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Given the scale and urgency of the required clean transition combined with the growth of the global energy system, all zero-carbon hydrogen production options must be pursued, energy research and consultancy firm LucidCatalyst stresses in its latest report. The report, Missing Link to a Livable Climate, describes how to decarbonise "a substantial portion" of the global energy system, for which there is currently "no viable alternative", and presents the six actions that are needed.

Date: Thursday, 25 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Advanced-heat-sources-are-key-to-decarbonisation,

The simultaneous use of diverse energy generators including nuclear to provide power, heat, mobility and other energy services could lead to paradigm shifts in clean energy production, according to an academic paper recently published by researchers from the US Department of Energy's applied energy laboratories. Meanwhile, US-based NuScale Power has evaluated the boost in clean hydrogen production that will result from a 25% increase in power output from its small modular reactor.

Date: Saturday, 12 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Hybrid-systems-could-lead-to-clean-energy-paradigm

The future of nuclear power in China is promising, Zheng Mingguang, Chief Engineer at China's State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) told World Nuclear Association's Strategic eForum 2020 yesterday. He believes both the use of large and small-scale reactors will find applications in China beyond just electricity generation.

Date: Saturday, 12 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/China-readying-for-nuclear-expansion-says-Zheng

Expansion of the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator fusion device at Germany's Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald is entering a new stage with the final delivery of components for the divertor.

Date: Friday, 20 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsexpansion-of-the-wendelstein-7-x-stellarator-underway-7830324

The upgrade of the world's largest stellarator-type fusion device - Germany's Wendelstein 7-X - is set to enter a new stage with the final delivery of components for the so-called divertor. Preparations for installation of the water-cooled inner cladding components have been completed, with installation work expected to continue well into next year.

Date: Wednesday, 18 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Upgrade-of-Wendelstein-7-X-continues

Scientists at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) on 25 June reported a new record performance at the Wendelstein 7-X stellerator, which began operation in 2015. Earlier experiments saw the plasma in the reactor achieve higher temperatures and densities than ever before, and now the records have been broken again in a new test with upgraded components. Like the tokamak, the stellarator uses large superconducting magnets to suspend hydrogen plasma and heat it to the temperatures and pressures needed to fuse hydrogen into helium. The Wendelstein 7-X has 50 superconducting magnet coils some 3.5 metres high. However, while the tokamak confines plasma in a doughnut shaped torus, the stellarator traps the plasma in a twisting spiral shape, which is designed to cancel out instabilities in the suspended plasma.

Date: Thursday, 28 June 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnew-record-results-for-german-stellerator-6224550

China's ACP100 Generation-III demonstration small modular reactor (SMR) has passed a final safety review by the International Atomic Energy Agency, designer and manufacturer China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said. The ACP100 is the first domestically developed SMR to be reviewed by the IAEA and is the first to have passed a safety review by the agency, a statement said. CNNC said the successful review will help accelerate the ACP100 demonstration project and also prove the technology's worth for the international market.

Date: Wednesday, 04 May 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschinas-acp100-passes-iaea-safety-review-4883437

The Australian government's long-term plan for energy generation could include a role for nuclear power and renewables, in addition to coal and gas, according to preliminary consultation documents.

Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsaustralia-may-reconsider-nuclear-power-in-the-long-term-4383574