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Nuclear decommissioning: plans, challenges, and innovations
20 October, 2021
Speakers at a recent event highlighted several difficulties facing nuclear decommissioning projects and discussed some of the R&D and technical innovations that are supporting decontamination, remediation, and radioactive waste management. Caroline Peachey reports
Mapping the UK’s road to advanced nuclear fuels
14 October, 2021
The UK’s Advanced Fuel Cycle Programme is taking a strategic approach to advanced nuclear fuels and says it has passed a ‘major milestone’ in enabling policymakers and industry to plan for the future
Financing future new build in the UK
12 October, 2021
Speakers at two recent industry events discussed financing options for UK nuclear new build, as the future approach remains uncertain. Janet Wood reports
ISO 19443 - the future of quality management for the nuclear supply chain
07 October, 2021
David Goodfellow explains how ISO 19443 delivers an holistic approach on a worldwide scale, ensuring that materials, products, processes and services are fit for purpose
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
How augmented reality can advance nuclear operations
23 September, 2021
Augmented reality (AR) enables workers at reactors to access manuals and instructional videos, and speak directly to colleagues and experts thousands of miles away, as they complete maintenance tasks. Daryl Roy and Kelly Malone explain
Nuclear: building industry in Bridgwater
23 September, 2021
Sam Orchard explains how the local supply chain has been supporting construction of the UK’s Hinkley Point C
UK hydrogen strategy: a role for nuclear?
15 September, 2021
Hydrogen is attracting growing interest worldwide, not least in the UK, where an H2 strategy has recently been launched. The nuclear industry sees significant opportunities
India’s dual track approach to nuclear new-build
14 September, 2021
India is to construct a fleet of domestically-designed reactors, along with VVERs imported from Russia and EPRs from France, Saurav Jha reports
Pipe repair at Bugey
08 September, 2021
The decision by EDF to repair, rather than replace, leaking pipework at its Bugey nuclear power plant in France has proved hugely beneficial both practically and financially
Nuclear energy to play key role in Russia’s Arctic development
07 September, 2021
The 6th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) held in Vladivostock in September saw a number of key agreements signed, which indicated a key role for nuclear energy in Russia’s plans for development of the Arctic and Far East
Canada gives one for the team
02 September, 2021
As Natural Resource Canada’s nuclear director, Diane Cameron helped chart the country’s nuclear roadmap and brought the technology into the climate change conversation. Ahead of her move to OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency, she sat down with NEI contributor Jacquie Hoornweg to reflect on her career and the path forward
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
Retrofitting obsolete alarm annunciators
26 August, 2021
When it comes to industrial alarm annunciators, many facilities suffer from issues relating to obsolescence management. As many former alarm system manufacturers are no longer in business, sites haven’t updated the original systems that were installed decades ago. Here Gary Bradshaw, director of critical alarm specialist Omniflex, describes his experiences retrofitting alarm annunciators at a nuclear power plant in the Northwest of England.
25 August, 2021
NEI learns more about LongOps, the new international programme for robotics in nuclear decommissioning and fusion.
Innovation snakes its way into the core of nuclear culture
19 August, 2021
Duke Energy explains how it is embracing innovation by using drones, robots and virtual reality to improve worker safety and plant reliability.
Phasing out nuclear power in Taiwan
18 August, 2021
With the recent closure of Kuosheng 1, Jeremy Wilcox examines the broader effect of Taiwan’s planned nuclear phaseout on the energy landscape in that country.
Does Japan offer rich pickings for SMRs?
12 August, 2021
Japan is pushing to lead the way on advanced and small modular reactors. The country has put it high on the list of its economic and societal reform plans. But whilst the desire to be a leader is there, the political will to lead by example remains a challenge. Andrew Tunnicliffe speaks with Keith Franklin of the National Nuclear Laboratory and Diane Hughes of NuScale.
Virtual reality in the nuclear industry
11 August, 2021
The nuclear industry is embracing virtual reality technology to optimise its operations and improve safety, as a recent white paper from Tecknotrove Systems explains.
Driving digital transformation
05 August, 2021
Digitalisation makes nuclear power cheaper and safer, and creates engineering jobs, according to experts speaking at a recent industry webinar. Rumyana Vakarelska reports.