Oklo Relaunches NRC Licensing Process for Nuclear Microreactor

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2022 13:52:10 +0000

Oklo, the developer of the much-watched 1.5-MW Aurora microreactor, has submitted a recharged licensing project plan (LPP) with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), launching a renewed effort that could help the advanced nuclear reactor developer set the stage for “effective and efficient” application reviews by the federal regulator. The move is a significant step for […]

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TVA Successfully Completes a Dam Safety Modification Project for the Ages

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2022 04:20:00 +0000

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When a sinkhole was discovered near the base of the Boone Dam embankment, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s dam safety engineers went to work determining the best fix. The complexity of the work and quality

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IAEA Embarks on Unprecedented Mission to Inspect Nuclear Power Plant in Ukrainian ‘War Zone’

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2022 17:07:39 +0000

An expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has arrived in Kyiv and is readying to inspect Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) for damage from weeks of shelling. The development marks a significant breakthrough for the agency, which has for the past month pleaded with Russia and Ukraine to allow it to […]

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Spent Nuclear Fuel: A Valuable Resource—Not a Waste

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2022 04:17:34 +0000

Did you know that more than 90% of the potential energy that exists in fuel rods when they’re loaded into commercial nuclear reactors still remains in the fuel after five years of operation? Well, that’s

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SaskPower Picks SMR Technology for First Two Potential Nuclear Units

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2022 13:23:47 +0000

SaskPower has chosen GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s (GEH’s) BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) technology for Saskatchewan’s first two nuclear units, which the provincial utility plans to deploy by the mid-2030s. The announcement on June 27 wraps up a four-year process to evaluate specific SMR designs and furthers planning for SaskPower, a Crown corporation, which has […]

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[UPDATED] Researchers Say SMRs Will Produce More Waste Than Large Nuclear Reactors, NuScale Disputes Claim

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2022 11:54:36 +0000

Findings from research led by a team that included a former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) chairperson and experts from Stanford University suggests small modular reactors (SMRs) will generate more radioactive waste than conventional gigawatt-scale nuclear units. The results were released in a research article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences […]

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DOD Picks BWXT Design for ‘Project Pele’ Prototype Nuclear Microreactor 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2022 13:10:44 +0000

The Department of Defense (DOD) has picked BWX Technologies’ (BWXT’s) microreactor design for its “Project Pele” full-scale transportable prototype. The selection closes out a much-watched contest with X-energy for the contract from the DOD’s Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) to build and operate what could be the nation’s first advanced microreactor.  Lynchburg, Virginia-based BWXT will now […]

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Advantages of Leak Detection Technology in Power Plants

Credit to Author: Jon Irvine| Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2022 11:35:15 +0000

The first step to solving a problem is recognizing that one is present. An operations team cannot adequately put a sufficient maintenance plan in place if there is no awareness that maintenance is required. One particular area that used to suffer much more regularly from this lack of diagnosis in a power plant setting is […]

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Researchers Say SMRs Will Produce More Waste Than Large Nuclear Reactors, NuScale Disputes Claim

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 02 Jun 2022 18:06:36 +0000

Findings from research led by a team that included a former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) chairperson and experts from Stanford University suggests small modular reactors (SMRs) will generate more radioactive waste than conventional gigawatt-scale nuclear units. The results were released in a research article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences […]

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France’s NUWARD SMR Will Be Test Case for European Early Joint Nuclear Regulatory Review

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 02 Jun 2022 18:00:39 +0000

The French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), the Czech State Office for Nuclear Safety (SUJB), and Finland’s Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) have picked France’s NUWARD small modular reactor (SMR) design as a test case for an early joint regulatory review for SMRs. The development marks a notable step by European regulators to align practices in a […]

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