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Decarbonising nuclear fuel
18 April, 2024
Enrichment company Urenco has published its net zero strategy setting out...
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UK sets out nuclear revolution plans 17 April, 2024 The UK government wants to provide an investment environment that will bring forward a pipeline of new nuclear projects. To do so it is willing to sweep away some longstanding...

The complexities of irradiated graphite 11 April, 2024 Since the world’s first reactor, graphite has been used as a moderator in multiple nuclear plant designs so that today the world has accumulated a quarter of a million tonnes...

Russia bets big on small reactors 10 April, 2024 Rosatom already commands a substantial slice of the GW-scale nuclear power plant export market. Now it is focusing on the small and micro reactor sector too where it intends to become...

Learning from valve safety experience 04 April, 2024 The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has published ‘lessons learned’ from its inspection programme of power operated valves in US nuclear plants.

The Dalton Nuclear Institute: A winning collaboration between industry and academia 03 April, 2024 The Dalton Nuclear Institute is a longstanding UK partnership between industry and academia focussed on decommissioning. Its director Francis Livens talks to NEI about why it works.

Training a nuclear workforce 28 March, 2024 Launching a new Power Generation Group brings renewed focus on training and development for the nuclear generation sector. NEI discovers why this is key to the Net Zero transition.

INPRO: Supporting reactor innovation 27 March, 2024 Innovative Nuclear Reactors & Fuel Cycles (INPRO), an IAEA programme, was established in 2000 to ensure that nuclear energy contributes to global energy needs until the end of the...

Mesh, robots and radioactivity 21 March, 2024 The increasing use of sensor carrying robots in nuclear environments mean even momentary drop-offs in wireless signals can mean productivity loss and risk worker safety. Withstanding...

SMR buildout needs a new Marshall Plan 20 March, 2024 SMRs remain the most economically viable, and often the only practical, option for replacing coal. If pursuing net-zero is a genuine goal, the world requires an initiative akin to...

Kazatomprom facing acid test 15 March, 2024 Supply chain issues are set to dog uranium production in Kazakhstan and elsewhere as sulphuric acid shortages begin to bite.

Stripping liners safely for decommissioning using 3-D tools 14 March, 2024 Tasked with stripping a large uranium vessel of its rubber liner for decommissioning, 3-D tooling proved to be a safe and effective solution for one Canadian project.

Renewing the licence renewal at Diablo Canyon 13 March, 2024 Diablo Canyon has won a reprieve from closure and the potential to operate until the mid 2040s. Now its life extension application is under initial assessment by the Nuclear...

The complexities of developing Accident Tolerant Fuel 07 March, 2024 Accident Tolerant Fuels are seen to offer both safety and economic benefits. Although some designs under consideration are evolutionary rather than revolutionary, it’s clear that...

Taking stock of the SMR promise 06 March, 2024 Taking stock of the changing discourse on SMRs within the nuclear community over recent years is yielding insights into the prospects for this suite of technologies. SMRs may or may...

Navigating nuclear politics 29 February, 2024 A stark contrast is emerging between the global call to phase out fossil fuels and the challenges faced in aligning nations towards a climate-friendly future. What is...

An uplift for nuclear in Europe? 28 February, 2024 Investment analysis suggests the mood music is positive for Europe’s nuclear sector as the push for a low-carbon energy system gathers pace.

Net zero nuclear: Momentum to action 22 February, 2024 It is beginning to feel inevitable that many nations will include nuclear energy among their key tools to mitigate climate change, but to do so at a palatable cost means a...

Critical service in SMR development 21 February, 2024 There is considerable interest in the Small Modular Reactor (SMR) market but, as it stands, no design has yet become commercially available. What are the key points needed to unlock...

Audits and the waste data trail 14 February, 2024 The layered system of governance for nuclear materials generates huge volumes of data across multiple stakeholders in multiple jurisdictions. Now, blockchain technology may help...


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