Nuclear Energy
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11/20/2017

This month, NASA will begin tests on a prototype of the Kilopower reactor, which could help power engines for Mars missions. The testing will take place at the Energy Department's Nevada National Security Site in a vacuum environment.

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11/20/2017

Remote-controlled robots have found the uranium fuel that escaped from reactors at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant after being damaged by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

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11/17/2017

The Transient Reactor Test Facility at the Idaho National Laboratory has restarted operations, according to the Energy Department. The nuclear fuel testing facility had been on standby since 1994.

11/17/2017

The Energy Department has restarted the Transient Reactor Test Facility at the Idaho National Laboratory to support nuclear energy revitalization in the US, according to Ed McGinnis, principal deputy assistant secretary for nuclear energy. "By investing in innovative fuel cycle infrastructure, we can advance nuclear as a key source of clean, resilient power and maintain US leadership in developing advanced nuclear technologies," McGinnis said.

11/17/2017

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering the possibility of new emergency preparedness requirements for small modular reactors, non-light-water reactors and other new technologies. The NRC's basis document states that the designs "typically have lower probabilities of severe accidents because of their smaller size or innovative safety features, which would also likely lower impacts to public health and safety from any radiological emergency."

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Utility Dive
11/17/2017

Interim market rules that would allow full cost recovery and a return on investment for nuclear energy and coal generators could be put in place without changing market behavior, according to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee. The interim step could include a limitation that would force utilities "to bid in their costs so that ... they're not getting an advantage from that cost recovery," Chatterjee said.

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S&P Global Platts
11/17/2017

Emirates Nuclear Energy and Korean Electric Power have completed the installation of Barakah Unit 3's reactor containment building liner dome section and concrete pouring for the dome. Barakah Unit 1 is now 96% complete, while overall construction of all four units at the plant has surpassed 84% completion.

11/17/2017

China General Nuclear Power and Electricite de France have completed the first assessment stage for new nuclear reactor technology that could be used at a new nuclear plant in Essex. The technology is being developed by General Nuclear Services, a partnership between the two utilities.

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Reuters
11/16/2017

The ability to be innovative doesn't always come naturally, but it can be learned, writes LaRae Quy. Be curious, seek out innovative people and situations and take risks when you can.

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11/16/2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry's proposal to compensate nuclear plants and coal plants in order to keep them running is a good idea, writes East-West Strategic Advisors Managing Partner Mike Moore. "Some have said this would cost too much, but the alternative is heightened risk of a catastrophic energy disruption, which we definitely cannot afford," Moore writes.

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The Hill