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Facing the Monster
01 February, 2023
Thirty years ago last November, the IAEA’s INSAG-7 report took the...
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Getting youth into nuclear: The hardest job in net zero 25 January, 2023 Achieving the potential role that nuclear energy can play in the drive to Net Zero by 2050 means more than recruiting experienced engineers. It demands that the industry work to...

All change at the front end? 19 January, 2023 With nuclear on the ascendant and geopolitics shaking up the industry, the fuel cycle front end is more active than it has been for years

IAEA ups support for SMRs 18 January, 2023 The safety and economic competitiveness of SMRs must be fully demonstrated if their potential is to be realised. The IAEA has established a platform to help

HALEU fuel transport packaging 12 January, 2023 With demand for SMR fuel expecting to soar, developers are working on new types of packaging systems. In response NAC International has revised its OPTIMUS® transport packaging system

Looking at plants the smart way 11 January, 2023 With the corona pandemic changing the way plant inspections are carried out, more and more nuclear engineers are turning to smart glasses. Able to combine the observations of...

When does new nuclear become investable? 05 January, 2023 The UK is grappling with the problem of inviting the private sector to invest in new nuclear without interest driving up the price. Its solution cuts costs – but transfers the risk...

Comanche Peak aims for 60-year life 04 January, 2023 One of the USA’s youngest nuclear plants has sought a renewed licence, which will extend its operating lifetime by 20 years. The application was recently published.

Price shift boosts prospects for nuclear hydrogen 22 December, 2022 Almost all clean energy transition scenarios give hydrogen a key role in our future. With geopolitical impacts on gas prices accelerating the economic case for hydrogen produced...

Lifecycle management of nuclear I&C design 21 December, 2022 Engineering hardware design is mainly achieved through the development of drawings and lists and the use of industrial software automation-aided design. Product lifecycle management...

Raising the bar across the nuclear supply chain 15 December, 2022 What has an SME Tier 2 welding and pressure-vessel fabrication business in Mid Glamorgan got in common with the global behemoths of nuclear engineering? Given that a whole supply chain...

Can France rely on its nuclear fleet for a low-carbon 2050? 14 December, 2022 EDF has not shown its 900 MW units can be operated that far ahead, says ASN’s annual assessment of nuclear safety in France. Decisions have to be taken soon if nuclear is to play a...

Zaporizhzhia: Chronicle of a tragedy 08 December, 2022 At the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine armed conflict still brings the threat of a disaster that could sweep the continent. Can the nuclear industry learn lessons from...

Looking at pulsed laser nuclear fusion 07 December, 2022 As a realistic alternative to magnetic bottle designs, commercial laser-based fusion is closer to reality than ever before using high-powered pulsed laser technology

AI’s nuclear opportunities 30 November, 2022 In 2021 the IAEA hosted a Technical Meeting on Artificial Intelligence for Nuclear Technology and Applications to identify priorities for future activities and consider what support...

SMRs and the dot com era for nuclear 29 November, 2022 Climate and security crises are prompting a reappraisal of nuclear power with SMRs widely seen as a route to resolve both these issues.

From STEM to STEAM: Re-defining the skills landscape 24 November, 2022 Scouring the standard recruitment pools for engineers will not be sufficient to meet the recruitment needs for a new generation of SMR development, argues Adam Ellis, Talent and...

Time for a new focus on fast reactors 23 November, 2022 Fast neutron reactor designs have been under development since the earliest days of civil nuclear engineering. Despite their many potential advantages, the sector has been dogged...

Uprating TRIGA fuel production 23 November, 2022 After decades of production in the USA, an uprated facility in France is now producing TRIGA uranium zirconium hydride fuel for use in both research reactors and a new generation...

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.


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