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1/24/2022

2022 is shaping up to be a good year for the nuclear industry, characterized by growth and opportunity as well as some challenges, according to a group of community leaders who shared their predictions for the future. "In 2022, we will continue to see unprecedented opportunity in nuclear energy starting with the phenomenal job professor Katy Huff is doing leading the Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy," predicts Nicholas Brown, chair of the American Nuclear Society's Nuclear Installations Safety Division.

1/24/2022

Augusta University worked with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions to give high-school students an opportunity to learn about nuclear science careers and apply their problem-solving skills to a real-world challenge. The students worked with volunteer SRNS engineers to come up with secure, cost-effective options for transporting nearly 3,000 construction workers to and from the Savannah River Plutonium Processing Facility at the Savannah River Site and presented their solutions in December.

1/24/2022

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology approved a bipartisan bill last week that would provide $55 million in annual funding over five years to upgrade university nuclear science and engineering infrastructure and support efforts to develop and deploy advanced nuclear technology. The bill is still a long way from becoming law, however, and could face additional changes in the Senate.

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1/24/2022

Berkshire Hathaway Energy-owned utility MidAmerican Energy plans to add 2,042 megawatts of wind generation and 50 megawatts of solar generation, and study small modular reactors, carbon capture and other clean energy technologies as part of a proposed $3.9 billion project in Iowa. "MidAmerican's Wind PRIME is a commitment and investment on a whole new level, cementing Iowa's clean energy leadership for many years to come," said Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.

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1/24/2022

Swedish power company OKG has signed a contract to supply hydrogen from its Oskarshamn nuclear power plant to industrial gas company Linde Gas, marking its first such agreement. The first delivery will be completed early this year.

1/24/2022

Unexpected outages at five of EDF's 56 operational nuclear reactors due to technical issues, such as corrosion and cracks, will reduce France's nuclear production and nuclear power exports to neighboring countries, which threatens to exacerbate Europe's worst energy crisis in five decades. "The French nuclear industry used to be at the forefront globally, which isn't the case any more," said Nicolas Leclerc, co-founder of energy consultancy Omnegy.

1/21/2022

The quest for fusion power has made significant progress in the past decade, and the billions of dollars worth of capital raised in 2021 positions private players to build on that momentum and extend the technology to applications beyond power plant development, such as health care and industrial inspection. On the regulatory front, fusion should enjoy a more streamlined process because unlike fission, "we don't have long-lived waste" and "we don't have the same levels of risks," said General Fusion Chief Financial Officer Greg Twinney.

1/21/2022

During a tour of the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee highlighted the benefits of nuclear power and vowed to support the TVA's plans to deploy small modular reactors. "From the state's perspective, anything that we can do to support this predictable, low-cost and clean energy production is going to be important for Tennessee, particularly from an economic development standpoint," Lee said.

1/21/2022

A bill that would create a framework for introducing small modular reactors to Indiana cleared the state's Senate Utilities Committee on Thursday and now heads to the full Senate for consideration. Nuclear supporters told the committee that SMRs could be suitable for deployment at the sites of retiring coal plants and could help persuade more power-intensive businesses to come to the state.

1/21/2022

Scientists at three Energy Department laboratories are carrying out modeling and laboratory experiments as part of the HotBENT international research project, which is looking into how exposure to long-term heat emitted by underground nuclear waste affects bentonite clay, and whether it could be a suitable buffer for waste canisters. "It's important to analyze a range of conditions such as possible host rock materials like the granite, clay rocks, and so on to inform decisions about the most suitable underground location for these nuclear repositories," said Berkeley Lab lead scientist LianGe Zheng.

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