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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
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnea-launches-second-edition-of-its-small-modular-reactor-dashboard-11561305

Canadian firm Prodigy Clean Energy and US-based Westinghouse are designing a transportable NPP (TNPP) featuring a Westinghouse eVinci microreactor with the aim of launching the first project in Canada by 2030. The TNPP will comprise 5 MWe eVinci microreactors installed on a floating Prodigy Microreactor Power Station. According to a Westinghouse blog, the TNPP would be pre-fabricated and transported to site to supply power and heat to “remote industrial sites, data centres, communities, defence installations, and to islands and island nations”.

Date: Friday, 26 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsprodigy-and-westinghouse-to-develop-floating-npp-11463584

US-based NuScale is laying off 28% of its workforce in a decision taken at a virtual all-hands meeting. A NuScale statment confirmed the details of the layoffs. NuScale’s stock price subsequently fell by more than 8% as investors sold off shares.

Date: Wednesday, 10 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuscale-lays-off-almost-half-its-workforce-11422870

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
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgrowing-uncertainty-in-us-regarding-economics-of-new-nuclear-11347683