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RWT Growth and StarCore Nuclear Canada have announced a partnership  to bring low cost, clean nuclear energy to remote locations and industries that rely on less environmentally friendly sources power, such as diesel generators.

Date: Thursday, 21 May 2020
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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has entered into a collaboration agreement with UK-based Moltex Energy. Funded through CNL's Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative (CNRI), the agreement includes work to support aspects of Moltex Energy’s nuclear fuel development programme for its Stable Salt Reactor, a 300 MWe small modular reactor (SMR) design.

Date: Saturday, 25 April 2020
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Leading the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) at a time when respect is growing for nuclear energy as a reliable and low-carbon source of electricity is an exciting prospect, its new CEO and chairman, respectively, Ingemar Engkvist and Tom Mitchell, said in an interview with World Nuclear News. Speaking at the organisation's London headquarters recently, they said their enthusiasm in leading WANO into its fourth decade reflects not only their passion for the industry but also their optimism about its future.

Date: Saturday, 21 March 2020
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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory have agreed an action plan to boost collaboration in energy, medical isotopes, waste management and decommissioning, while the Canadian Nuclear Association and the UK's Nuclear Industry Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in promoting nuclear technologies. Canada's 19 nuclear power reactors produce 15% of the country's electricity. The UK's 15 nuclear power reactors, operating across eight sites, account for 21% of that country's generation.


CNL and NNL's action plan, announced on 4 March, includes exploring joint research projects and studies, information exchange workshops and other resource and knowledge-sharing opportunities. They have identified research related to advanced nuclear reactor fuel, targeted alpha therapy and medical isotope production and environmental remediation practices and technologies as key areas they intend to pursue in partnership.

This follows an MoU they signed in 2016 to collaborate on a variety of projects in reactor metallurgy, fuel development, waste management and medical radioisotopes.

CNL President and CEO Mark Lesinski said the new action plan will enable them to share expertise, facilities, equipment and other resources to achieve public policy goals in their respective countries. "Canada and the United Kingdom have a long history of working together to tackle some of the world's most pressing challenges through nuclear science and technology, but we still have a lot to learn from one another, and I am thrilled that this tradition of collaboration will continue through this agreement," he said.

NNL CEO Paul Howarth said the MoU had been an "excellent way" of opening links between the organisations. "However, this Action Plan takes us a big step further forward and means that we will now begin to see outputs from our collaboration which will benefit both the UK and Canada."

Association links

The new MoU signed on 3 March by the CNA and NIA at the UK Department for International Trade's Civil Nuclear Showcase 2020 addresses the need for greater dialogue and exploration of nuclear's role in effective environmental stewardship, the two organisations said. It includes demonstrating nuclear power as a clean energy technology; advocating for more explicit and prominent inclusion of nuclear in energy and environmental policies; promoting the inclusion of nuclear technologies in bilateral dialogues and forums; and supporting the countries' shared leadership in the Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy (NICE) Future initiative.

CNA President and CEO John Gorman said the MoU will help accelerate the wave of innovation in nuclear energy among the two organisations' member companies. "Nuclear energy already makes important contributions to combating climate change. To reach net-zero emissions, global cooperation at the government and industry level will be essential. This agreement between two world-class industries is a key step in that direction," he said.

"International cooperation is critical to both the current success and the bright future of the nuclear industry," said NIA Chief Executive Tom Greatrex. "This MoU will further strengthen ties with our Canadian partners and assist in advancing nuclear power as an essential element of clean energy solutions to address climate issues globally."

SMR collaboration

The University of New Brunswick and Bangor University in Wales have signed a letter of intent to work together on the development of small modular reactors.

The letter of intent identifies possible areas of collaboration based upon similarities between the two institutions, the University of New Brunswick said, adding that noth universities have demonstrated leadership in nuclear research and development in their respective regions.

Civil society declaration

A group of nuclear power advocates yesterday presented the governments of Canada and the UK with a declaration calling for a high-profile nuclear presence at the UN's climate talks in November. The presentation took place at a civil society roundtable event at the High Commission of Canada in London, which concluded that, as the second largest source of clean energy, nuclear should be represented accordingly during the upcoming COP26 meeting in Glasgow.

