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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 Urenco is one of the leaders of the pack
Grossi active at COP27
14 November, 2022
IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has said nuclear science and technology are part of the solution to both mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change impacts.
Jamaica to include nuclear power in its energy mix
08 November, 2022
The Jamaican Government is looking to incorporate nuclear power in the country’s energy mix according to Minister of Science, Energy & Technology, Daryl Vaz. He added that it will be used as a medium to long-term option. “It is something that we believe that any country, like Jamaica, would have to think of for energy security, especially because it is [renewable],” Vaz said during a Heads of Science Round Table Discussion at the Ministry’s office in Kingston. He said the government “recognises the importance of science to nation building”, and that “it must become a way of life in Jamaica”.
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 at the end of the tunnel
Back-up power restored at Zaporizhzhia NPP
19 October, 2022
Ukrainian engineers have managed to restore back-up power to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), a much-needed development after the plant lost all access to external electricity twice over the past week, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on 14 October.
Idaho resumes waste shipments to US WIPP facility
19 October, 2022
Shipments of nuclear waste from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) site in eastern Idaho to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad in New Mexico have resumed following three episodes that caused New Mexico officials to suspend them. A DOE official has told Idaho officials that the New Mexico Environment Department had approved shipments from the 2,300 km2 site, which includes the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).
Vogtle 3 starts nuclear fuel loading
19 October, 2022
US Georgia Power has announced that fuel load into the reactor core at unit 3 of the Vogtle NPP is underway, marking “a milestone toward start-up and commercial operation of the first new nuclear units to be built in the US in more than three decades”.
UKAEA and Tokamak Energy to collaborate on commercial fusion
13 October, 2022
UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and Tokamak Energy have signed a framework agreement to enable closer collaboration on developing spherical tokamaks as a route to commercial fusion energy. The five-year agreement will take the form of joint technology development, shared utilisation of equipment and facilities and associated secondment of staff between the two organisations.
Situation at Zaporizhzhia NPP remains “fragile”
13 October, 2022
External power has been restored to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), a few hours after its connection to the grid was cut for a second time in less than a week, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said.
Canada calls for proposals for CNRI programme
06 October, 2022
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has issued a call for proposals for the fourth round of its Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative (CNRI). CNL said the CNRI programme continues to grow, and this year has expanded to accept applications from Canadian universities, who are invited to submit project ideas that fall within this round’s designated focus areas.
Brookfield says nuclear is a clean, safe and mature source of power
05 October, 2022
Canada-based global asset management company Brookfield has released a White Paper titled “A New Dawn for Nuclear Power”. It says the worldwide drive to net zero “is shining a spotlight on nuclear, a clean, safe and mature source of electricity generation”. Nuclear power “is also gaining more support from policymakers and investors given its ability to promote energy security and energy independence”. These trends are driving a global push to extend the lives and increase the capacity of existing plants, as well as build new reactors with state-of-the art designs and technologies.
Shelling causes more damage to Zaporizhzhia NPP
22 September, 2022
Renewed shelling in the early hours of 21 September at the site of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) damaged cables providing electricity to one of its six units, temporarily forcing the reactor to rely on emergency diesel generators for the power it needs for essential safety functions, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was informed at the site by senior Ukrainian operating staff.
US DOE identifies coal plant sites that could convert to nuclear
15 September, 2022
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a 127-page report, “Investigating Benefits and Challenges of Converting Retiring Coal Plants into Nuclear Plants”, identifying 157 retired coal plant sites and 237 operating coal plant sites as potential candidates for a coal-to-nuclear (C2N) transition. The study, conducted by Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, sponsored by DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy, said 80% of the identified plants were good candidates to host advanced small reactors.
Some power lines restored to Zaporizhzhia NPP
15 September, 2022
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been informed that Ukrainian engineers have made further headway in repairing vital power infrastructure in the vicinity of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), providing the plant with renewed access to a third back-up power line.
One size fits all metering
08 September, 2022
Why has the Nuclear Power Industry failed to embrace and benefit from the digital revolution? Despite the obvious benefits it offers like higher reliability, accuracy, efficiency, and return on investment, nuclear operators have resisted adopting digital metering. Could that be about to change?
Japanese fuel fabrication plant to resume activity
31 August, 2022
Mitsubishi Nuclear Fuel Co (MNF), a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, has announced that it intends to resume production of pressurised water reactor (PWR) fuel at its Tokai plant after receiving approval from Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA). MNF said it had applied to NRA for a pre-use inspection of processing facilities in July 2018 and a pre-use confirmation application in August 2020. “We are pleased to inform you that we have received a pre-use inspection pass certificate and a pre-use confirmation certificate from the same committee on the same day.”
A global perspective on radioactive waste disposal
18 August, 2022
Radioactive waste is often presented as the Achille’s Heel of nuclear power, but a new holistic approach to waste management could transcend this perception.
IAEA’s Grossi addresses NPT review conference
05 August, 2022
Addressing the opening session of the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said: “We cannot build a more secure world with more nuclear weapons in existing arsenals and if more countries seek to acquire them.” His ten-minute address, covered global threats to international security, the growing role low-carbon nuclear power is expected to play in meeting the world’s energy and climate needs, the threats to nuclear safety in the war in Ukraine and the use of nuclear technologies for peaceful purposes globally.