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The 12th annual Modeling, Experimentation, and Validation (MeV) Summer School will be organized by Argonne National Laboratory and held virtually from July 19-30, 2021.
 
This year’s theme is “Holistic Innovation: Integrating Methods, Experiments, and People to Advance Nuclear Technology.”
 
The announcement can be viewed and downloaded by clicking the flyer image below. We respectfully ask that you forward this information to students and colleagues that would benefit from the school or help distribute this information throughout your institution.
 
Information and online application instructions are available in the flyer and on the school’s website at mevschool.net.
 
The deadline for applications is March 30, 2020.
 
2021 MeV Summer School Organizing Committee
Florent Heidet, ANL Dean
Tyler J. Gerczak, ORNL Dean
Curtis Smith, INL Dean
7/19/2021
  
In Service Inspection is a major challenge to consider for future Generation IV Reactors safety. Therefore, a large focus of R&D work has been performed since 2010 in France for the Sodium Fast Reactor systems (SFR), mainly dedicated to the inspection of reactor block structures, primary components and circuits, and Power Conversion System main components (Heat Exchangers). In Service Inspection requirements have to be taken into account since the early preconceptual design phase, then consolidated through the basic design phase with more detailed specifications leading to increase the inspection tools ability for immersed sodium structures of SFRs, at about 200°C (shut down conditions). Inspection within the main vessel should be performed either with transducers immersed in sodium (with associated in sodium robotics) and with transducers located out of sodium medium. Nondestructive Examination, Telemetry and Imaging are qualified with experimental in-water and then in-sodium testing, using
ultrasonic transducers. Experimental results are then compared to simulations using French CIVA software platform results. Repair was also part of this program, with laser system development. This webinar provides a technical overview of this
ISI&R program that involves specific international collaborations done through GENIV mainly. Of course, it also benefits to other Gen4 systems.

Register NOW at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8593664549162869259
6/24/2021
  
A webinar series to understand the road that was taken to arrive at the current regulatory framework.

For more information and to register please go to: https://gain.inl.gov/SitePages/RegulatoryWebinarSeries.aspx

6/1/2021
  
Application Deadline for Cycle 2021-1 of the Industry Funding Opportunity Announce (FOA) Extended to May 28, 2021

Click on this link or Additional Information: https://www.id.energy.gov/NEWS/FOA/FOAOpportunities/FOA.htm
5/28/2021
  
Join the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) Program and the Nuclear Energy Institute for an in-depth dialogue about the VTR’s essential role in expanding the US’ world class research capabilities and supporting the next generation of nuclear power to help achieve a clean energy future.

For more information and to register go to: https://inl.gov/vtr/the-race-to-decarbonization/
5/26/2021
  
The development of critical design criteria for new advanced reactor systems, components, and materials requires an understanding of both fabrication and the irradiation environment during normal operating and accident conditions. Next-generation researchers and designers are therefore challenged not only by demands for improved performance, they must also work to shorten the development and commercialization lifecycle for new nuclear reactors and systems to remain competitive. This provides unique and exciting opportunities for all contributors to this field of study. This presentation will offer a strategic overview of the impact that advanced manufacturing has on the lifecycle of new generation reactors. By evaluating state-of-the-art practices found in other large manufacturing industries, this presentation provides an overview of major innovation areas that are considered to benefit the GEN-IV systems (SFR, GFR, LFR, FSMR...). Synergetic advanced manufacturing approaches beneficial to the collective GEN-IV systems, with some examples of differentiating approaches necessary for specific reactor designs, are discussed. Furthermore, new paradigms in licensing approaches for additively manufactured parts will be discussed.

REGISTER HERE: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1542507475351191563
5/25/2021
  
WASHINGTON – The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) invites you to a webinar on Wednesday, May 19th about the release of a new report “Unlocking Advanced Nuclear Innovation: The Role of Fee Reform and Public Investment.” As multiple advanced reactor vendors enter the licensing process to build first-of-a-kind demonstration projects, issues with the NRC's current user fee cost recovery model could slow innovation and raise regulatory costs. Importantly, reliance on applicant fees limits the ability of the NRC to hire and train staff ahead of expected applications, reducing regulatory efficiency.
 
