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The UK Space Agency and the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) are to collaborate on the world's first space battery powered by americium-241. The isotope will be extracted from used nuclear fuel stored at the Sellafield site in Cumbria.

Date: Tuesday, 13 December 2022
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The UK Department of Energy & Climate Change has a problem with the world’s largest stocks of reactor-grade plutonium. The international association Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy view this as a one-time opportunity to benefit several advanced nuclear energy developments, none of which are acknowledged by DECC. By Brendan McNamara

Weak, short distance radiation makes it warm; so it is safe to hold but not to swallow. UK reactor grade plutonium is unsuitable for making weapons. And small-scale uses of UK plutonium could never go critical

Date: Friday, 27 May 2011
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Fifty years ago, on 14 November 1959, the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) first went critical. Three years later it became the first fast reactor in the world to supply power to the grid. The future of the iconic white ‘dome’, currently being decommissioned, will be determined by the mid-2010.

Date: Tuesday, 10 November 2009
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Costain has been awarded a £297 million contract by Sellafield Ltd for full engineering, procurement, construction and inactive commissioning of the Evaporator D project, one of the largest nuclear projects in the UK.

Date: Monday, 13 July 2009
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