Fusion

Tokamak Energy is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Laurence Williams OBE FREng FIMechE FNucI as Chair of its new Regulatory and Safety Committee. Professor Williams is an Emeritus Professor in Nuclear Safety and Regulation and is currently a Senior Research Investigator at Imperial College. He was formerly Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations. He has also been Chair of the International Nuclear Regulators Association, Chair of the IAEA Commission on Safety Standards, and more recently Chair of the UK Government’s Committee on Radioactive Waste Management.

Business Daily 16th Nov 2018 read more »

Posted: 18 November 2018

Fusion

China has claimed a breakthrough in the race to develop cheap, clean energy through nuclear fusion, a dream of scientists for decades. The potential of the reaction that occurs in the sun has long been recognised by researchers but they have struggled to recreate the process without putting in more energy than was released. Scientists at the Hefei Institutes of Physical Science say that they have made a big advance towards creating an artificial sun, generating a core temperature of 100 million degrees centigrade, greater control over the reaction and a higher ratio of energy output. The core of the sun is about 15 million degrees centigrade.

Times 17th Nov 2018 read more »

Posted: 17 November 2018

SMRs

As the hubbub of interest and activity surrounds development of small modular reactors (SMRs) hovering between 60 MW and 300 MW, and medium-sized nuclear reactors of under 700 MW, several nuclear technology vendors have quietly been developing micro-reactors—which are of 10 MW or less. According to the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), it’s highly possible that a first-of-its-kind micro-reactor could be successfully deployed at a domestic U.S. defense installation by the end of 2027.

Powermag 1st Nov 2018 read more »

Posted: 16 November 2018

Fusion

We’re just five years away from harnessing almost unlimited power from “miniature suns”, some start-ups say: nuclear fusion reactors that could provide abundant, cheap and clean energy. In a world of global warming caused by our addiction to fossil fuels, there is an urgent need to find sustainable alternative sources of energy. If we don’t, the future looks decidedly bleak for millions of people on this planet: water and food shortages leading to famine and war. Nuclear fusion has long been heralded as a potential answer to our prayers. But it’s always been “thirty years away”, according to the industry joke. Now several start-ups are saying they can make fusion a commercial reality much sooner.

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Posted: 16 November 2018

SMRs

A report commissioned by the UK Government has recommended that subsidies should be extended to small modular reactor technology to help establish a supply chain and reduce technology costs, as has been done for renewables. Small reactors have the potential to reshape the economics of nuclear power, but are they a good candidate for government support? Nuclear policy consultant David Lowry told the Guardian in September: “SMRs are either old, discredited designs repackaged when companies see governments prepared to throw taxpayers’ subsidies to support them, or are exotic new technologies, with decades of research needed before they reach commercial maturity.” This is a contested point, with many believing that given further development they could become economical in little more than a decade. “The report sets out how small reactors can be cost-competitive, and we hope the financial sector will recognise this,” said Haslam. “Small reactors could make a significant contribution to bolstering energy security while tackling climate change, and we hope to see government taking forward the recommendations as soon as possible.”

Power Technology 7th Nov 2018 read more »

Posted: 11 November 2018

SMRs

The development of small modular reactors (SMRs) in the UK took another step forward this week in Coventry, where experts in finance, manufacturing and construction met at a government summit to explore the potential for turning the nascent nuclear technology into a reality by 2030. Speaking at the summit, energy minister Richard Harrington announced plans to help kick start the technology with the launch “in weeks” of a £32m Advanced Manufacturing and Construction Programme for small nuclear reactors.

Business Green 8th Nov 2018 read more »

Posted: 9 November 2018

SMRs

Experts from across the finance, nuclear, construction and manufacturing sectors assembled in Coventry this week (Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 November 2018) to explore taking smaller nuclear reactors from concept to construction. The cutting-edge Manufacturing and Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry will host around 200 delegates from across the UK to discuss the commercialisation of small modular nuclear reactors – innovative small nuclear power stations that could radically reduce the costs associated with the nuclear sector. The first small reactors could be built as soon as 2030, with potential for exports worldwide. To help commercialise these revolutionary reactors, Nuclear Energy Minister Richard Harrington today (Tuesday 6 November) announced the next crucial steps, including: inviting developers to submit design proposals to identify potential risks with proposals early on, reducing investment risks for potential backers setting out a how a £32 million Advanced Manufacturing and Construction Programme will allow companies to bid for funds to test new technologies, ironing out potential flaws before they start producing at scale.

BEIS 6th Nov 2018 read more »

The federal government is at risk of making a “climate change detour” if it decides to build a string of small nuclear reactors, says an Ontario advocacy group against radioactive pollution. the recent United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report warning countries have a little more than 11 years to mitigate the effects of a rapidly warming Earth. “We can’t afford to take this detour right now to enhance the profits of a few multinational private sector nuclear businesses. Every dollar we spend now is important,”

Huffington Post 6th Nov 2018 read more »

Posted: 8 November 2018

SMRs

The UK Government has announced it will be providing £32 million for businesses to test small modular nuclear reactors and bring them to market. The Advanced Manufacturing and Construction Programme will allow companies to bid for a share of the funding and help them commercialise the technology, which could “radically reduce” the costs associated with the nuclear industry. SMRs are smaller than conventional nuclear power station reactors and are designed so a majority of the plant can be built in a factory and transported to site for construction. Developers will also be invited to submit design proposals to identify potential risks with proposals early on, in an effort to reduce investment risks for potential backers. The announcement was made by Nuclear Energy Minister Richard Harrington at the Manufacturing and Technology Centre in Coventry, which hosted experts from across the nuclear, finance, construction and manufacturing sectors to explore the investment opportunities of small modular reactors (SMRs). The first small reactors are expected to be built as early as 2030, with potential for exports worldwide. The UK nuclear regulators – the office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the Environment Agency and natural Resources Wales – will commence Generic Design Assessment (GDA) of new, small reactors next year. With the government expectation that all future designs will go through this process, all interested parties will be able to register interest this year with BEIS, and applications for GDA entry will be accepted for review by government from early next year.

Energy Live News 6th Nov 2018 read more »

Posted: 7 November 2018

Floating Nuclear

Scientists launch 50ft nuclear reactor dubbed ‘floating CHERNOBYL’.

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Posted: 6 November 2018

Thorium

A resurgence in nuclear technology: liquid fluoride thorium reactors, or LFTRs (“lifters”). A LFTR is a type of molten salt reactor, significantly safer than a typical nuclear reactor. LFTRs use a combination of thorium (a common element widely found in the earth) and fluoride salts to power a reactor.

Power Engineering 5th Nov 2018 read more »

Posted: 6 November 2018