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Zaporizhzhia: Chronicle of a tragedy
08 December, 2022
At the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine armed conflict...
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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.

Data is key to an economic future 17 November, 2022 Should the nuclear industry invest in machine learning and artificial intelligence in order to better manage its asset base? Janet Wood argues the industry can start getting easy...

Hitting net zero on enrichment 16 November, 2022 Nuclear power is key to a low-carbon future, but improving the climate performance of the entire value chain is another important part of the transition. Uranium enrichment company...

Culture is the key to success in nuclear operations 10 November, 2022 Benchmarking the criteria for success among US nuclear power plant operators reveals the key to improving performance - the right organisational culture

What follows JET fusion? 09 November, 2022 The radiological challenge in decommissioning a fusion reactor is a fraction of that of a fission reactor, and repurposing the site is a more immediate challenge. JET is recruiting a...

Deep thought on disposal 03 November, 2022 Successfully creating a deep geological disposal site for high-level waste has long been a key challenge for the nuclear industry. Now, a series of breakthroughs seems to show light...

EBRD looks at a new agenda in Ukraine 02 November, 2022 As its existing programmes reach an end, the Nuclear Safety Department of the EBRD has begun discussions over providing aid to Ukraine, once hostilities are over. It is...

The importance of integrated logistics 26 October, 2022 Growing global uncertainties have increased reliance on supportability engineering and the reassurances it can provide in managing and minimising project risk

A global realignment 20 October, 2022 The uranium and nuclear fuel markets were already in a turbulent phase when the Ukrainian invasion placed Russia beyond the pale for many countries. There’s no doubt that has...

LP blade erosion: repair proves better than replacement 12 October, 2022 A project at a four unit VVER-440 nuclear power plant has demonstrated the effectiveness of repairs for free standing low-pressure steam turbine blades. The repair entails butt welding...

Is there a place for a future nuclear-hydrogen economy? 05 October, 2022 The rapidly-expanding hydrogen economy is set to be an opportunity for nuclear. Taking advantage of that option will present a complex challenge for developers Janet Wood reports.

Next generation fast neutron reactors 28 September, 2022 We are running out of time to choose between good and bad in the power industry. Soon people will have to make a choice based on other criteria – between either extending the life...

When the rearguard is the vanguard 22 September, 2022 It may seem counter-intuitive, but effective decommissioning has a critical role to play in the future of the nuclear energy industry.


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