NIA's new report explores the history of the fee system, identifies how the fee model can inhibit advanced nuclear innovation, and compares to regulatory models in other industries and countries. It includes recommendations to strenghten the NRC, reduce barriers for advanced reactor applicants, and to ensure advanced reactors can provide a timely contribution to climate mitigation.
 
The webinar will consist of a virtual panel discussion moderated by former NRC Commissioner Stephen Burns, Senior Fellow at Third Way, with panelists Alex Gilbert of the Nuclear Innovation Alliance, Caroline Cochran of Oklo, and Peter Hastings of Kairos Power. The webinar will discuss the report and its findings, as well as discuss the impacts of user fees on advanced nuclear innovation more broadly.
 
You can register for the webinar at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HaFBGszzQ0a-zgtl8jdnPw
5/19/2021
  
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Reactor Fleet and Advanced Reactor Deployment is working to establish a new program, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies (AMMT), to strengthen the pipeline of new materials that can make the current fleet, as well as new advanced reactors, more resilient and more economically competitive.  To effectively pursue the areas of highest priority and greatest impact, the Department is seeking your input on the survey found at the link below:
https://inlhrfedramp.gov1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebXZ3WtDKVxGVqS
 
The survey has 33 questions covering material and manufacturing processes.  We respectfully request that you provide as much detailed information as practical by May 10, 2021. The AMMT program will use the information provided to prioritize its near and long-term efforts.  All data provided will be maintained in a secure system. 
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at AMMT@nuclear.energy.gov or call one of the phone numbers shown below:
Dirk Cairns-Gallimore (AMMT Program Manager): 202-360-3347
Isabella Van Rooyen (AMMT National Technical Director): 208-313-3162
 
We appreciate your support in this effort.  Please forward this message to others who may have an interest in this topic.
 
Sincerely,
The AMMT Team
5/10/2021
  
Reimagining Energy
**​Explore the evolving role of various energy sources and the new uses enabled by innovation. Future energy systems will be sourced with a sustainable supply chain. Imagine a future of energy that is more integrated and customized to local needs. Our speakers will share how thinking far into the future is shaping their work today.

REGISTER AT: https://gain.inl.gov/SitePages/ShapingOurCarbonFreeFutureWebinarSeries.aspx
4/20/2021
  

Idaho National Laboratory and the National University Consortium are organizing a virtual workshop series focused on topics related to the Fission Battery Initiative. The initiative envisions Developing technologies that enable nuclear reactor systems to function as batteries (see attached invitation for more details on the initiative).

These workshops will provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss the research and development needed to establish technologies that can fully achieve battery-like functionality for nuclear energy systems.

The topics and dates of each workshop are listed below, along with a link to register. The final agenda and list of speakers will be released closer to the workshop dates.

Registration is required to attend; please note that each day requires a separate registration. Upon registering you will receive a calendar notice via email which includes the live link for the virtual meeting.

Register Here:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7989166248159943952
4/16/2021
  
This is an Invitation Only Workshop.
​​​The purpose of this stakeholder meeting is to:
  *​​ Receive industry feedback on the technical work in the DOE-NE Advanced Reactor Safeguards (ARS) Program.
​​  * Inform program research and development related to material control and accountability, and physical protection for advanced reactors.

For more information please check it out here: https://gain.inl.gov/SitePages/2021-April_SafeguardsAndSecurityWorkshop.aspx
4/13/2021
  

Idaho National Laboratory and the National University Consortium are organizing a virtual workshop series focused on topics related to the Fission Battery Initiative. The initiative envisions Developing technologies that enable nuclear reactor systems to function as batteries (see attached invitation for more details on the initiative).

These workshops will provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss the research and development needed to establish technologies that can fully achieve battery-like functionality for nuclear energy systems.

