Weekly News Roundup – Tuesday 18th January

We round up the recent news and updates from the world of Nuclear.

Brazil looks to nuclear expansion, from World Nuclear News: “Brazil has begun a process to identify sites for the new nuclear power units it plans to have in operation by 2050. The Ministry of Mines and Energy has secured cooperation of specialists at Cepel for a siting study.”

Nuclear energy is needed ‘now more than ever’ says Anglesey council leader Llinos Medi, from Wales Online: “A council leader has said that she supports the need for nuclear energy development in Wales, despite going against her political party, Plaid Cymru’s policy. Llinos Medi, who has been the leader of the Isle of Anglesey County Council since 2013, argued that the conversation and understanding on the need to develop nuclear energy on the island was missing.”

Energy from nuclear fusion just got a little bit more feasible, from Popular Science: “China’s Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), a nuclear reactor that is part of the country’s “artificial sun” project, sustained a nuclear fusion reaction for a little over 17 minutes. Superheated plasma reached 126 million degrees Fahrenheit, five times hotter than the sun, the Smithsonian reported. The exciting news comes in light of many wealthy countries pushing for lower emissions and cleaner, renewable energy sources.”

IEA report on Canada welcomes SMR developments, from Nuclear Engineering International: “The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) Canada 2022: Energy Policy Review has found that, since the last IEA review in 2015, Canada has made a series of enterprising international and domestic commitments and has made progress towards transforming its energy system.”

US agency sets out 2022 cleanup priorities, from World Nuclear News: “The US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) has set out its key priorities for 2022 as it pursues its mission to achieve the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from decades of US nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.”