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NuScale completes upper module mockup of small nuclear reactor


NuScale Power LLC said it completed fabrication and assembly of a full-scale, upper module mockup of its NuScale Power Module (NPM).

Farley nuclear power plant goes offline for scheduled outage


Workers at the Farley nuclear power plant in Alabama took Unit 1 offline for a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage.

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy dedicates reactor training area


GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) dedicated its new boiling water reactor under-vessel training area in North Carolina.

Emerson awarded $76mn ultrasupercritical coal-fired automation project


Emerson Process Management, a subsidiary of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), was awarded a $76 million contract to automate a 910-MW generating unit at an ultrasupercritical coal-fired power plant in Poland.

Technology to look inside Fukushima reactors faces challenge


The cutting-edge technology was billed as a way to decipher where exactly the morass of nuclear fuel might sit at the bottom of reactors in the Japanese power plant that went into multiple meltdowns four years ago.

Report: WIPP radiation leak caused by “incompatible” contents


The U.S. Department of Energy said one drum was the source of a radiation leak inside the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.

Video: 9HA.01 Gas Turbine Testing Nears Completion


In Monte Atwell’s world, opportunities are created when things break down. Over the last four months, Atwell and a team of engineers in Greenville, South Carolina, have been testing one of GE’s latest innovations – the 9HA.01 air-cooled gas turbine. The 866,000-pound machine promises to provide power producers the flexibility, efficiency and speed they need to accommodate the increasing use of intermittent wind and solar power.

Entergy completes outage & overhaul at Indian Point 3 nuclear unit


Entergy (NYSE: ETR) completed a $50 million overhaul and refueling outage at the Indian Point 3 nuclear power plant in New York.

Duke Energy to appeal $25M fine by N.C. environmental regulators


Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) will appeal a $25.1 million penalty, imposed by North Carolina environmental regulators, over groundwater violations at the retired L.V. Sutton Steam Electric Plant.

Japan audit: Millions of dollars wasted in Fukushima cleanup


Japanese government auditors say the operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has wasted more than a third of the 190 billion yen ($1.6 billion) in taxpayer money allocated for cleaning up the plant after it was destroyed by a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Regulators meeting about SC, Georgia nuclear projects


Federal regulators are meeting to talk about inspection and testing at separate nuclear construction projects in South Carolina and Georgia.

TEPCO: Fukushima nuclear Unit 1 did melt down in 2011 accident


The Tokyo Electric Power Corp. says Unit 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant did, in fact, meltdown during the 2011 accident.

Sendai nuclear Unit 1 another step closer to restart


Unit 1 at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan gained approval for plant upgrades made to meet standards set after the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Martin Drake coal-fired power plant resumes operations after fire


Salem 1 nuclear unit taken offline after missed deadline


PSEG removed the Salem 1 nuclear power unit in New Jersey from operation because the company missed a deadline to restart a containment fan cooler unit.

Two Chinese nuclear reactors reach project milestones


Two nuclear power reactors in China were connected to the power grid and achieved first criticality.

Nuclear safety modernization project to be finished by year-end 2015


A safety modernization program at a Swedish nuclear power unit is expected for completion by the end of 2015.

Nuclear reactor in Brazil reconnects to power grid


A nuclear power reactor in Brazil restarted after it was shut down for almost a month.

Video: ORNL microscopy directly images problematic lithium dendrites in batteries


Scientists at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have captured the first real-time nanoscale images of lithium dendrite structures known to degrade lithium-ion batteries.

Duke Energy fined $25 million over coal ash pollution


North Carolina environmental officials say they're fining Duke Energy $25 million over pollution that has been seeping into groundwater for years from a pair of coal ash pits at a retired power plant.