Industry Insight

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 and shipbuilding experience, David...

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...

New contract metrics, industry clusters set to cut UK decommissioning costs

Feb 21, 2018

Output-based decommissioning procurement will drive the UK towards 20% cost reductions by 2030 but tenders must remove barriers to smaller companies to aid supply chain growth,...

Mini reactor builders eye fleet savings to supply Canada's icy north

Feb 7, 2018

Very small modular reactor (VSMR) developers must maximize economies of series and centralize plant construction and operations to make nuclear power competitive in northern Canada,...

Canada VSMR developers urged to pitch heat advantage in local talks

Feb 7, 2018

Very small modular reactor (VSMR) developers must demonstrate power and heat advantages and plan economic partnerships with local groups to penetrate Northern Canada's remote...

US reactor closure rules set to yield ‘millions’ in savings

Jan 24, 2018

New regulations which remove post-shutdown exemption requirements will accelerate the transition to dismantling, reducing staffing costs and boosting decommissioning funds, plant...

Nuclear plant inspection trials reveal machine learning gains

Jan 24, 2018

Researchers are using advanced analytics programs to increase the accuracy and shorten the duration of reactor examinations ahead of real-life data tests.

Nuclear cyber security research sharpens digital upgrade valuations

Jan 10, 2018

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is preparing to release a new risk-informed cyber security methodology and an improved documentation process to improve supply chain...

Nuclear cost study captures global learnings as UK targets 30% cuts

Dec 13, 2017

A new study of global nuclear plant costs is seeking to maximize learnings from Asian and Russian construction efficiencies using an evidence-based approach which drove cost reductions...