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Scientists from Russia’s National Research Technological University "MISiS" have developed a prototype of a nuclear battery, which is significantly cheaper than analogues, the corporate newspaper of the State Corporation Rosatom said on 14 October.

Date: Friday, 16 October 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-scientists-develop-atomic-battery-8182084

The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced $29 million in funding for 14 projects as part of the Galvanizing Advances in Market-aligned fusion for an Overabundance of Watts (GAMOW) programme.

Date: Tuesday, 08 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmore-us-funding-for-fusion-projects-8121379

Russia’s DV Efremov Scientific Research Institute of Electrophysical Apparatus (NIIEFA) has sent a cyclotron to Thailand manufactured for the Institute for Nuclear Research (NRI) in the Thai province of Nakhon Naiok. The equipment, dispatched between 15 and 17 July, for the isochronous cyclotron SS-30/15, comprised nine containers with a total cargo weight of 120 tons. Rusatom Helskea JSC and Kinetics Corporation Ltd are building a cyclotron-radiochemical complex in Thailand commissioned by NRI. The cyclotron SS-30/15 with proton energies up to 30 MeV is a key part of the complex intended for the development of nuclear medicine and scientific research. The shipment was made after the successful completion of the acceptance tests and confirmation of all required characteristics.

Date: Thursday, 23 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-sends-cyclotron-to-thailand-8039584

Silicon carbide is a silicon-carbon compound. Images courtesy Wikipedia and Framatome. France’s Framatome and US-based General Atomics have started cooperation on studying the application of silicon carbide in nuclear fuel designs for boiling water reactors (BWR).

Framatome said that advanced nuclear fuel designs which use silicon carbide in the fuel channel can enhance the safety and fuel performance of nuclear power plants.

Under the cooperation agreement, Framatome and General Atomics will also test materials for fuel applications to help the removal of approximately 40% of the zirconium metal in BWR fuel designs, a statement said.

Date: Saturday, 22 February 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/framatome-to-cooperate-with-general-atomics-on-silicon-carbide-bwr-fuels-2-5-2020

Russia’s Mining and Chemical Combine (MCC) announced on 18 December that it has achieved a world first in the conversion of highly enriched Nickel-63 (Ni-63) for integration into an atomic battery with a lifetime of 50 years.

Date: Friday, 21 December 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-to-use-highly-enriched-ni-63-for-atomic-batteries-6907100

Russian researchers have proposed an accurate method to forecast the properties of betavoltaic (nuclear) batteries, which will make their development much less expensive, Sputnik reported on 20 August. The team includes researchers from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST-MISiS, formerly the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys State Technological University), the Institute of Microelectronics Technology and High Purity Materials of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Kurchatov Institute National Research Centre.

Date: Tuesday, 28 August 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-researchers-simplify-development-of-nuclear-batteries-6723399

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of nuclear safety experts completed a mission on 14 November to review aspects of safety at Belgium’s Research Reactor 2 (BR2). The mission was requested by Belgium’s Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) and focused on ageing management and continued safe operation.

Date: Monday, 20 November 2017
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-reviews-safety-at-belgiums-br2-reactor-5981297

Belgium's BR2 research reactor, which accounts for around a quarter of world production of medical isotope Mo-99 (Tc-99m), is due to close between March 2015 and July 2016 for modernisation work, the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, SCK-CEN, has confirmed.

Date: Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbr2-modernisation-set-for-march-2015-4272112

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a license to International Isotopes Fluorine Products (IIFP) Inc. to construct and operate a deconversion plant in Lea County, New Mexico.

Date: Monday, 08 October 2012
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnrc-licenses-first-us-deconversion-facility

Ceradyne Boron Products, LLC has been awarded an $8 million contract for the supply of B-10 Enriched Boric Acid to EDF for its Flamanville European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) under construction in France. The order is expected to be shipped by 31 December 2011.

Date: Thursday, 22 July 2010
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsceradyne-wins-boric-acid-contract-from-edf