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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 21st century and beyond. Here we explore INPRO’s achievements.

Managing multi-point wireless traffic
11 January, 2024
As wireless networks become increasingly important in plant monitoring and control systems keeping data flowing is crucial to successful operations.

SMR shortlist explored
14 December, 2023
Six companies have been passed through to next stage of the UK nuclear technology competition that is looking to develop multiple SMRs across the country. Here we take a look at the contenders.

Novel fuels set for growth
07 December, 2023
At the heart of every nuclear reactor is its fuel, but with a new generation of reactors on the way, new kinds of fuels are also emerging to power the clean energy transition.

Solving the key nuclear challenge
16 August, 2023
With an aging workforce, extended reactor lifetimes and a swath of new nuclear development in the pipeline, the nuclear sector needs to get its house in order when it comes to workforce management. A new report from the IAEA explains how.

New value from fusion neutrons
07 June, 2023
Despite major breakthroughs, cost-effective energy from fusion reactors remains elusive. Nonetheless, commercial fusion is already here to stay. Greg Piefer, founder and CEO of SHINE Technologies, tells NEI about the business case.

Plotting a path to supply chain resilience
27 April, 2023
Growing concerns that a lack of supply chain resilience could curtail plans for nuclear new build is prompting action from multiple stakeholders, but the complexity of the global nuclear sector is such that no single solution could ever work.

Nuclear energy disputes: What can India learn from global trends?
18 April, 2023
As one of the world’s most active regions for nuclear development, India is pinning a lot of hope on nuclear power. How can the supply chain mitigate project risks within India’s legal framework?

The changing face of Canada’s nuclear industry
13 April, 2023
In the decade since the global recession and Fukushima slammed the nuclear sector, Canada has made significant advances in its capabilities. But in an era of multiple technologies and burgeoning markets for nuclear, Jacquie Hoornweg considers what defines “Canadian” in today’s nuclear sector.

Using AI to spearhead Gen IV reactor tech
30 March, 2023
The vast complexities of molten salt reactors are being made simpler by a new machine learning model. Argonne National Laboratory scientists Jicheng Guo and Ganesh Sivaraman tell NEI how their solution learns without teaching.

Unleashing industry potential
22 March, 2023
Developing both Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C will give the UK a significant boost building the skill sets needed for net zero, but for another key advantage is that the reactor design will allow replication between sites.

Looking very deep for disposal
16 March, 2023
Conventional thinking suggests nuclear waste should be disposed of in deep geological repositories not much more than a few hundred metres below ground. Deep directional drilling techniques pioneered and now mastered by the oil and gas industry offer are alternative solution.

Africa’s nuclear power plans
08 February, 2023
Backed by the IAEA, Africa is set to be one of the world’s nuclear development hotspots in the coming years as the continent looks to build a safe, secure and low-carbon energy system.

Facing the Monster
01 February, 2023
Thirty years ago last November, the IAEA’s INSAG-7 report took the prevailing narrative of the Chornobyl disaster and turned it on its head. Here, a key accident investigator tells the inside story of the report’s origins.

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 to consumers

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 the IAEA can provide.

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.

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

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