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A young professional’s guide to working in the nuclear energy sector
22 November, 2022
For individuals interested in entering the field of nuclear energy, now is the best time to do so.

UK’s Forth Engineering wins two nuclear contracts
10 November, 2022
UK-based Forth Engineering has secured two separate contracts to carry out work on behalf of Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) company Magnox. Forth successfully tendered to design, manufacture and provide waste retrieval solutions in Magnox wet vaults at the Hinkley Point NPP, and also won another contract to design and install active effluent pumping facilities at Magnox’s SGHWR and Dragon reactors in Winfrith.

Zaporozhzhia NPP Director General released from detention
04 October, 2022
The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, has confirmed that Ihor Murashov, Director General of Ukraine’s Zaporozhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), has been released from Russian custody following his detention on 30 September. “I welcome the release,” Grossi tweeted. “I have received confirmation that Mr Murashov has returned to his family safely.”

Sheffield Forgemasters partners GE Hitachi to support UK deployment of BWRX-300 SMR
14 September, 2022
​​​​​​​GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and UK-based Sheffield Forgemasters have agreed to cooperate in support of the potential deployment of the GEH’s BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) in the UK. GEH and Sheffield Forgemasters agreed to discuss how the existing and future capabilities of Sheffield Forgemasters could help meet the potential demands of BWRX-300 deployment.

Reinvented: The Dual Fluid principle
24 August, 2022
High efficiency is a key differentiator of the new nuclear power technology being developed by Dual Fluid. Instead of fuel rods, a Dual Fluid reactor contains two circulating fluids: one carries the fuel and the other extracts the heat. This concept “completely redefines nuclear power”, the start-up says. The Dual Fluid principle enables nuclear fuel to be utilised “up to a hundred times better than in today’s light water reactors”, while the “operating temperature of 1000°C enables new heat applications”.

Global nuclear industry submits statement to NPT Review Conference
16 August, 2022
The global nuclear industry on 12 August submitted a statement to the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), representing the views of more than 20 national and international industry associations supporting the peaceful uses of nuclear technology. The statement was handed to Conference President Ambassador Gustavo Zlauvinen, by the Director General of the World Nuclear Association Dr Sama Bilbao y León.

Argonne National Lab to test liquid metal fast reactors
12 May, 2022
The US Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) said on 10 May that it had added new capabilities to support testing of liquid metal fast reactors. The Thermal Hydraulic Experimental Test Article (THETA) will provide high-resolution and high-quality data that can be used to develop computer codes to support the licensing of liquid-metal fast reactor designs. THETA is currently running its first test with Oklo company, which seeks to better understand the behaviour of its fast reactor designs.

Innovative robotics for radwaste management
05 April, 2022
A robotic-assisted handling system is being developed in the Virero project to categorise and sort radioactive waste components. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. By Frank Querfurth and Carsten Demel

West Virginia seeks to end ban on nuclear construction
04 February, 2022
A bill removing the ban on construction of new nuclear power plants in the US state of West Virginia has been approved by both the Senate (by 24 votes to seven on 25 January) and the House of Delegates (by 76 votes to 16 on 31 January). and will now go to the state's governor for signature. The ban has been in place since 1996.

EU draft taxonomy includes nuclear and gas
04 January, 2022
The European Commission (EC) has drawn up a draft plan to label some natural gas and nuclear energy projects as "green" investments provided they satisfy certain conditions.

Keeping a close eye on nuclear waste
11 November, 2021
A new inspection system should increase the speed and effectiveness of visual inspection of waste at Sellafield

Regulating change – the challenge facing US reprocessing
06 October, 2021
As used nuclear fuel continues to pile up in the US, the need to find a solution other than repositories has never been more pressing. Andrew Tunnicliffe speaks with the American Nuclear Society’s Sven Bader and Steven Nesbit about how technology can help address the issue and what regulators need to do now to avert a bigger problem in the future

Russia confirms nuclear as green while EU remains undecided
30 September, 2021
The assignment of the status of a "green" energy source to nuclear power generation in the Russian Federation should be a signal for other countries considering the inclusion of nuclear energy in their "green" lists, Rosatom Director General Alexei Likhachev said on 27 September.

Tokamak Energy demonstrates new magnet technology for fusion power
23 September, 2021
Nuclear fusion developer Tokamak Energy said it has demonstrated a "transformative magnet protection technology" that improves the commercial viability of fusion power plants.

Using robots to clear the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo
02 September, 2021
Cavendish Nuclear and Sellafield have embraced robots in handling legacy intermediate level waste at the Pile Fuel Cladding Silo

UAMPS downsizes NuScale SMR project
27 July, 2021
Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) said on 19 July that it would reduce the number of small modular reactors (SMRs) it planned to build in Idaho from 12 to six. The project is part of a US Department of Energy (DOE) initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by using nuclear power to complement intermittent renewable energy. DOE in late 2020 awarded the cooperative about $1.4 billion to support development and construction of the commercial reactors at its site in eastern Idaho that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.

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