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NuScale targets SMR staff costs below nuclear industry average

May 2, 2018

Component standardization, simplicity, and automation in NuScale Power’s IPWR design should reduce operational staff count to around 0.7 staff per MW, Ross Snuggerud, NuScale’s Senior...

Nuclear hydrogen economics could favor small modular designs

May 2, 2018

High temperatures and operational flexibility could position small modular reactors (SMRs) at the heart of the growing hydrogen market, experts told Nuclear Energy Insider.

GE Hitachi chases gas plant displacement with new 300 MW reactor

Apr 18, 2018

The capital cost of GE Hitachi’s BWRX-300 boiling water reactor is estimated to be up to 50% lower than other light water reactor SMRs while operations and maintenance (O&M) costs...

NuScale eyes first SMR module by 2020 as licensing hits year 1 targets

Apr 18, 2018

A year in, NuScale's SMR design license review remains "on or ahead of schedule" and the developer plans to select its preferred supplier group for the module...

SMR heat supply sales hinge on storage, power switching efficiency

Apr 4, 2018

Storage efficiency, power-heat switching capability and infrastructure readiness will be key drivers of advanced reactor deployment in district heating networks, small modular reactor...

Bruce Power to lead SMR work group as Canada builds business case

Mar 21, 2018

Nuclear operator Bruce Power is to co-chair a regulatory readiness working group and expand its knowledge of small modular reactor (SMR) technology as part of the Canadian government...

UK deep waste developer must expand industry talks to avoid delays

Mar 21, 2018

The UK’s new consent-based siting process for a geological disposal facility (GDF) for nuclear waste must be supplemented with appropriate funding support and industry collaboration to...

Rolls-Royce SMR to use on-site 'factories' to hit 60 pounds/MWh

Mar 7, 2018

Rolls Royce has minimized R&D needs to lower first of a kind (FOAK) risks and foresees modular build gains of up to 15% in line with aerospace, shipbuilding experience, David Orr,...

UK operators call for clearer waste rules to unlock supply chain gains

Mar 7, 2018

Clearer UK policy on nuclear waste classification and industry standardization could open up new waste routes and wipe billions off the U.K.’s decommissioning bill, industry...

US urged to fast track step-by-step reactor licensing to control costs

Feb 21, 2018

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission should accelerate implementation of an incremental licensing process for non-light water reactors to reduce development risks and curb an exodus...


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