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energyNew Uranium fuel will convert US research reactors from highly enriched to low enriched uranium

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The US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has submitted to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission a preliminary report on a new uranium fuel that will enable the conversion of six US research reactors from highly enriched uranium to low-enriched uranium. …

energyUranium producers cutting back on production to reduce oversupply

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KazAtomProm will reduce planned uranium production by 20% for a period of three years beginning in January 2018. Cameco (Canada) announced a 10-month temporary suspension of production from the McArthur River mining and Key Lake milling operations in northern Saskatchewan …

materialsReversible Uranium chemistry opens up new materials and applications including some cancer cures

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Uranium can perform reactions that previously no one thought possible, which could transform the way industry makes bulk chemicals, polymers, and the precursors to new drugs and plastics, according to new findings from The University of Manchester. Writing in the …

australiaSlightly acidic solution in insitu uranium mining boosts recovery by over ten times

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Peninsula Energy has started the process to amend the license and permits for its Lance in-situ leach (ISL) uranium project in Wyoming, after laboratory tests showed that using an acidic rather than alkaline mining solution could potentially transform the project’s …

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 …

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 …

energyNASA will test simple nuclear power system which will be in the 1 to 10 kilowatt power range

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NASA’s technology development branch has been funding a project called Kilopower for three years and testing is due to start in September, 2017 and end in January 2018. NASA Game Changing Development program backed Kilopower, with the goal of building …

energyWestinghouse formal launch of safer nuclear fuel with tests planned from 2018-2022

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Westinghouse Electric Company yesterday announced the formal launch of its “accident-tolerant fuel solution”, EnCore Fuel, during the company’s Fuel Users’ Group Meeting. EnCore Fuel is intended to offer “design-basis-altering safety, greater uranium efficiency and estimated economic benefits up to hundreds …

economic impactJapan will have 5 operational nuclear reactors next month and 19 more have applied to restart

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Japan is restarting unit 4 of its Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture. The reactor – which together with unit 3 has been offline since March 2016 – is expected to re-enter commercial operation next month. The company said …