-development-8342387