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Rolls Royce awards contract for SMR module
Rolls-Royce announced on 1 February that it had awarded a contract to the UK Nuclear AMRC to develop a module demonstrator for the UK Small Modular Reactor (SMR).
Russian scientists look to thorium reactors
Russian scientists from the School of Nuclear Science & Engineering at Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) are developing a technology for the construction of high-temperature,...
The US develops reactor to support life on Mars
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and the Department of Energy are testing a small 10kWe nuclear reactor for use on Mars.
Regulator agrees NuScale design eliminates need for backup power
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has concluded that NuScale Power’s novel safety design approach eliminates the need for Class 1E power for its small modular reactor (SMR).
Atkins SMR study favours IPWRs
A comprehensive Techno-Economic Assessment (TEA) by the Atkins consultancy and Ernst & Young on small modular reactors (SMRs) found that integral pressurised water reactor...
Advanced manufacturing centre for NuScale
US-based NuScale Power and Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) have signed an initial contract for a new Center for Advanced Nuclear Manufacturing (CANM) to be operated by CTC.
UK industry support for SMRs
The UK could benefit from lower cost electricity if the government were to back a small modular reactor programme for the UK, according to a new report, “UK SMR: A National...
Holtec and SNC-Lavalin to collaborate on SMR-160
US Holtec International and Canada’s SNC-Lavalin announced on 17 July that they had formalised an agreement to collaborate on Holtec’s SMR-160 Small Modular Reactor programme
Terrestrial Energy launches siting study for molten salt reactor
Terrestrial Energy, which is developing advanced reactor power plants, said on 19 June that it has begun a feasibility study to explore siting the world's first commercial Integral...
Design work underway on X-energy’s HTGR
US company X-energy on 16 March announced the start of work on the conceptual design of its Xe-100 high temperature gas-cooled pebble bed modular reactor.
Bechtel pulls out of SMR development
Bechtel confirmed on 13 March it is pulling out of small modular reactor (SMR) development as part of Generation mPower, a joint venture with BWXT (which was a part of Babcock &...
US companies collaborate on small fast reactor technology
US-based GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and Advanced Reactor Concepts (ARC Nuclear) on 12 March signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the development and...
More funding for Swedish-Canadian lead-cooled reactor
Licensing and construction of a demonstration SEALER (Swedish Advanced Lead Fast Reactor) in Canada is progressing following funding of $200m from Essel Group Middle East,...
SPX Flow to design TerraPower’s sodium pump
Pump supplier SPX Flow has been named as an official supply chain partner to TerraPower. It has been chosen as a partner to design the primary sodium pump for TerraPower’s Travelling...
Interest in SMRs picks up
Nuclear plant designers and operators have joined a US consortium,SMR Start, aimed at boosting moves towards the commercialisation of small modular reactors (SMRs).
World's biggest fast reactor to start up in Russia in 2016
Unit 4 at Russia's Beloyarsk nuclear power plant, which has the world's largest sodium-cooled fast neutron reactor - the BN-800 - will begin commercial operation before the end of...
Agreement reached on redesign of Iran's Arak reactor
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that Iran and EU3+3 countries (US, China, Russia, UK, France and Germany) have reached agreement regarding the redesigning of...
Westinghouse proposes partnership with UK on SMR development
Westinghouse has proposed to partner with the UK government in the development of small modular reactor technology.
NuScale Power sets out hopes for UK market
NuScale Power has set out an ambitious programme in its newly published UK Prospectus based on confidence in the development of its Small Modular Reactor (SMR) and its applicability...
Rosatom approves SVBR-100 detailed design review
The Scientific and Technical Council (STC) of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom has approved the results of an expert review for the detailed design of the SVBR-100 fast...