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UK funding spurs advanced reactor R&D but application outlook needed

Jul 18, 2018

New funding measures for advanced reactor research and manufacturing will help the UK retain and grow its nuclear expertise and signals support for a widening range of SMR applications...

NuScale engineers eye further SMR savings after 20% capacity boost

Jul 5, 2018

Engineering research which drove last month’s 20% increase in module capacity has identified additional potential cost savings, Tom Mundy, Chief Commercial Officer for NuScale Power,...

Westinghouse adapts reactor saws as Germany deal tests scaling gains

Jun 20, 2018

A six-reactor segmentation contract in Germany has doubled Westinghouse's ongoing reactor dismantling portfolio in Europe and the group is manufacturing new mechanical cutting...

Nuclear build costs could fall by over 35% using global learnings

Jun 6, 2018

New nuclear plants could become competitive in Europe and North America if developers prioritize labor deployment, project governance and other drivers which have slashed costs in Asia...

EDF ramps up nuclear decommissioning efficiency with eyes on Europe

Jun 6, 2018

As France's EDF expands into new decommissioning markets, learnings at the group's first pressurized water reactor dismantling is informing new cutting, tooling and waste...

Ontario Power Generation predicts SMR openings in booming mining sectors

May 16, 2018

Demand from Canada's mining sector could support a fleet of cost-effective small modular reactors (SMRs), including up to 2 GW of capacity in Ontario's Ring of Fire...

Westinghouse set for 3D, scaling savings in six-reactor dismantling deal

May 16, 2018

New 3D models will accelerate the dismantling and packaging of Unterweser reactor internals and learnings will be rolled out across five other upcoming projects in Germany, project...

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...

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