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First Indian fast breeder reactor to attain criticality in the coming months

Nuclear Asia
The fuel loading of India’s first Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR), Bhavini, is progressing towards completion, while its attaining criticality is expected in the coming months, according to an official announcement.

First batch of pipeline valves for India’s Kudankulam nuclear plant units 5, 6 shipped from Russia

Nuclear Asia
The first batch of pipeline valves for the under construction units 5 and 6 of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu state has been shipped from the manufacturing facility in Russia, according to the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom.

Indian scientists decode new class of materials for energy harvesting, power generation

Scientists from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) Bengaluru, an autonomous institution under the Department of Science & Technology (DST), on Thursday provided ground breaking insights into a new class of materials for energy harvesting and power generation.

Japan’s nuclear regulator allows extending operations for 2 aging units of Takahama NPP

Nuclear Asia
With nuclear power emerging as a crucial technology amidst the global climate crisis, Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) late last month approved the operation of the aging units 3 and 4 at the Takahama nuclear power plant (NPP) in Fukui prefecture for a further 20 years.

2024 global investment in clean energy at $2 trillion is double that in fossil fuels: IEA

Nuclear Asia
Total investments worldwide on clean energy technologies and infrastructure, including renewables, nuclear power, electric vehicles (EVs), grids, storage, low-emissions fuels and energy efficiency improvements is expected to touch $2 trillion in 2024, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

South Korea to invest $1.8 billion in next generation nuclear power reactors

South Korea will invest 2.5 trillion won ($1.8 billion) in developing next-generation nuclear reactor technologies by 2034, the country’s Science Ministry has said.

Russia agrees to build nuclear plant with 6 small modular reactors in Uzbekistan

Nuclear Asia
Russia has agreed to build a nuclear power plant comprising a series of small modular reactors (SMRs) in the central Asian republic of Uzbekistan, which will be the first project of its kind in the region, according to the Russian state atomic agency corporation Rosatom.

First tier of inner containment structure installed at unit 1 of Egypt’s first nuclear plant

Nuclear Asia
The construction of first tier of the inner containment structure of unit 1 has been completed at the first nuclear power plant (NPP) in Egypt being built at El Dabaa, according to an announcement by the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom.

Russia ready to assist in setting up additional nuclear power units in India

Nuclear Asia
Russia is ready to collaborate with India in the construction of high-capacity nuclear power units at a new site in India, in addition to the ongoing cooperation at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu state, according to the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom.

License for world’s first production line of uranium-plutonium nitride (MUPN) fuel

Nuclear Asia
An operating license for the world’s first production line for the innovative mixed uranium-plutonium nitride (MUPN) fuel has been obtained by the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom, the company announced late last month.