Bulgaria to consider U.S. technology for new Kozloduy nuclear reactor

FILE PHOTO: A company logo of Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant is seen at the plant entrance, some 200 km (124 miles) north of Sofia, March 17, 2010. REUTERS/Oleg Popov

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria will consider using U.S. technology for a new nuclear reactor it wants to build at the country’s 2,000 megawatt Kozloduy nuclear power plant, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said on Tuesday.

Borissov said the Balkan country was looking to diversify its nuclear energy assets and cut greenhouse emissions by building a new reactor based on modern technology that will work with U.S. nuclear energy fuel.

The government is expected to give its nod on Wednesday to a study that will explore the options for building new nuclear assets at the Kozloduy site, the energy ministry said.

At present, Bulgaria operates two Soviet-made nuclear reactors, Unit 5 and Unit 6, at its Kozloduy plant and is seeking investors for

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America’s First Nuclear Fusion Reactor Could Go Online in 2025

In 2014, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) shocked the world with the announcement that it was building a nuclear fusion reactor and planned to have it online “in as little as ten years.” Five years later, Lockheed confirmed that it is still working on the project — but had made very little progress in nuclear fusion energy.



a person standing in front of a building: America's First Nuclear Fusion Reactor Could Go Online in 2025


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America’s First Nuclear Fusion Reactor Could Go Online in 2025

Now it sounds like MIT may beat them to it.



a person standing in front of a building: Workers building the MIT SPARC reactor.


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Workers building the MIT SPARC reactor.

The SPARC of an idea

On the opposite side of the country from the fabled Skunk Works, which is working on LockMart’s version of the reactor, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Plasma Science and Fusion Center are working on a compact fusion reactor of their own, reports The New York Times. Within the next three to

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Small Nuclear Reactor Pilot Program: NuScale Tiny Reactor Project

  • Two of 35 cities have opted out of a pilot nuclear plant program powered by NuScale.
  • NuScale’s tiny modular reactors will be manufactured at Idaho National Laboratory.
  • Time will tell if these two opt-outs hold larger meaning for NuScale’s ambitious plans.

    Small modular reactor startup NuScale had a setback this week when two cities pulled out of a planned 35-city pilot program of new nuclear plants. As the first small reactor to break through many regulatory landmarks, NuScale has been under a great deal of public scrutiny. Is this a bump in the road or something more? That’s a question of perspective.

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    Nuclear power plants in the U.S. from the current generation are aging out, reaching “end of life” and beyond for the kind of technology they include. China is continuing to add gigantic nuclear power plants

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    Scientists developing a compact version of a nuclear fusion reactor have shown in a series of research papers that it should work, renewing hopes that the long-elusive goal of mimicking the way the sun produces energy might be achieved and eventually contribute to the fight against climate change.

    Construction of a reactor, called Sparc, which is being developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a spinoff company, Commonwealth Fusion Systems, is expected to begin next spring and take three or four years, the researchers and company officials said.

    Although many significant challenges remain, the company said construction would be followed by testing and, if successful, building of a power plant that could use fusion energy to generate electricity, beginning in the next decade.

    This ambitious timetable is far faster than that of the world’s largest fusion-power project, a multinational effort in Southern France called ITER, for International

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    For decades, nuclear engineers have dreamt up new formulas, shapes and sizes for the radioactive fuel that powers the reactors of the world’s nuclear power plants (our greatest source of zer0-carbon electric power). Today most of what’s used for reactor fuel is enriched uranium. In the future, it’s looking ever more likely that fuel compositions will shift toward the very promising thorium.

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    With

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