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The Czech Republic's support framework for nuclear investment has been approved by the lower house of parliament. The Low Carbon Act should come into effect from 1 January 2022, the energy ministry said. "Currently, there are no market incentives for investment in new nuclear or other emission-free energy sources," noted Tomáš Ehler, the deputy minister of industry and trade, saying, "These market failures have been confirmed by the European Commission itself."

Date: Saturday, 18 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Czech-lawmakers-approve-nuclear-support

Temelin-1 and -2 are among Europe’s newest reactor units The Temelin nuclear power station in the south of the Czech Republic has two Russia-designed VVER-1000 PWRs in commercial operation since the early 2000s. Image courtesy ČEZ. US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a contract with Czech nuclear operator ČEZ to upgrade the instrumentation and control (I&C) systems at the two-unit Temelin nuclear power station.

Westinghouse said in a statement that the contract will cover a project with a nine-year timeframe, but did not disclose the value of the contract.

The company said it will be the largest commercial agreement signed for I&C since the equipment was originally installed at Temelin in 2000 by Westinghouse.

Date: Thursday, 16 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/westinghouse-awarded-i-and-c-contract-at-czech-nuclear-station-9-3-2021

Westinghouse of the USA and Czech utility ČEZ yesterday signed a nine-year project agreement to upgrade the instrumentation and control (I&C) systems at the Temelin nuclear power plant. As the original supplier, Westinghouse will partially renew and upgrade selected control and management systems. The value of the contract was not disclosed.

Date: Wednesday, 15 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Westinghouse-to-upgrade-Temelin-I-C-systems

Nuclear is already set to become the largest source of energy in the Czech Republic, but accelerating new build and broadening its use to provide more heat would help hasten the phaseout of coal, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Phasing out coal is "a key challenge" for the Czech Republic, the IEA said in a policy review published today. Despite a 36% decrease since 2009, coal still accounts for half of total domestic energy production and it is not expected to be phased out completely until 2038, it said.

Date: Tuesday, 14 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Boost-nuclear-to-cut-coal-faster,-Czech-Republic-t

The Czech Republic's nuclear sector could deliver up to 75% of the work to construct new reactors at Dukovany and boost GDP by 0.9% during the peak of construction, a government report has concluded. Accordingly, it should be supported and enabled to win more export work, the report said.

Date: Friday, 27 August 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Czech-Republic-weighs-strategic-value-of-nuclear-s

European unions on 27 July reiterated calls for the European Commission (EC) to include nuclear power in its green goals. In a joint letter to EC President Ursula von der Leyen, 18 trade unions in the energy sector from 10 countries said nuclear energy must be included in a delegated act of the European taxonomy. The unions - from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Romania, Sweden, Slovak Republic and Slovenia - called for "a dialogue with the purpose of nuclear energy to play its full potential and build an economically efficient and socially just carbon-free Europe by 2050".

Date: Friday, 30 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newseuropean-unions-call-again-for-nuclear-to-be-part-of-the-eu-taxonomy-8946044

Nuclear energy must be included in a delegated act of the European taxonomy, 18 trade unions in the energy sector from 10 European Union countries have told Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission (EC). In a joint letter, the unions called for "a dialogue with the purpose of nuclear energy to play its full potential and build an economically efficient and socially just carbon-free Europe by 2050".

Date: Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Unions-repeat-call-for-nuclear-s-inclusion-in-EU-t

Researchers at the Czech Technical University in Prague and the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen have devised an innovative solution that uses the radioactive decay heat produced by used fuel rods to heat water. The team, led by professor Radek Skoda, has already patented this technology, named the Teplator. Skoda told Germany’s Deutsche Welle on 7 April that the Teplator’s dimensions are similar to those of research reactors already operating in Europe. However, it is simpler in terms of technology and design and “only” generates heat and not power.

Date: Tuesday, 20 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsczech-researchers-propose-used-fuel-as-a-source-for-district-heating-8681385

Rosatom’s participation in proposals for new reactor seems ‘unlikely’

The Dukovany nuclear power station in the Czech Republic. Photo courtesy ČEZ. The Czech Republic’s security row with Russia could influence a decision on whether Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom is invited to join a $7bn tender for a new nuclear power plant at the Dukovany nuclear station, industry minister Karel Havlicek said.

The Czech Republic is expelling 18 Russian diplomats over suspicions that Russian intelligence services were involved in an ammunition depot explosion in 2014.

The expulsions come as the country looks to start a tender for the construction of a nuclear plant at state utility ČEZ’s Dukovany nuclear station.

“These events of course can affect Dukovany tender,” Mr Havlicek said. “It is very serious news, any such act, should it be confirmed, must clearly have consequences.”

Russia’s state news agency Tass quoted Mr Havlicek as saying Rosatom’s participation in the tender seems “unlikely”.

Date: Tuesday, 20 April 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/russia-row-could-influence-decision-on-usd7-billion-nuclear-tender-says-minister-4-1-2021

The post-COVID economic recovery and the clean energy transition present a huge opportunity from which all nations can benefit, delegates at the IEA-COP26 Net Zero Summit agreed. Over 40 countries, covering more than 80% of global GDP, population and carbon emissions, took part in the event on 31 March to identify how to work together to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. They included the USA, which re-joined the 2015 climate accord earlier this year.

Date: Wednesday, 07 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ministers-chart-the-path-to-COP26