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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 …

air forceNuclear powered drones are technically feasible and could fly for years

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From 2008-2011, Sandia National Labs and Northrop Grumman designed nuclear drones that would be able to fly for many months. China has put $3.3 billion into making new highly compact nuclear reactors which would also use for nuclear powered drones. …

chinaChina nuclear energy and coal company partner to make traveling wave nuclear reactor

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The China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) has signed an agreement with the Shenhua Group, China’s biggest coal producer, to promote the development of advanced “traveling wave” reactor technology, the state nuclear giant said. At a ceremony on Tuesday, the two …

energyTurning 1 million tons of used nuclear fuel by 2050 into energy

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The amount of used nuclear fuel will continue to increase, reaching around 1 million tonnes by 2050. The uranium and plutonium that could be extracted from that used fuel would be sufficient to provide fuel for at least 140 light …

chinaUS ceased construction on two AP1000 nuclear reactors because of delays and costs

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1. Scana Corporation subsidiary South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCG&E) yesterday announced its decision to cease construction of two AP1000 reactors at VC Summer. The announcement followed co-owner Santee Cooper’s decision to suspend construction because of projected completion delays and …

canadaA handful of North American advanced nuclear reactor projects have made substantial progress

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Third way has a report on 48 north american companies and research institutions working on advanced small nuclear reactors. Only five of those north american projects are considered to be in more advanced development by the World Nuclear association. The …

economic impactBreakthrough in size, safety of a complete nuclear power module in a shipping container

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There are new small modular reactors where the nuclear reactor could be approaching the size of a shipping container but then the balance of the nuclear plant (turbines and other systems) is far larger. Holos Generator is transportable (by heavy …

energyVery small modular nuclear fission reactors for military and space applications

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The Defense Science Board has a 99 page report which proposes that the US military fund the development of very small nuclear reactors for forward remote operating bases. The Task Force reviewed several nuclear reactor concepts that differ in size …

canadaCanada will make dozens of small modular nuclear reactors

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Ontario Power Generation plans to fill a predicted supply gap in the 2030s with new nuclear capacity and the utility is collaborating with Saskatchewan on the potential for a Pan-Canadian fleet of Small Modular Reactors, Nicolle Butcher, OPG’s Vice …

chinaChina has started loading pebble bed fuel into new reactor which will begin operation later this year

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The loading of spherical fuel elements has begun at China’s Shidaowan HTR-PM – a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) demonstration project. The unit is scheduled to begin operating later this year. The first of the graphite spheres was loaded within the …