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US-based Jacobs announced it has been selected to support development of Moltex Energy's Stable Salt Reactor (SSR). Jacobs will build a bespoke experimental facility for thermal transfer testing at its Birchwood Park research and development facility in the UK.

Date: Friday, 07 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsjacobs-to-support-development-of-moltex-energy-stable-salt-reactor-8065498

An impression of a Moltex stable salt reactor nuclear plant. Photo courtesy Moltex/Jacobs. US-based Jacobs was selected by Moltex Energy to support their development of a new type of nuclear power plant – the stable salt reactor (SSR).

Jacobs said it will build a bespoke experimental facility for thermal transfer testing at its Birchwood Park research and development facility in the UK.

Based on breakthrough science, Moltex Energy’s SSR is designed to generate low-cost electricity by burning processed spent fuel pellets which would otherwise have to be stored as radioactive waste.

To assist with validation of thermal transfer modelling, Jacobs’ chemistry, materials, engineering, instrumentation and modelling teams will collaborate to create a technically complex simulation to replicate the heat output of a fuel channel and to validate computational fluid dynamics modelling of the thermal transfer across the fuel assemblies into the coolant.

Date: Friday, 07 August 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/jacobs-to-support-development-of-moltex-s-stable-salt-plant-8-4-2020

USA-based Jacobs Engineering Group has been selected by Moltex Energy to support its development of the Stable Salt Reactor (SSR), a 300 MWe small modular reactor design. Jacobs will build a bespoke experimental facility for thermal transfer testing at its Birchwood Park research and development facility near Warrington, UK.

Date: Friday, 07 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Jacobs-to-assist-Moltex-in-development-of-SSR

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on 30 July launched the Perseverance Mars from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The rover is expected to land on Mars in February 2021. It will be powered by a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) developed at the Department of Energy's (DOE’s) Idaho National Laboratory (INL). NASA said the rover, was powered by the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 541 rocket. ULA is the only space launch provider certified to handle Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs), according to ULA president and CEO, Tory Bruno. NASA certifies the rocket, but NASA and DOE together certify the provider to carry a nuclear payload, he explained.

Date: Tuesday, 04 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnasas-new-mars-rover-powered-by-rtgs-8059097

Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA), the managing and operating contractor for the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is seeking information from leaders in the nuclear and space industries to develop innovative technologies for a fission surface power (FSP) system that can be operated on the moon, INL said on 24 July. Responses are sought by 8 September, after which, INL will issue a request for proposal.

Date: Saturday, 01 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-to-develop-a-reactor-for-use-in-space-8055773

The US Senate has passed the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA) after it was included as an amendment to the FY2021 National Defense Appropriation Act (NDAA). The NELA legislation seeks to restore US leadership in nuclear power with an emphasis on demonstrating advanced reactors. NELA directs the Department of Energy to create a strategic vision for developing next-generation nuclear and authorises demonstration of two designs by 2025 and two to five additional designs by 2035.

Date: Saturday, 01 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-senate-adopts-nuclear-energy-leadership-legislation-8055797

The US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has announced a change to its Environmental and Social Policy and Procedures (ESPP) to enable support for nuclear power projects and align the definition of renewable energy with the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA’s) definition.

Date: Tuesday, 28 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-removes-restrictions-on-nuclear-financing-8044919

DFC says move will help make US technology available to developing countries US energy secretary Dan Brouillette . Courtesy DOE. The US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) officially announced it will lift its legacy prohibition on funding nuclear energy projects, recognising the vast energy needs of developing countries and the potential of new and advanced technologies such as small modular reactors and microreactors in these markets.

The DFC, a federal agency, said in a statement that modernising DFC’s nuclear energy policy will help deliver a zero-emission, reliable, and secure power source to developing countries in order to promote economic growth and affordable energy access in underserved communities.

“This change will also offer an alternative to the financing of authoritarian regimes while advancing US nonproliferation safeguards and supporting U.S. nuclear competitiveness,” the statement said.

The DFC had been restricted from nuclear power plant financing under its environment and social policy statement, which included specific restrictions on nuclear power. It prohibited support for trade in radioactive materials, “including nuclear reactors and components thereof”.

Date: Tuesday, 28 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/finance-agency-lifts-ban-on-funding-of-nuclear-energy-projects-7-1-2020

The US Senate has passed the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA) after it was included as an amendment to an act authorising defence appropriations and policies for fiscal 2021. NELA aims to re-establish US leadership in nuclear energy, with a focus on the demonstration of advanced reactors.

Date: Tuesday, 28 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-Senate-passes-Nuclear-Energy-Leadership-Act

Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (BEA), the managing and operating contractor for the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory, has issued a request for information (RFI) on a fission surface power (FSP) system that can be operated on the Moon.

Date: Tuesday, 28 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/INL-seeks-industry-partners-for-lunar-nuclear-powe