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US-based Westinghouse Electric Company said on 20 January that its Advanced Doped Pellet Technology (ADOPT™) doped pellets “are one step closer to US commercialisation” after deliveries to more than 25 regions across Europe.

Date: Tuesday, 26 January 2021
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A mockup of the Holtec SMR-160, one of the designs to receive $30m in initial funding for risk reduction projects. Courtesy Holtec. The US Department of Energy has chosen five nuclear technology companies to receive $30m each in initial funding for risk reduction projects under its advanced reactor demonstration programme (ARDP).

The recipients are: Kairos Power’s Hermes Reduced-Scale Test Reactor; Westinghouse Electric Company’s eVinci microreactor; BWXT Advanced Technologies’ BWXT Advanced Nuclear Reactor; Holtec’s SMR-160 Reactor; and Southern Company Services, Inc’s Southern Molten Chloride Reactor Experiment.

The $30m is cost-shared and companies were chosen through a funding opportunity announcement issued in May 2020.

The ARDP is designed to help domestic private industry demonstrate advanced nuclear reactors in the US. The goal of the risk reduction programme is to design and develop reactor technologies that can be licensed and deployed over the next 10 to 14 years.

Date: Friday, 18 December 2020
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The Doel nuclear power station in Belgium. Westinghouse Electric Company of the US and Spain-based Enusa Industrias Avanzadas announced the installation of EnCore fuel at Engie Electrabel’s Doel-4 nuclear power plant in Belgium.

Westinghouse said this installation marks the first insertion of EnCore Fuel rod assemblies in Europe, and the second insertion into a commercial nuclear power plant worldwide.

“The insertion of EnCore Fuel at the Doel plant is a significant milestone for our accident tolerant fuel prograemme,” said Tarik Choho, Westinghouse president of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) operating plant services. “This installation is part of the successful deployment of EnCore Fuel to the global nuclear energy industry.”

The lead test assemblies (LTAs) were manufactured and delivered under an agreement between Westinghouse and Enusa, which was signed in 2018 to allow for collaboration on the advancement of the EnCore Fuel programme at Westinghouse.

Date: Friday, 11 September 2020
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Lead test assemblies of EnCore accident tolerant fuel (ATF) have been installed in Engie Electrabel's Doel unit 4 in Belgium, Westinghouse Electric Company and ENUSA Industrias Avanzadas (ENUSA) have announced. Doel 4 is the second commercial nuclear power plant in the world, and the first in Europe, into which EnCore assemblies have been installed.

Date: Thursday, 10 September 2020
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US-based Westinghouse Electric Company and Exelon Generation Company have completed a first-of-a-kind installation of EnCore Fuel, Westinghouse's accident-tolerant fuel solution, at Byron 2 in the USA.

Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2019
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US-based Westinghouse Electric Company announced on 18 January that it had been awarded $93.6 million of funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) in support of its EnCore accident-tolerant fuel programme.

Date: Thursday, 24 January 2019
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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) announced on 20 December that it is collaborating with industry on six new projects focused on advancing commercial nuclear energy technologies that offer potential improvements to current reactors and move new reactor designs closer to deployment.

Date: Wednesday, 02 January 2019
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The US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has announced six new collaborations with industry on projects to advance commercial nuclear energy technologies. Meanwhile, the DOE has announced separate funding solicitations for USD14 million for research into fusion energy and USD18 million for transformative energy technologies.

Date: Friday, 21 December 2018
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US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry on 27 April announced $60m in support of advanced nuclear technology development for 13 projects. These selections were the first under Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Nuclear Energy’s US Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development funding opportunity announcement (FOA), and they will be reviewed quarterly over the next five years. DOE intends to apply up to $40m of additional FY 2018 funding to the subsequent two quarterly award cycles for innovative proposals under this FOA.  

Date: Wednesday, 02 May 2018
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US utility Georgia Power said in a statement on 21 December that the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) had voted unanimously to allow construction to continue of units 3&4 at the Vogtle nuclear plant after “months of review and evaluation”.

Date: Thursday, 28 December 2017
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