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The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has published the second edition of its Small Modular Reactor Dashboard which tracks the progress of selected small modular reactor (SMR) designs towards deployment. NEA says the SMR designs are at various stages of development, from fundamental research on new concepts to commercial deployment and operation of mature designs.

Date: Saturday, 02 March 2024
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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has received a shipment of used next-generation light water reactor LWR) fuel from a commercial NPP to support research and testing for the first time in two decades. INL said it had received 25 experimental fuel rods irradiated in the reactor core of a commercial reactor. The fuel rods were developed and manufactured by Westinghouse Electric Company with technical assistance from several US national laboratories, including INL.

Date: Wednesday, 31 January 2024
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The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for uranium enrichment services to help establish a reliable domestic supply of fuels using high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU). Currently, HALEU is not commercially available from US-based suppliers, and boosting domestic supply is seen as vital for the development and deployment of advanced reactors in the US.

Date: Friday, 12 January 2024
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A recent statement from Fitch Ratings casts doubt on any new nuclear construction in the US in the immediate future. Similar concerns were voiced during discussions at a full committee hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources to Examine Opportunities and Challenges Associated with Advanced Nuclear Reactor Commercialisation.

Date: Wednesday, 06 December 2023
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The US and Japan are undertaking a joint project to perform transient tests on fast reactor fuels. The experiments are part of a four-year cost-shared facility sharing initiative between the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) under the Civil Nuclear Energy Research and Development Working Group. The experiments will use a device developed by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) that can test advanced reactor fuel experiments in its Transient Reactor Test (TREAT) Facility.

Date: Thursday, 19 January 2023
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A research programme into the safety of fast reactor fuel that has been suspended since the 1990s will resume with tests due to begin at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) next month.

Date: Wednesday, 18 January 2023
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on 5 May that, to speed up greening of the emerging hydrogen economy, it had launched an initiative to develop a roadmap for the commercial deployment of hydrogen production using nuclear energy. The initiative brings together decision makers, designers, project managers and operators to share the latest advances in national strategies and technologies and to identify technical readiness for different technologies of hydrogen production using nuclear energy. The initiative will culminate in a roadmap guiding document, to provide countries with a tool for evaluating, planning and strategising the development of nuclear hydrogen projects.

Date: Wednesday, 11 May 2022
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NuScale Power has completed its merger with Spring Valley Acquisition Corp to create the world's first and only publicly traded small modular reactor (SMR) technology provider. The merged company will use the proceeds from the transaction to accelerate the commercialisation of NuScale's SMR technology.

Date: Wednesday, 04 May 2022
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The national laboratories from the UK, USA, France, Canada and Japan have held a summit at which they agreed to collaborate on research and innovation to get to a net zero energy economy.

Date: Saturday, 05 February 2022
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