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The 2-day in-person workshop will bring together subject matter experts over our national laboratories, industry, and standard bodies to accelerate the development, qualification, demonstration and deployment of advanced materials and manufacturing technologies to enable reliable and economical nuclear energy. This year’s workshop of the Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Technologies (AMMT) program will highlight the work being done to establish a comprehensive framework for rapid qualification of advanced materials & manufacturing technologies to maintain U.S. leadership in cross-cutting technologies for nuclear energy.
This workshop will include plenary presentations, panel sessions, and will offer tours of the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) and other Oak Ridge National Laboratory Facilities. Please plan to attend the in-person workshop which begins on Tuesday, May 23 and concludes on Wednesday, May 24.

The new High Temperature Reactor (HTR) designs being considered for future Gen IV nuclear reactor deployment include designs utilizing molten salt as the primary coolant. These molten-salt cooled, graphite core designs pose new material compatibility challenges that are not considered within the gas-cooled HTR designs that have been previously built and operated. In MSRs, graphite is not only exposed to fast neutron irradiation but also in continuous contact with the coolant molten salt, the fuel salt, or both, depending on the design. The continuous operation in contact with the molten salts is expected to affect graphite’s local composition and microstructure, which in turn impacts the mechanical, thermal, and irradiation-resistance properties of the graphite. These issues are currently under investigation within the DOE Advanced Reactor Technologies (ART) graphite program and will be presented at this seminar.

The 2-day in-person workshop will bring together subject matter experts over our national laboratories, industry, and standard bodies to accelerate the development, qualification, demonstration and deployment of advanced materials and manufacturing technologies to enable reliable and economical nuclear energy. This year’s workshop of the Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Technologies (AMMT) program will highlight the work being done to establish a comprehensive framework for rapid qualification of advanced materials & manufacturing technologies to maintain U.S. leadership in cross-cutting technologies for nuclear energy.
This workshop will include plenary presentations, panel sessions, and will offer tours of the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) and other Oak Ridge National Laboratory Facilities. Please plan to attend the in-person workshop which begins on Tuesday, May 23 and concludes on Wednesday, May 24.

Communities across the country are considering nuclear projects for many reasons - from diversifying regional economies, creating clean energy jobs or meeting carbon reduction goals, to increasing energy security and rebuilding the U.S. supply chain.  Some communities have a familiarity with nuclear energy projects, while others are just beginning to evaluate potential interest.  The ECA Forum is designed to bring communities, SMR and advanced nuclear project developers, federal and state governments together to enable shared learning and to build the partnerships necessary to address opportunities for new nuclear development.

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Ten projects selected to accelerate current and advanced nuclear reactor demonstrations and deployments 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded $22.1 million to 10 industry-led projects, including two aimed at expanding clean hydrogen production with nuclear energy and one focused on bringing a microreactor design closer to deployment. The other projects intend to tackle nuclear regulatory hurdles, improve operations of existing reactors, and facilitate new advanced reactor developments. Each of these projects will help advance nuclear technology and ensure nuclear power continues to play a crucial role in meeting President Biden’s emission reduction and climate change goals.

As arguably the very first nuclear reactor core material, graphite has been utilized in a variety of nuclear applications since Enrico Fermi first stacked up bricks of graphite in a university squash court. But why? Graphite is not the first material that comes to mind when considering the extreme environment anticipated within a nuclear core. Materials with high strength, toughness, hermeticity, and hardness are traditional material choices for this demanding application. Graphite exhibits only moderate, or even low, values for these material properties. This presentation will address these issues and attempt to demonstrate that graphite is nearly the perfect material choice for these (Very) High Temperature Reactor designs. The latest information on graphite’s unique crystal structure and bulk microstructure which provide the desired properties, the (baffling) irradiation behavior, the expected response to anticipated degradation, and how the nuclear graphite community is establishing the operational safety envelop of the core components within these new advanced reactor designs will be discussed. We’ll finish up with a short demonstration of why nuclear graphite cannot burn (No, Chernobyl graphite fires did not happen)

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Nuclear innovation in small modular reactors (SMRs) has the potential to address multiple energy policy priorities around the world, from decarbonising electricity and deep decarbonisation of hard-to-abate sectors, to ensuring security of energy supply, and promoting economic development and prosperity. A wide range of SMR concepts are under development around the world to help meet these energy policy priorities. They are at different levels of technology readiness, with several taking significant steps towards commercialisation.

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Purpose: Update the advanced nuclear industry on databases of nuclear technology information and explain the newly approved GAIN Legacy Document Release Process and how it works.

