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Scientists from Russia’s National Research Technological University "MISiS" have developed a prototype of a nuclear battery, which is significantly cheaper than analogues, the corporate newspaper of the State Corporation Rosatom said on 14 October.

Date: Friday, 16 October 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-scientists-develop-atomic-battery-8182084

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

Idaho National Laboratory has awarded BWX Technologies Inc a USD26 million, 20-month contract to expand and upgrade its manufacturing line for TRISO nuclear fuel. The award, to BWXT Nuclear Operations Group, Inc, (BWXT NOG), will expand its capacity for the manufacture of TRISO fuel compacts and also upgrade existing systems for delivering production-scale quantities of the fuel, BWXT said.

Date: Friday, 03 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/BWXT-wins-contract-to-expand-TRISO-production

Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are refining their design of a 3D-printed nuclear reactor core, scaling up the additive manufacturing process necessary to build it, and developing methods to confirm the consistency and reliability of its printed components.

Date: Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/ORNL-developing-3D-printed-nuclear-microreactor

Restart activities at BWX Technologies Inc's (BWXT) TRISO fuel manufacturing facility in Lynchburg, Virginia are progressing ahead of schedule, the company said yesterday. It has completed the demonstration of the fuel kernel sintering process and plans to bring two additional furnaces online to meet projected production demand before restart activities are complete.

Date: Thursday, 23 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kernel-formation-marks-progress-towards-TRISO-rest

BWXT Nuclear Operations Group, Inc (NOG) has been awarded a contract from the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to manufacture TRISO nuclear fuel to support the continued development of the Transformational Challenge Reactor (TCR). The TCR project aims to build an additively manufactured microreactor, with a demonstration unit planned to be operational by 2023.

Date: Friday, 13 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/BWXT-to-produce-TRISO-fuel-for-3D-printed-reactor

Scientists at Russia’s AA Bochvar Research Institute of Inorganic Materials (VNIINM) have deigned methods for manufacturing fuel for high-temperature gas-cooled reactors.

Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussias-vniinm-works-on-triso-fuel-for-htgrs-7815472

Framatome is partnering with General Atomics to study the use of silicon carbide in boiling water reactor channel boxes.

Date: Saturday, 22 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsframatome-and-general-atomics-join-forces-on-bwr-fuel-development-7784768