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Research and Development


Could Fusion Energy Transform the Power Industry By 2035?

Fusion occurs when two atoms slam together to form a heavier atom, such as when two hydrogen atoms fuse to form one helium atom. A tremendous amount of energy is…



Breakthrough: NET Power’s Allam Cycle Test Facility Delivers First Power to ERCOT Grid

NET Power, developer of the novel Allam-Fetvedt supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) power cycle, says its 50-MWth test facility in La Porte, Texas, delivered power to the grid overnight on Nov. 16.…


Coal Plant Site Unveiled for 500-MW Natrium Advanced Nuclear Pilot

A site at PacifiCorp’s retiring 600-MW coal and gas–fired Naughton Power Plant in Kemmerer, Wyoming, will house the Natrium demonstration, a pioneering commercial-scale 500-MW project that will pair a 345-MW sodium-cooled…


Thorium-Fueled Reactors Offer Huge Potential Benefits for the Nuclear Power Industry

Nuclear power opponents often point to radioactive waste as one of their main concerns. However, most people don’t realize that problems associated with long-lived waste can actually be solved in…


Industry’s First Complete Accident-Tolerant Nuclear Assembly in Operation at Calvert Cliffs

The first complete accident-tolerant fuel (ATF) assembly is now operational at Exelon’s Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant Unit 2 in Maryland, bringing an industry-led quest to accelerate commercialization of the…


Quick-Mounted Lightweight Tower for Emergency Work on Power Lines

We have all experienced power outages; accidents, alas, do happen. The length of time it takes to restore the power supply always comes to the fore, because in addition to…