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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Nuclear Energy said on 29 July that the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation (AMS) had recently completed testing of sensors for small light-water reactor systems. The performance data will be shared with US nuclear companies to improve sensor instrumentation for advanced light-water small modular reactors (SMRs). The data could also be leveraged to support other advanced reactor types cooled by gas, liquid metal or molten salt.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-gain-programme-supports-sensors-for-smrs-and-fuel-development-8919285

A Framatome employee inspects an advanced nuclear fuel assembly Courtesy Framatome. French nuclear company Framatome says it has achieved a significant milestone towards implementing nuclear fuel at higher enrichments and burnups after a key report was accepted for review by the US nuclear regulator.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission accepted for review a topical report to apply the company’s suite of advanced codes and methods to operating conditions with uranium-235 enrichments above the industry standard of five weight percent.

Framatome said the report’s submittal is a critical step towards introducing advanced products with increased enrichments and burnups, which improve fuel use to nuclear plant operators and safety and plant economics.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-nrc-accepts-key-topical-report-on-nuclear-fuel-for-review-7-4-2021

A computer-generated image of a NuScale SMR nuclear power plant. Courtesy NuScale. US-based nuclear technology developer NuScale Power announced on Thursday that South Korea’s Samsung C&T Corporation has committed to make an equity investment in NuScale to support deployment of its small modular reactor.

Samsung C&T and NuScale’s lead engineering, construction and procurement partner, Fluor Corporation, are also developing a business collaboration agreement to expand capabilities for future deployment of NuScale projects.

Under its agreements with NuScale and Fluor, Samsung C&T will draw upon its nuclear construction experience with the Barakah nuclear station in the United Arab Emirates and the Uljin station in South Korea, where it worked on Units 5 and 6, to serve as a partner to Fluor and other potential project participants.

John Hopkins, NuScale Power chairman and chief executive officer, said Samsung C&T’s expertise and investment in NuScale will be invaluable “as we seek to bring this revolutionary clean energy technology to market”.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuscale-secures-investment-and-support-for-smr-project-from-south-korea-s-samsung-c-and-t-7-4-2021

The deployment of microreactors in the short-to-medium term could support energy markets not available to large nuclear plants, but some significant challenges must be overcome for them to capture new market shares. In the longer term, they will be able to contribute to decarbonisation efforts. These are amongst the findings of a recently published technical report from the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Idaho National Laboratory.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-study-sees-future-markets-for-microreactors

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted for review a topical report to apply Framatome's suite of Advanced Codes and Methods to operating conditions with uranium-235 enrichments above the industry standard of 5 weight percent. The report is a critical step towards implementing nuclear fuel at higher enrichments and burnups, the company said.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Framatome-advanced-fuel-technology-reaches-regulat

Carbon dioxide emissions from the USA's 100 largest power producers fell 10% between 2019 and 2020, according to the latest in a series of benchmarking studies dating back to 1997. Nuclear accounted for over half of the zero-carbon resources which together generated about 38% of US electricity in 2020.

Date: Thursday, 22 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-benchmarking-study-reflects-decarbonisation-eff

US companies Bechtel and Westinghouse Electric Company on 15 July announced that they had formed a team to pursue new nuclear power plant projects in Poland. "Nuclear power holds great promise as a clean and reliable supply of energy for Poland," said Barbara Rusinko, president of Bechtel's Nuclear, Security & Environmental global business unit. "Poland is taking steps to transition to a clean energy economy while retaining its energy independence and security. The Westinghouse-Bechtel team offers proven technology and hands-on experience in nuclear project delivery and is ready to immediately support Poland's transformative vision."

Date: Wednesday, 21 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-companies-eye-polish-npp-market-8910613

US-based Oklo on 14 July announced a 20-year commercial partnership with Compass Mining, the world's first online marketplace for Bitcoin mining hardware and hosting. With increasing power consumption from bitcoin mining, the partnership between Oklo and Compass aims to introduce advanced fission to supplement fossil fuels and promote diversity and sustainability in the energy sources used by miners. Oklo’s advanced fission powerhouses will provide baseload power for Compass’s Bitcoin mining machines, starting in the early 2020s. Oklo is committed to supplying at least 150 MWe to Compass in the first phase of this partnership, helping drive the sustainability of Bitcoin mining practices.

Date: Wednesday, 21 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstwo-us-companies-seek-to-use-nuclear-for-bitcoin-mining-8912205

A computer-generated image of a NuScale SMR nuclear power plant. Courtesy NuScale. South Korea’s Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction has signed an agreement with US-based NuScale Power to invest an additional $60m to continue to support deployment of NuScale’s small modular reactor.

The investment follows a $44m investment in NuScale Power in 2019, for a total investment of $104m.

The two companies have also agreed to expand cooperation to hydrogen production and desalination using SMRs.

The first project in which Doosan and NuScale Power will cooperate is expected to be the development and construction of NuScale SMRs at the Department of Energy’s 2,300 sq km site in eastern Idaho that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.

Date: Wednesday, 21 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/south-korea-s-doosan-announces-additional-usd60m-investment-in-nuscale-power-7-2-2021

South Korea's Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (DHIC) has agreed to make an additional USD60 million investment in NuScale Power to continue to support deployment of its small modular reactor (SMR). Including the latest investment, DHIC and its financial investors have invested more than USD100 million in NuScale. DHIC and NuScale have also agreed to expand cooperation to the field of hydrogen production and desalination using SMRs.

Date: Wednesday, 21 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Doosan-makes-additional-investment-in-NuScale