Industry Insight

Saskatchewan nuclear secretariat to study economic impact of SMRs

Jul 7, 2020

The sparsely-populated Canadian province of Saskatchewan is creating an around five-person secretariat to examine the potential of small modular reactors (SMRs) and the economic impact...

European operators look abroad to solve supply chain troubles

Jun 23, 2020

Aging European nuclear power plants need parts to run safely and efficiently but a disjointed supply chain and uncoordinated regulatory environment means even the simplest valve change...

Fusion pioneers say tech will beat many SMRs to market

Jun 23, 2020

Fusion technology, boosted by a jump in private investment, will be commercially viable within the next 10 to 15 years, say scientists and startups working on the fast-developing...

COVID-19 response fast-tracks new maintenance strategies

Jun 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has put on hold plans around the world but some scheduled activities, like maintenance, refueling or decommissioning of a nuclear power plant, can’t wait and...

Digital twin projects look to slash nuclear O&M costs

Jun 9, 2020

Nine projects, financed by the U.S. Department of Energy, aim to decimate operations and maintenance (O&M) costs in the next generation of advanced nuclear reactors.

US program seeks two commercially viable advanced reactors

May 27, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP) is calling on participants to demonstrate two fully-operational advanced nuclear reactors within five to...

New tech key for Bruce Power MCR project

May 26, 2020

Vision positioning, automation, and robotics technology, as well as finding and training a highly specialized and skilled workforce, have been vital in keeping Bruce Power’s Major...

Moltex Energy, CNL explore innovative waste conversion tech for SSR

May 13, 2020

United-Kingdom/Canada-based Moltex Energy has begun the latest phase in its drive to develop its waste burner Stable Salt Reactor (SSR) after an agreement with Canadian Nuclear...

First ever 3D-printed component installed in reactor core

May 12, 2020

U.S.-based nuclear power group Westinghouse Electric Company installed a first-of-a-kind 3D-printed fuel component in a nuclear reactor in April as additive manufacturing technology...

Robots face nuclear challenge in European project

Apr 28, 2020

The project will focus on inspection and maintenance robotics and establish 13 Digital Innovation Hubs across a range of industries with the nuclear element seeking solutions for...