BEIS appoints new UK atomic energy authority board members

The UKAEA leads the commercial development of fusion power and related technology

US restarts nuclear test reactor after 23 years

A nuclear energy facility which tests reactor fuels and materials under extreme conditions has been restarted in the US. The Transient Reactor Test Facility (TREAT) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) started operations in 1959 and conducted thousands of experiments until it was shut down and maintained in standby status since 1994. TREAT can produce sudden […]

‘Mini-reactors could decarbonise more cheaply’

  Small-scale nuclear reactors are needed for the UK to decarbonise affordably and within a suitable timeframe. That’s according to David Orr, Senior Vice President for Nuclear Rolls Royce, who says small modular reactors (SMRs) would be better suited than large-scale nuclear power stations in providing baseload capacity as large volumes of intermittent renewables come […]

UAE inks nuclear power pacts with UK and Canada

The UAE has signed two international co-operation agreements on nuclear energy with the UK and Canada. They will exchange information on matters related to the safe and peaceful use of nuclear power as well as regulations, construction, operation and decommissioning of power plants. The agreements were signed with the UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation and […]

China’s CGN eyes second nuclear power deal in UK

A Chinese nuclear energy developer is exploring a bid to invest in a nuclear power station under construction in Cumbria. CGN, which already owns a large stake in the Hinkley Point C facility, hopes to buy an equity stake in Toshiba’s 3.4GW NuGen Moorside project. A CGN spokesperson said: “CGN has accepted the invitation to […]

Massive blackout revives nuclear energy discussions in Taiwan

A blackout which affected around 6.6 million homes and businesses in Taiwan last week has revived discussions around nuclear energy. It was caused by a blunder at the nation’s biggest gas-fired power plant on 15th August, following which Economy Minister Chih-Kung Lee resigned. The incident at CPC Corporation’s Tatan power plant, which accounts for almost […]

US invests $67m to advance nuclear energy tech

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is providing nearly $67 million (£52.4m) for nuclear energy research and development. A total of 85 projects in 28 states will share the funding that is expected to help advance innovative nuclear technologies. They include grants for university research reactor and infrastructure improvements providing important safety and performance upgrades […]

Horizon seeks views on latest proposals for Welsh nuclear plant

A third formal consultation on the latest proposals for a Welsh nuclear power station has been launched. Horizon Nuclear Power is seeking views on Wylfa Newydd, a multi-billion pound nuclear power station on Anglesey. The proposal is for two nuclear reactors with a minimum generating capacity of 2,700MW. It is presenting a more compact design […]

Switzerland votes nuclear out, renewables in

Switzerland has voted to phase out nuclear power in favour of renewable energy. A public referendum decided to adopt an energy plan that will eventually replace all nuclear energy with solar, wind and hydropower generation. Swiss voters passed the energy plan with a more than 58% majority in support. There’s currently no timeframe for the nuclear shutdown but the process is expected to begin in […]

Argentina and Romania join nuclear group

Argentina and Romania are to become full members of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). Both nations are active players in the nuclear sector, have well established relationships with the NEA and have significant research capacities. The agency, which is part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), expects the deal to be mutually beneficial in a number […]