Nuclear utilities are playing a growing role in Canadian SMR development and their operational expertise could support the first fleet deployment at mining sites, industry experts said. Canada’s large mining sector is seen as a key early market for SMR plants as operators look to reduce carbon emissions and costs. Bruce Power is Canada’s largest private nuclear power generator, operating eight Candu reactors for a total capacity of 6.4 GW. Ontario government-owned OPG operates ten Candu reactors, representing 6.6 GW. Bruce Power will support evaluation, planning and licensing activities for NuScale’s light water reactor (LWR)-based design, the developer said. OPG will support the pre-licensing vendor design review (VDR) and help evaluate deployment opportunities. The agreements show how Canada’s nuclear utilities are stepping up their support for SMR deployment to meet future power needs and carbon reduction targets. A national SMR roadmap, published in November, called on utilities to “advance strategic partnerships, joint ventures, and consortia” to accelerate deployment in Canada and open up potential export trade. Canada could deploy its first commercial SMRs by 2030 if sufficient federal funding and regulatory support is provided, the roadmap said. The report followed a 10-month engagement of industry, governments, utilities and other interested parties.

Nuclear Energy Insider 16th Jan 2019 read more »

Posted: 17 January 2019


NuScale Power and Ultra Electronics Energy have unveiled a new safety display and indication system for NuScale’s small modular reactor which they say is the first application of field programmable gate array (FGPA) technology for real-time display and monitoring in the US commercial nuclear industry.

World Nuclear News 11th Jan 2019 read more »

Posted: 12 January 2019


A UK-based nuclear-fusion facility that is largely funded by the European Union has secured a temporary extension to its contract that will allow it to run until 28 March — the day before Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union. The Joint European Torus (JET) near Oxford, UK, is testing technologies for the world’s largest nuclear-fusion experiment, ITER, which is being built in southern France.

Nature 9th Jan 2019 read more »

Posted: 10 January 2019


The feverish work is all part of the company’s attempts to develop nuclear fusion, a concept that the sceptics joke will always be 30 years away. But here in Oxfordshire, in an otherwise unremarkable industrial park, it seems almost tangible – a spark in a global effort that could bring virtually unlimited power to us all. Tokamak Energy is part of a new wave of companies and researchers turning away from large, expensive power plants. Nuclear energy has a small future ahead.

IMech 7th Jan 2019 read more »

Posted: 8 January 2019

New Reactor Types

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has argued that nuclear power is an ideal technology to decarbonise the global energy system, as it is less prone to volatility and variable outputs compared to renewables. While praising the role which renewable generation has played in decarbonising the global electricity sector, which accounts for a quarter of emissions worldwide, Gates expressed doubts about the technology’s capability to abate sectors such as heat.

Edie 4th Jan 2019 read more »

Posted: 5 January 2019

New Reactor Types

TerraPower LLC, a nuclear energy venture chaired by Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates, is seeking a new partner for early-stage trials of its technology after new U.S. rules forced it to abandon an agreement with China, company officials told the Wall Street Journal. TerraPower reached an agreement with state-owned China National Nuclear Corp in 2017 to build an experimental nuclear reactor south of Beijing. But Gates wrote in an essay published late last week that TerraPower is unlikely to follow through on its plans in the face of new U.S. restrictions on technology deals with China.

Reuters 1st Jan 2019 read more »

Posted: 2 January 2019


The US Department of Energy (DOE) has signed a memorandum of understanding on the use of two of the 12 modules of a demonstration small modular reactor project planned for Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) formally launched the Carbon Free Power Project in 2015 as part of its long-term strategy to reduce carbon emissions and replace aging coal-fired plants with a non-fossil fuel, and medium-sized, flexible power generating source. As part of the project, UAMPS plans the development of a 12-module NuScale plant at a site at the INL, with operation expected by 2027.

World Nuclear News 28th Dec 2018 read more »

Posted: 29 December 2018


TVA has found the magic beans! In just four short years, TVA has somehow cut the cost of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), an unproven nuclear generation technology, approximately in half. Why isn’t this believable? Because SMRs don’t yet exist, other new nuclear power projects have seen skyrocketing costs, and there is no concrete information to support TVA’s cost figures.

Clean Energy 19th Dec 2018 read more »

Posted: 22 December 2018


The advanced nuclear sector has the potential to play an important part in the UK’s Industrial Strategy building on our existing economic strengths and competitive advantages in nuclear whilst shaping new advanced nuclear markets and contributing to tackling the Clean Growth Grand Challenge. Richard Harrington announced policies in a speech to the Nuclear Industry Association Conference on 7 December 2017 as the first steps to help achieve this potential.

BEIS 17th Dec 2018 read more »

Posted: 18 December 2018

Floating Reactors

Russia’s state-owned Rosatom has emerged as the global leader when it comes to constructing nuclear power plants. The company has an international order book worth $300 billion spread over 12 countries in the developing world. Traditional plants take over a decade to build and are definitively fixed to the grid, but Rosatom intends to provide alternative technologies to overcome these liabilities. In order to maintain its competitive edge, the company has invested approximately $400 million in developing a unique kind of nuclear power plant, a floating one. The secretive nature of the project in the first years of its development didn’t help assure critics concerning the safety of the facility. In recent years, Rosatom has disclosed some of the construction methods in order to prove to potential customers the value and safety of its technological breakthrough.

Oil Price 8th Dec 2018 read more »

Posted: 9 December 2018