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The continued operation of Dominion's Millstone nuclear power plant beyond 2029 is a critical factor in how much more and how quickly Connecticut needs to procure new clean energy additions, the state's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has told policymakers in the state's newly released 2020 Integrated Resources Plan (IRP).

Date: Wednesday, 13 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Millstone-operation-is-critical-factor-for-Connect

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $20 million in funding to demonstrate technology that will produce clean hydrogen energy from nuclear power.

Date: Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-announces-funds-for-nuclear-hydrogen-9145635

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) said on 5 October that it had achieved a breakthrough in hydrogen storage technology using a new magnesium alloy.  Storage of hydrogen as a gas typically requires high-pressure tanks (35-70 MPa tank pressure). Storage of hydrogen as a liquid requires cryogenic temperatures because the boiling point of hydrogen at one atmosphere pressure is −252.8°C. Neither of these options are ideal for widespread use, CNL noted.

Date: Friday, 08 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscnl-reports-breakthrough-in-hydrogen-storage-9138570

US-based Clean Core Thorium Energy said the first fuel pellets of its proprietary thorium-based nuclear fuel called Advanced Nuclear Energy for Enriched Life (ANEEL) have been manufactured by Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s Nuclear Engineering and Science Center in partnership with the US Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL). 

Date: Thursday, 07 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfirst-aneel-thorium-based-advanced-nuclear-fuel-pellets-manufactured-9134786

US company Kairos Power has submitted the preliminary safety analysis report (PSAR) for its fluoride salt-cooled, high-temperature reactor (KP-FHR) to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as part of its application for a construction permit for the Hermes low-power demonstration reactor, which is to be built in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Date: Wednesday, 06 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kairos-submits-PSAR-for-Oak-Ridge-demonstration-re

The US Department of Defense’s Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) has released a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for building and demonstrating a mobile microreactor.

Date: Tuesday, 05 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-defense-department-looks-to-micro-reactors-9128566

Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) told the US-sponsored Partnership for Transatlantic Energy and Climate Cooperation’s (P-TECC’s) third ministerial conference in Warsaw, that nuclear power is important to support an emerging new global clean energy economy. However, global reactor capacity would need to increase threefold by 2050 to meet global net-zero emission targets.

Date: Tuesday, 05 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-head-tells-us-sponsored-conference-that-nuclear-is-important-for-climate-mitigation-9128635

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) said NuScale Power had recently installed a new simulation laboratory at the Centre for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Date: Friday, 01 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuscale-smr-simulation-lab-opens-in-idaho-9120824

Congress needs to take action to break the impasse over a permanent solution for commercial used nuclear fuel, according to a report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report identifies four matters for congressional consideration - including amending legislation to authorise a new consent-based siting process and restructuring the Nuclear Waste Fund - and recommends that the Department of Energy (DOE) finalise its consent-based siting process.

Date: Tuesday, 28 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GAO-calls-on-Congress-to-break-used-fuel-disposal

Westinghouse Electric Company and Ukrainian company NT-Engineering LLC have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) to implement maintenance optimisation and system repair projects for VVER reactors. They said the work will increase the safety levels and performance of Ukrainian VVERs, improving annual power output and reducing operational costs.

Date: Friday, 24 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Companies-sign-agreement-to-increase-Ukrainian-pow