The Nuclear Battery Aboard Perseverance, the Next-Gen Mars Rover

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 00:12:19 +0000

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NASA’s next-generation Mars rover Perseverance, which successfully launched on July 30 atop an Atlas 5 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, will depend on a “nuclear battery” for electrical power when it completes its seven-month journey to the Red Planet.   Idaho National Laboratory (INL) celebrated the launch of the rover, […]

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U.S. Begins Quest for a Lunar Nuclear Reactor

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:41:23 +0000

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What will it realistically take to ready a fission surface power system (FSP)—a small (maybe modular) nuclear reactor—for deployment on the moon by 2027? That’s essentially what Battelle Energy Alliance LLC (BEA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are asking the private sector in an interesting request for […]

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Oklo Submits First Non-LWR Combined License Application to NRC

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 15:17:20 +0000

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Oklo, developer of the 1.5-MW Aurora micro-reactor, has submitted the first-ever combined license application (COLA) for an advanced non-light water reactor (LWR) to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The move formalizes the start of a new era for nuclear regulation in the U.S. The Silicon Valley company, which last year received a first-of-its-kind site use […]

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Oklo Submits First Non-LWR Combined and Operation License to NRC

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 15:17:20 +0000

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Oklo, developer of the 1.5-MW Aurora micro-reactor, has submitted the first-ever combined operating license application (COLA) for an advanced non-light water reactor (LWR) to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The move formalizes the start of a new era for nuclear regulation in the U.S. The Silicon Valley company, which last year received a first-of-its-kind site […]

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Exclusive: Why Oklo’s Demonstration of HALEU Could Be Groundbreaking for New Nuclear

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:06:59 +0000

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In an exclusive interview, executives from Silicon Valley–based Oklo, a company Idaho National Laboratory (INL) chose this week to demonstrate the first-of-its-kind use of recycled high-assay, low-enriched uranium (HALEU) fuel in its full-size Aurora micro-reactor, told POWER that the project could have broad implications for the future of nuclear power. Marking a significant boost for […]

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Oklo Microreactor Is INL’s Pick for First-of-a Kind HALEU-Fueled Nuclear Demonstration     

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2020 17:51:24 +0000

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Oklo, developer of a 1.5-MW passive compact fast reactor, will be the first to receive high-assay, low-enriched uranium (HALEU) nuclear fuel from Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to aid a first-of-its-kind demonstration of its Aurora microreactor, which could begin in 2024. Marking a significant boost for advanced nuclear innovation, which industry experts are banking on to […]

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Interest in DOE’s Versatile Test Reactor Heats Up

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2020 15:35:21 +0000

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GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and TerraPower are jointly pursuing an opportunity to design and build the U.S. Department of Energy’s Versatile Test Reactor (VTR), an experimental fast neutron nuclear reactor that could start up by 2026. The companies on Jan. 21 announced they collaborated on a response to an expression of interest (EOI) issued […]

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Three More Nuclear Plant Owners Will Demonstrate Hydrogen Production

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2019 23:55:08 +0000

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FirstEnergy Solutions (FES), Xcel Energy, and Arizona Public Service (APS) will demonstrate hydrogen production at three nuclear plants they own starting in 2020 and 2021. The projects, selected as part of the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Nuclear Energy’s Advanced Reactor Development Project funding pathway, aim to improve long-term competitiveness of the nuclear sector […]

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Exelon Is Exploring Nuclear Power Plant Hydrogen Production

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2019 14:21:21 +0000

A first-of-its-kind project spearheaded by Exelon, the nation’s largest nuclear power generator, and Norwegian firm Nel Hydrogen could demonstrate an integrated hydrogen production, storage, and utilization facility at an existing nuclear plant site. If the project comes to fruition, it could shed light on a new and potentially lucrative revenue stream for existing nuclear power […]

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DOE Speeds Up Development of Experimental Fast Reactor, Sustain Flagging U.S. Nuclear Sector

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2019 14:06:33 +0000

The Department of Energy (DOE) officially launched development of its Versatile Test Reactor (VTR), an experimental fast reactor that will foster experiments with much higher neutron energy and flux compared to the nation’s existing 35 research reactors to develop advanced nuclear fuel for future nuclear power plants in the U.S. The facility, it says, is […]

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