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JET find ‘win-win’ scenario for future fusion reactors

3 April 2020

A vital discovery on how to force the extreme heatload away from a fusion reactor’s exhaust system while maintaining high performance has been discovered in recent tests at the Joint European Torus (JET) device at Culham.... Read more...

ASN specifies decommissioning of the GCR

3 April 2020

ASN specifies the next steps in the decommissioning of the “first generation” gas cooled reactors (GCR). The EDF GCR type reactors were shutdown between 1973 and 1994. The fuel, which accounted for virtually the entire risk, has been removed.... Read more...

JSC and Kozloduy sign a contract for units 5 and 6

3 April 2020

Rusatom Service JSC (electric power division of ROSATOM) and Kozloduy NPP (Bulgaria) signed a contract on neutron-flux monitoring equipment modernization for units 5 and 6 of the plant. Neutron-flux monitoring equipment plays an essential role in ensuring NPP safety and is used in VVER reactor control and protection systems.... Read more...

IAEA launches a CRP on the economics of SMRs

2 April 2020

Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), with electrical power up to 300MW per module, have a specific design, safety, and siting features, as well as a wide range of applications. In response to increased interest, the IAEA is launching a 3-year, Coordinated Research Project (CRP) focusing on the economics of SMRs, including micro-reactors, by providing the Member States with an economic appraisal framework for their development and deployment.... Read more...

Oklo submits COLA for an advanced reactor to NRC

2 April 2020

Oklo Inc. (Oklo) announced its submission of the first combined license application (COLA) for an advanced reactor to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Oklo’s application is a landmark milestone in the development of advanced fission technologies.... Read more...

Senators send a letter to NRC on nuclear safety program

25 March 2020

U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) and Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Mike Braun (R-IN), Mike Rounds (R-SD), John Boozman (R-AR), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regarding efforts to assess and modernize the NRC’s nuclear safety inspection program, known as the Reactor Oversight Process.... Read more...

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