"In this critical decade we must expand the suite of clean energy options to include nuclear products that are cost competitive, easier to buy, easier to deliver, present lower risk to investors and can meet a broad range of market applications," they wrote in their declaration.

Signatories included climate scientist James Hansen, President of African Women in Energy and Power Bertha Dlamini, National Secretary of Prospect Union Alan Leighton, former chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee Tim Yeo, and climate author Mark Lynas, among 31 civil society leaders from nine countries.

The declaration was presented to Shawn Tupper of Natural Resources Canada and Christopher Bowbrick of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Researched and written by World Nuclear News

Date: Saturday, 07 March 2020
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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) announced it has developed an Action Plan under its existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the UK National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

Date: Friday, 06 March 2020
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The impetus for new build is being spurred by a need to reduce reliance on polluting coal China has 10 nuclear units under construction including two Generation III Hualong One plants at Fangchenggang. China, with its state nuclear companies backed by a government hungry for development, is the most active nation for building new nuclear power plants. That trend that is likely to continue, although confirming lucrative export deals for its reactor technology still runs far behind the pace set by Russia, which says it had 39 reactors under construction or planned overseas as of 2018.

This compares to only two reactors under construction overseas by China, both in Pakistan, although in the UK China has a stake in EDF’s Hinkley Point C project and plans for Chinese technology at Bradwell B. At Sizewell C in Suffolk EDF wants to build a clone of Hinkley Point C if it can attract enough private investment. CGN holds a 20% share.

The government has said it wants to build 30 reactors overseas by 2030. China and Russia both see Africa, where about 600 million people live without electricity, as something of a golden fleece and are pursuing nuclear agreements, which lay the groundwork for new-build, in a number of African nations. Small modular reactors and floating reactors could be an option for isolated areas. China has already said it is close to starting work on its first floating unit, but reliable details are few and far between.

The impetus for nuclear power in China is increasingly due to air pollution from coal-fired plants. To meet its climate goal as stipulated in the Paris agreement, China will need to reduce its coal power capacity by 40% over the next decade, according to Global Energy Monitor’s analysis. At present, this seems unrealistic. In addition to roughly 1,000 GW of existing coal capacity, China has 121 GW of coal plants under construction, which is more than is being built in the rest of the world combined.

Date: Friday, 24 January 2020
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The Bill Gates-backed company is developing two Generation IV reactor designs, but is also carrying out research into materials testing and radioisotope production A computer generated mockup of the TerraPower Travelling Wave Reactor. Courtesy TerraPower. In just a few years TerraPower – the US nuclear company backed by Bill Gates – has transformed itself from developing a single advanced reactor design to becoming a hub of innovation in a number of key areas of nuclear science.

It has added to its portfolio projects to manufacture medical isotopes, develop process heat applications and deploy modelling software for use in designing advanced nuclear reactors.

In addition to its work on the Travelling Wave Reactor (TWR), the company has also begun, in cooperation with multiple US partners, to develop a molten chloride salt reactor (MCFR).

The TWR is designed to be capable of using fuel made from depleted uranium, which is currently a waste byproduct of the uranium enrichment process.

Date: Wednesday, 18 December 2019
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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Pre-Operational Safety Review Team (Pre-OSART) team concluded an 18-day mission to unit 3 of the Mochovce NPP in Slovakia on 5 December. The team observed a commitment to safety by owner/operator Slovenske Elektrarne ahead of the unit’s start of commercial operation and also identified areas for further improvement. Slovakia is building two 471 MWe VVER-440 pressurised water reactors at the site where two 470 MWe units are already in operation.

Date: Wednesday, 11 December 2019
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Used fuel assemblies, which had been lying for decades at the bottom of Building 5, an ageing used fuel store at Russia’s Andreeva Bay in the Arctic northwest, have been removed and secured. The complex operation that was the first of its kind, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced on 26 November.

Date: Friday, 29 November 2019
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UK-based Fazer-Nash Consultancy and Terrestrial Energy have signed a contract for engineering services related to the fabrication of the graphite moderator, a key component in Terrestrial Energy’s Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR).

Date: Wednesday, 27 November 2019
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