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The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) and South Korean electronic component manufacturing firm LG Innotek have agreed to cooperate in the development of thermoelectric technology for nuclear batteries used in the space and defence sectors.

Date: Tuesday, 09 July 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/KAERI,-LG-Innotek-to-cooperate-on-nuclear-batterie

Gallium nitride semiconductors can successfully withstand the harsh environment near a nuclear reactor core, researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have found. The discovery could enable electronic components to be placed closer to sensors in an operating reactor leading to more precise and accurate measurements with safety and operational benefits.

Date: Friday, 05 July 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Novel-transistor-material-shows-nuclear-potential

California-based Infinity Power says it has successfully developed a very powerful and long-lasting nuclear battery that uses electrochemical energy conversion.

Date: Thursday, 13 June 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-company-claims-nuclear-battery-breakthrough

France's Framatome and Germany's Technical University of Munich (TUM) have agreed to establish the industrialisation process for the manufacture of monolithic molybdenum-uranium (U-Mo) fuel for the university's FRM II research reactor. Framatome noted this low-enriched fuel will benefit from the highest uranium fuel density ever realised in Europe for research reactor operations.

Date: Saturday, 20 April 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Production-to-begin-of-innovative-fuel-for-German

The Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has closed its Open Pool Australian Lightwater (OPAL) reactor at the Lucas Heights nuclear medicine precinct to undergo necessary upgrades and maintenance. OPAL is a state-of-the-art 20 MWt multi-purpose reactor that uses low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel. The $300m OPAL reactor, supplied by Argentina’s INVAP, was opened in 2007 with an estimated design life of 60 years.

Date: Thursday, 18 April 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsanstos-opal-reactor-closed-for-upgrades-11688878

US-based Longview Fusion Energy Systems has contracted Fluor to design “the world's first commercial laser fusion power plant. This is based on breakthroughs in fusion energy gain at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL’s) National Ignition Facility (NIF). Longview is the only fusion energy company using this approach.

Date: Wednesday, 13 March 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newslongview-fusion-selects-fluor-to-design-laser-fusion-plant-11594517

California-based Longview Fusion Energy Systems has contracted US engineering and construction firm Fluor Corporation to design the world's first commercial laser fusion power plant.

Date: Tuesday, 12 March 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Fluor-to-design-laser-fusion-power-plant

Beijing-based Betavolt New Energy Technology has developed a 3V nuclear battery that uses radioactive nickel-63 as the energy source and a diamond semiconductor as the energy converter. Betavolt says atomic are a direct current power source, and can produce pulse power with a higher life by adding supercapacitors as energy storage devices.

Date: Wednesday, 17 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschinas-betavolt-develops-50-year-nuclear-battery-11439320

Beijing Betavolt New Energy Technology Company Ltd claims to have developed a miniature atomic energy battery that can generate electricity stably and autonomously for 50 years without the need for charging or maintenance. It said the battery is currently in the pilot stage and will be put into mass production on the market.

Date: Wednesday, 17 January 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-battery-Chinese-firm-aiming-for-mass-mark

US-based laser enrichment technology developer LIS Technologies has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Curio Legacy Ventures (CLV), a subsidiary of Curio Solutions, to explore possible applications of LIS technology for efficient recovery of usable uranium isotopes from commercial used fuel.

Date: Thursday, 14 December 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newslis-technologies-and-curio-to-co-operate-on-laser-reprocessing-11369723