Increasing access to electricity and powering economies while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions are central goals of many governments, and advanced nuclear power reactor designs, including small modular reactors (SMRs), can play a crucial role in meeting these goals. However, novel approaches to their design and deployment pose challenges to the existing regulatory framework. Although the IAEA safety standards – which serve as a global reference for protecting people and the environment from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation – can generally be applied to SMRs, experts from the SMR Regulators’ Forum are working on a tailor-made solution to help national authorities regulate this new class of nuclear power reactors.
IAEA 22nd April 2020 read more »
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has entered into a collaboration agreement with UK-based Moltex Energy. Funded through CNL’s Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative (CNRI), the agreement includes work to support aspects of Moltex Energy’s nuclear fuel development programme for its Stable Salt Reactor, a 300 MWe small modular reactor (SMR) design.
World Nuclear News 24th April 2020 read more »