The topics and dates of each workshop are listed below, along with a link to register. The final agenda and list of speakers will be released closer to the workshop dates.

Registration is required to attend; please note that each day requires a separate registration. Upon registering you will receive a calendar notice via email which includes the live link for the virtual meeting.

Register Here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8736140363210465808
4/2/2021
  
A webinar series to understand the road that was taken to arrive at the current regulatory framework to navigate future paths to successful deployment.

REGISTER HERE: https://gain.inl.gov/SitePages/RegulatoryWebinarSeries.aspx
3/31/2021
  
The application deadline is approaching for the 12th annual Modeling, Experimentation, and Validation (MeV) Summer School. The school will be organized by Argonne National Laboratory and held virtually from July 19-30, 2021.
 
Information and online application instructions are available in the flyer below and on the school’s website at mevschool.net.
 
The deadline for applications is March 30, 2021.
 
Please forward this information to students and colleagues that would benefit from the school.
3/30/2021
  
Now in its eighth year, after successive ground-breaking Summits at Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Texas A&M University, the University of California San Diego, and the University of Tennessee, the Advanced Reactors Summit VIII has adapted to the current climate and will take place virtually.

The AR Summit VII will continue its focus on showcasing technology developers and advancing solutions on the cost and deployment timeframe of advanced reactors, as well as practical ideas and concepts that have the potential of significantly improving advanced reactor design, deployment, and operations.

SPECIAL EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - REGISTER BEFORE  2/19/2021 https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ehjpxmyc63582d81&oseq=&c=&ch=

3/23/2021
  

Idaho National Laboratory and the National University Consortium are organizing a virtual workshop series focused on topics related to the Fission Battery Initiative. The initiative envisions Developing technologies that enable nuclear reactor systems to function as batteries (see attached invitation for more details on the initiative).

These workshops will provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss the research and development needed to establish technologies that can fully achieve battery-like functionality for nuclear energy systems.

The topics and dates of each workshop are listed below, along with a link to register. The final agenda and list of speakers will be released closer to the workshop dates.

Registration is required to attend; please note that each day requires a separate registration. Upon registering you will receive a calendar notice via email which includes the live link for the virtual meeting.

Register Here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7860486004314759952
3/15/2021
  
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) 33rd Annual Regulatory Information Conference (RIC) will take place virtually on March 8-11, 2021. The RIC, NRC’s largest public meeting, brings together nearly 3,000 participants from more than 30 countries representing interested stakeholders from other government agencies, industry, international organizations, and the general public. The RIC, sponsored by the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation and the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, offers an illustrious technical program featuring experts from across the agency as well as speakers from industry, academia, and the community. Throughout the virtual conference, attendees may participate in dynamic sessions featuring panelists addressing a broad range of topics of interest. To compliment the technical program, interactive digital exhibits will be available for participants to view at their leisure. Attendees also have an opportunity to participate in virtual tours of the NRC Operations Center to round out their overall conference experience. Join us to explore the Power of Possibility!
Registration information will be coming soon! Visit NRC’s RIC homepage periodically for updates.

For registration information follow this link: https://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/conference-symposia/ric/index.html
3/8/2021
  
*Enabling the Transition to a Clean Energy Economy
     -Examine the magnitude of the carbon free challenge, decode some of the lingo, pitfalls of both near and far term thinking, potential domino effects, and how scenario planning is critical to the transition.​
*Scenario Planning - Multiple Pathways to a Clean Energy Future
     -Examine the potential pathways and various models used to project them. Meet the experts behind these models and hear about how they approach analyzing carbon reduction scenarios.

REGISTER HERE: https://gain.inl.gov/SitePages/ShapingOurCarbonFreeFutureWebinarSeries.aspx
3/2/2021
  
Are you a current PhD student or did you complete your PhD after January 1, 2019?
Is your research related to Generation IV Advanced Nuclear Energy systems?
Can you explain your research in three minutes?

