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Orano has completed construction of a new laboratory for the production of stable isotopes at its Tricastin site. The French nuclear fuel cycle company said the laboratory - the first one of its kind in France - will begin operations in the second half of 2023.

Date: Wednesday, 13 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Orano-completes-new-stable-isotopes-laboratory

Rosatom said on 8 September that it had taken part in the first pilot research exercises run by the Russian Ministry for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (Emercom). During the  “Safe Arctic” exercises, Rosatom demonstrated operation of a mobile laser complex (MLC) for elimination of accident consequences/ the MLC was designed by the Troitsk Institute of Innovative and Thermonuclear Research (Triniti - part of Rosatom’s scientific division, JSC Science and Innovations).

Date: Friday, 10 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-mobile-laser-tested-for-arctic-accident-and-emergency-use-9067909

A mobile laser system developed by a research subsidiary of Russia's Rosatom has been used to remotely cut large metal plant components during a non-nuclear decommissioning process. The laser "can be used to cut metal structures up to 250mm thick, both on land and under water, in the temperature range from -50 to 40 degrees Celsius," said Azamat Bedanokov, deputy director general of the developers, the State Research Centre of the Russian Federation Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Thermonuclear Research (JSC SSC RF Triniti).

Date: Tuesday, 24 August 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Remote-laser-cutting-demonstrated

An experiment at the US Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL’s) National Ignition Facility (NIF) has taken a significant step toward ignition, achieving a yield of more than 1.3 megajoules (MJ). NIF said on 8 August. This advancement puts researchers at the threshold of fusion ignition, an important goal of NIF, leading the way to a new experimental regime. The experiment was enabled by focusing laser light from NIF — the size of three football fields — onto a target to produce a hot-spot the diameter of a human hair, generating more than 10 quadrillion watts of fusion power for 100 trillionths of a second.

Date: Friday, 20 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-national-ignition-facility-makes-progress-towards-fusion-ignition-9012356

The USA's National Ignition Facility has achieved a record fusion yield that it says puts it "at the threshold of fusion ignition". The record laser shot produced 25 times more than the facility's next best experiment.

Date: Thursday, 19 August 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Laser-fusion-approaches-the-milestone-of-ignition

The governments of Australia and the UK have signed a letter of intent (LoI) to establish a partnership on low emissions solutions including clean hydrogen and small modular reactors (SMRs). Meanwhile, the Australian Research Council (ARC) has awarded funding to a newly launched project to develop fuel for hydrogen-boron fusion which its participants say has the potential to re-establish Australia as a leader in fusion research and clean energy technology.

Date: Friday, 13 August 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Australian-researchers-step-into-new-nuclear-techn

The development of remote monitoring tools is part of Rosatom’s Unified Digital Strategy, and the operators for implementation of these innovative systems on projects in the nuclear industry are ASE and Rosatom's OCKS. In December 2020, the final results were submitted following implementation of a pilot project for remote monitoring at the construction site of the Rooppur NPP in Bangladesh using digital and unmanned technologies. The pilot project, approved by Likhachev, sought to test remote monitoring technologies to obtain reliable and timely information on the progress of the construction project to assess completeness and quality, and to aid in making management decisions.

Date: Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatom-tests-different-methods-of-remote-monitoring-to-improve-npp-construction-8936738

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on 10 April unveiled 133 new nuclear achievements in the provinces of Tehran, Markazi, Isfahan, Alborz and Qom to mark the 15th anniversary of the National Nuclear Technology Day. In a ceremony held via videoconference he gave the order for Iranian scientists to begin injecting uranium hexafluoride gas to a pilot cascade of 164 new generation IR6 centrifuges at the Natanz enrichment facility. He also announced that Iran has started mechanical testing of IR-9 centrifuges and launched an assembly line for their production.  

Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-unveils-nuclear-achievements-as-talks-continue-in-vienna-8663463

Russia’s St Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) on 16 February signed a roadmap for the development of cooperation between Rosatom’s fuel company TVEL and the Competence Centre of the National Technological Initiative (NTI) SPbPU New Production Technologies. The document was signed by the President of TVEL Natalya Nikipelova and SPbPU Rector Andrey Rudskoy.

Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussias-tvel-and-st-petersburg-polytechnic-to-develop-digital-engineering-technologies-8542503

Australian fusion energy start-up HB11 Energy Holdings said on 19 February that it had closed its oversubscribed pre-seed fundraise at AUD4.6 million ($3.6m) and started its experimental programme, after opening the round in April 2020.

Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsaustralian-fusion-energy-start-to-begin-experimental-programme-8542552