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Further US funding for advanced reactors
04 January, 2021
The US Department of Energy (DOE) on 22 December announced $20 million...
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Russia signs contract for design of nuclear space tug
Friday, December 18, 2020 by Russia’s nuclear tug, Nuklon, will be able to deliver 10 tons of cargo to the Moon in 200 days, according to documents from Roskosmos, published on the government procurement website...

Kairos Power selects site for salt-cooled high-temperature test reactor
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 by US-based Kairos Power announced that it plans to deploy it Hermes fluoride salt-cooled, high-temperature test reactor (KP-FHR) at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) in Oak...

BWXT develops 3D printing for high-temperature alloys and refractory metals
Thursday, November 26, 2020 by Engineers and designers at US-based BWX Technologies (BWXT), teamed with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have developed new additive manufacturing technologies (3D printing) for...

Terrestrial Energy and NRG begin tests on IMSR graphite
Monday, November 16, 2020 by US-based Terrestrial Energy has started a graphite irradiation testing programme with the Netherlands’ Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) using NRG’s Petten Research...

NNL and JAEA to co-operate on HTGRs
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 by The UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) have announced that their current technical collaboration agreement, signed in 2001, is to...

Russian scientists develop atomic battery
Thursday, October 15, 2020 by Scientists from Russia’s National Research Technological University "MISiS" have developed a prototype of a nuclear battery, which is significantly cheaper than analogues, the...

New UN report looks at nuclear energy and sustainable development
Sunday, September 27, 2020 by The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe is developinga new report, The Role of Nuclear Energy in Sustainable Development: Entry Pathways.

US DOE presses ahead with Versatile Test Reactor
Sunday, September 27, 2020 by The US Department of Energy (DOE) has approved Critical Decision 1 for the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) project, a scientific user facility that would support research and development...

New innovation and business network boosts Finnish SMR expertise
Thursday, September 24, 2020 by Mitigating climate change to sustainable levels requires strong changes in society, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland said in a press release on 23 September.

Cameco and Bruce Power support next generation nuclear technologies
Monday, August 24, 2020 by Canada’s Cameco and Bruce Power have announced a series of initiatives, including the establishment of a centre for next generation nuclear technologies, to leverage their...

UK NDA awards R&D contracts
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 by The UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) said on 13 August that three new £25million ($32.7m) R&D contracts had been awarded to look for innovative solutions to the...

Russian institutes develop welding quality control method for ITER
Thursday, August 13, 2020 by Non-destructive testing specialists at Russia’s Tomsk Polytechnic Institute (TPU) is to develop methods for checking the reliability of seams on components of the...

Russia to open radiopharmaceutical plant in Obninsk
Thursday, August 06, 2020 by Rusatom Healthcare, part of state nuclear corporation Rosatom) will build the Russia’s first radiopharmaceutical plant to meet global GMP good manufacturing practice) standards. The...

US company and South Korea to co-operate on MMR
Friday, July 31, 2020 by US-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) on 29 July signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South Korea's Hyundai Engineering (HEC) and the Korea Atomic Energy Research...

Indonesia signs MOU on molten salt reactor
Friday, July 31, 2020 by US-based nuclear company Thorcon International and Indonesia’s Defence Ministry have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to study developing a thorium molten salt reactor...

US Senate adopts Nuclear Energy Leadership legislation
Friday, July 31, 2020 by The US Senate has passed the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA) after it was included as an amendment to the FY2021 National Defense Appropriation Act (NDAA). The NELA legislation...

US to develop a reactor for use in space
Friday, July 31, 2020 by Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA), the managing and operating contractor for the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is seeking information from leaders in...

Russia sends cyclotron to Thailand
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 by 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...

India and EU formalise nuclear co-operation agreement
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 by India and the European Union (EU) formalised the long-negotiated civil nuclear agreement on research and development cooperation on the use of nuclear energy at the 15th India-EU...

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