If you answered yes to those questions, you may be interested in the Pitch your Gen IV Research Competition

Location: Virtual

Date: You can apply between February 1, 2021 and February 28, 2021 by submitting an executive summary of your research.

Cost: Free!

Scientific focus: Generation IV International Forum (GIF) Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems

Click on this link for additional information: https://www.gen-4.org/gif/jcms/c_173183/pitch-your-generation-iv-research-competition
2/28/2021
  

​Currently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) stores ~90 million gallons of radioactive and hazardous waste in ~230 underground tanks at Hanford and Savannah River. At Hanford, approximately 20 million gallons of that waste is in a liquid form (supematant), approximately 10 million gallons is in the form of insoluble sludge materials and the remainder is in a partially soluble solid fform referred to as saltcake. Treatment and immobilization of the tank waste into a glass waste is planned with the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) being the principal plant where this will be accomplished. This webinar focuses on the integrated flowsheet that encompasses storage, retrieval, pretreatment, immobilization, and disposal. The major emphasis or focal point will be the vitrification with respect to: 1) Troublesome waste componenets and their impact on glass formulation/operations; 2) Critical process and products performance properties (why and how they are measured); 3) Process control strategies and use/impact of glass models/algorithms; 4) Relationship between acceptable glass compositional regions and operation flexibility; 5) Significant advancements in glass formulation and the impact on the flowsheet/operations; 6) Operational lessons learned.

REGISTER HERE: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5957158808094990094
2/25/2021
  

Idaho National Laboratory and the National University Consortium are organizing a virtual workshop series focused on topics related to the Fission Battery Initiative. The initiative envisions Developing technologies that enable nuclear reactor systems to function as batteries (see attached invitation for more details on the initiative).

These workshops will provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss the research and development needed to establish technologies that can fully achieve battery-like functionality for nuclear energy systems.

The topics and dates of each workshop are listed below, along with a link to register. The final agenda and list of speakers will be released closer to the workshop dates.

Registration is required to attend; please note that each day requires a separate registration. Upon registering you will receive a calendar notice via email which includes the live link for the virtual meeting.

Register Here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2015560256383093008
2/24/2021
  
GAIN is excited to announce Webinar #2 in our series The Regulatory Route to Commercial Nuclear Deployment - Understanding and Navigating Within the Existing Regulatory Framework

Register Here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7983061760800753679
2/24/2021
  
Digital engineering is a powerful tool that can accelerate the development of advanced nuclear energy projects. It also will be the topic of the first webinar in a new National Reactor Innovation Center series “NRIC Tech Talks.”

The 90-minute webinar will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. MST on Feb. 16, 2021. It will also feature breakout sessions and a panel discussion.

The NRIC Tech Talks webinar series aims to connect nuclear energy innovators with world-class capabilities of the U.S. National Laboratory System to achieve successful demonstration of nuclear carbon-free energy technologies.

REGISTER HERE: https://inlfedramp.gov1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0Nxj7tzRBlTcJ4G
2/16/2021
  
Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) and Partnership for Global Security (PGS) are hosting the release of their new joint report, U.S. Advanced Nuclear Energy Strategy for Domestic Prosperity, Climate Protection, National Security, and Global Leadership.

PGS President Ken Luongo and NEI Executive Director, Judi Greenwald, will summarize the Strategy.  Bloomberg Industry reporter Dean Scott will then moderate a discussion with panelists from ClearPath, Good Energy Collective, and Atlantic Council. You can find more information and register for the webinar here: https://mailchi.mp/283590f23fc9/invitation-new-advanced-reactor-strategy-report-release-webinar-4843857
2/16/2021
  

Idaho National Laboratory and the National University Consortium are organizing a virtual workshop series focused on topics related to the Fission Battery Initiative. The initiative envisions Developing technologies that enable nuclear reactor systems to function as batteries (see attached invitation for more details on the initiative).

