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canadaCanada reviewing ten small nuclear reactor designs including eVinci solid state microreactor

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The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will have pre-licensing vendor design reviews (VDRs) the NuScale 50 MWe SMR and Westinghouse’s eVinci microreactor. The CNSC is now involved with ten pre-licensing VDRs, all for small reactors with capacities in the range …

batteriesToyota has reduced the rare earth materials used in electric vehicle magnets by 50%

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Toyota has developed the world’s first neodymium-reduced, heat-resistant magnet. Neodymium magnets are used in various types of motors such as the high-output motors found in electrified vehicles, use of which is expected to increase rapidly in the future. The new …

chinaUK needs 12 years to build 440 MW nuclear reactor while China needs 3 years to make 400MWth reactors

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Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc says it will take 12 years to build its prototype small nuclear reactor in the U.K. Rolls-Royce needs as many as five years for the licensing and design assessment process, while construction will take another seven for …

energyIndia approves construction of 12 more nuclear reactors

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India has approved the construction of 12 new nuclear power reactors. 10 will be indigenous Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) with a capacity of 700 MW each and two will be Russian Light Water Reactors (LWRs). Two PHWRs each will …

chinaNuclear reactors for heating can be mass produced and each would take two years to build

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China General Nuclear (CGN) and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) are both looking to develop small nuclear reactors for district heating. They are China’s top two nuclear energy companies. Information is from China General Nuclear, NEI Magazine, People’s Daily and …

future weaponsUS losing Navy tech lead because of electrical engineering, project management and corruption problems

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The US is losing its naval military technology lead because of inadequate electrical engineering and problems with large project management and political and industrial corruption. The political and industrial corruption aspect is sen in the high cost of * the …

chinaBoring electrical power distribution could give China’s Navy railguns and other huge advantages

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The US is moving ahead with deployment of combat lasers up to 300 kilowatts in power over the next 3-5 years versus 32 megajoule railguns. Only one megawatt of power is needed for combat lasers versus tens of megawatts for …

materialsOceanfloor mining for minerals towards the scale of ocean oil drilling

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Nextbigfuture wrote about Nautilus Minerals several times since 2010. Nautilus Mineral is scaling up ocean floor mining. In January 2016, Nautilus Minerals took delivery of the three Seafloor Production Tools (SPTs) from SMD. The SPTs were shipped to PNG in …

colonizationHeating and ventilating a 10,000 person space station

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The National Space Society has a 33-page analysis of heat and energy transport and management for an outline but realistic habitat design. This allows a more detailed analysis than was possible in most theoretical precursor studies and enables comparison and …

lasersMathematics used to make powerful lasers

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Nature – Scientists have used the mathematics of topological physics to produce a high-quality beam of laser light — a step that could lead to the first practical application of this burgeoning field. A team of physicists describes its device, …