These workshops will provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss the research and development needed to establish technologies that can fully achieve battery-like functionality for nuclear energy systems.

The topics and dates of each workshop are listed below, along with a link to register. The final agenda and list of speakers will be released closer to the workshop dates.

Registration is required to attend; please note that each day requires a separate registration. Upon registering you will receive a calendar notice via email which includes the live link for the virtual meeting.

Register Here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7669131398663102480
2/10/2021
  
*Enabling the Transition to a Clean Energy Economy
     -Examine the magnitude of the carbon free challenge, decode some of the lingo, pitfalls of both near and far term thinking, potential domino effects, and how scenario planning is critical to the transition.​
*Scenario Planning - Multiple Pathways to a Clean Energy Future
     -Examine the potential pathways and various models used to project them. Meet the experts behind these models and hear about how they approach analyzing carbon reduction scenarios.
2/2/2021
  
Today, knowledge on MOX fuel behavior in fast neutron reactors comes mainly from feedback on SFRs that have operated in the past in Europe, USA, Japan and are still in service in Russia, India and China. The GENERATION-IV systems (SFR, GFR, LFR, FSMR...) with the associated fuel cycle strategy have been chosen to face the requirements of safety, non-proliferation, sustainability and waste minimization. This completion is possible thanks to the flexibility of fast neutron systems: they offer the possibility of using plutonium and uranium coming from spent fuel, making the best use of resources while reducing waste. Thus (U,Pu)O2 has proved to be the most ready candidate to achieve these performances in reactor and
during the fuel cycle. Mox fuel is suitable for exemple for multirecycling, isogeneration, burning or breeding plutonium through adjustment of Pu concentration. Taking into account a wide range of fuel composition (Pu content: 20 to 45%), irradiation conditions and applying the safety criteria, we will present the state of the art on MOX fuel for GENIV systems with respect to knowledge and qualification.
The knowledge on (U,Pu)O2 will be presented under the aspects of material properties and fuel behavior under irradiation with post irradiation examinations and modelling. The methodology of MOX qualification will be will be detailed with TRL (Technological Readiness Level) scale evaluation and the need to extend the qualification area in order to cover all design, composition and situations described above.
The support of the international organizations (GIF, OECD/NEA, IAEA, EURATOM) to scientific and technological issues will be assessed.
1/28/2021
  

Idaho National Laboratory and the National University Consortium are organizing a virtual workshop series focused on topics related to the Fission Battery Initiative. The initiative envisions Developing technologies that enable nuclear reactor systems to function as batteries (see attached invitation for more details on the initiative).

These workshops will provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss the research and development needed to establish technologies that can fully achieve battery-like functionality for nuclear energy systems.

The topics and dates of each workshop are listed below, along with a link to register. The final agenda and list of speakers will be released closer to the workshop dates.

Registration is required to attend; please note that each day requires a separate registration. Upon registering you will receive a calendar notice via email which includes the live link for the virtual meeting.

Register Here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1803674470105893136
1/27/2021
  
GAIN is excited to announce a new webinar series to provide historical context to the regulatory framework we have today. Join us January 27th from Noon - 3:00 p.m. (MST) for webinar #1 Paving the Way: A Historic Journey to Deployment.

Register at https://gain.inl.gov/SitePages/RegulatoryWebinarSeries.aspx
1/27/2021
  

Idaho National Laboratory and the National University Consortium are organizing a virtual workshop series focused on topics related to the Fission Battery Initiative. The initiative envisions Developing technologies that enable nuclear reactor systems to function as batteries (see attached invitation for more details on the initiative).

These workshops will provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss the research and development needed to establish technologies that can fully achieve battery-like functionality for nuclear energy systems.

The topics and dates of each workshop are listed below, along with a link to register. The final agenda and list of speakers will be released closer to the workshop dates.

Registration is required to attend; please note that each day requires a separate registration. Upon registering you will receive a calendar notice via email which includes the live link for the virtual meeting.

Register Here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4667274439322936080
1/20/2021
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