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Nuclear power was first developed for use by the U.S. Navy at sea. Today, advanced reactors provide the opportunity to use nuclear power in a broad range of commercial applications within the maritime industry.

Maritime professionals and advanced reactor vendors will learn more about each other’s industries: both the market opportunities for advanced reactors and the technical progress being made by reactor vendors.

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This webinar highlights the history, describes the status, and examines the strategy for safe final disposal of spent nuclear fuel in Finland. A privately held company, Posiva Solutions Oy, is responsible for the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel of its owners. Posiva is charged with research & development, planning and design, as well as the construction and operation of the encapsulation plant and final disposal facility.

Following the site investigation (1983–1999), Posiva applied for a decision-in-principle from the Finnish government and parliament. It was granted 2001. In 2012, Posiva applied for the construction permit, which was authorized in 2015, and started preparatory construction works in 2016. Construction works of the encapsulation plant and the excavation of the underground facilities started in 2019 and will be ready in 2023. Posiva submitted the operating permit application to the Finnish government in December 2021.A Trial Run of Final Disposal (TRFD) will be carried out in 2024, prior to the estimated start of the operation in 2025. Safeguards are applied for the first time for a spent fuel repository.

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 This workshop seeks to identify cybersecurity research and development needs to support future nuclear innovation.  The conversation will include panel discussions about the efficient and effective implementation of cybersecurity risk management and controls for advanced reactors, as well as industry-envisioned future deployment concepts that may need new approaches to cybersecurity.  The sessions will be organized around 1) the perspectives of reactor designers as they consider current and future deployments; and 2) barriers to implementing current and emerging cybersecurity best practices in nuclear control systems.

2023 California Environmental Assembly
Can Modular Nuclear Reactors Help Save The Planet?
For decades, the mainstream California environmental community has firmly been opposed to the proliferation of nuclear power facilities. As the energy sector is transitioning to support a clean economy, the need for nuclear technology is changing and new advanced reactors being designed and demonstrated today are distinctly different from the reactors built several decades ago. In fall 2022, California passed legislation to extend the life of Diablo Canyon by 5 years in recognition of its contribution to carbon free energy. Are these changes enough to warrant reconsideration of the historical position of environmentalists, not just in California but around the world?
Our panelists will discuss the latest energy models to achieve a clean economy and how nuclear may contribute, how nuclear technology has changed and the impact on safety and waste. They will discuss how the DOE is supporting the demonstration of these new technologies. They will also discuss the state and local efforts underway across the nation to conduct feasibility studies associated with these new technologies including repowering coal stations with advanced nuclear technology.
The panel will also address abiding skepticism about the short- and long-term dollar costs associated with the production and installation of Modular Nuclear Reactors and will examine the critical question of how fast MNR’S can be brought on line in sufficient quantity to materially slow global warming.
Conference participants are encouraged to join the panel and be prepared to ask what they might consider to be “tough” questions, keeping in mind the evolving and growing extreme hazards of unchecked climate change.”
Moderator: Todd Allmendinger, Director of Consulting and Research, Cleantech Group (bio pending)
Alice Caponiti, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Reactor Fleet and Advanced Reactor Deployment, Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy
Christine King, Director of Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN), Idaho National Laboratory
Dr Mike Laufer, CEO Kairos Power
Thursday Feb 2
Modular Nuclear Reactors: 9 am to 10:30 am, Pacific
ATTENDEE LINK To View the sessions:
Assembly Webinar link:
Assembly Page with webinar link and recordings to be posted after the Assembly:
As the title says, Molten Salt Reactors (MSR) utilize molten salt in their core. Especially, when it is used as a fuel carrier, it provides enormous designing freedom. Consequently, there are many concepts available in the literature; some more matured than others. Recently there was a common effort at IAEA to classify these concepts and create MSR taxonomy. This taxonomy will be briefly introduced in the seminar together with the reactor physics characterization of the major MSR classes and families. Particular MSR features will be discussed and listed together with the involved families. The fuel cycle performance will be evaluated from neutronics perspective. It will include discussion about cross- section of applicable material for MSR construction. Several MSR families will be classified according to the breeding gain and applicable fuel cycles. Last but not least, salt composition and distribution in the MSR system during its operation will be presented together with an initial assessment of possible radionuclides release during accidental conditions.

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The Mechanisms Engineering Test Loop (METL) facility, established in 2010, is an intermediate-scale liquid metal experimental facility that provides purified R-grade sodium to various experimental test vessels to evaluate components required to operate in a prototypical Sodium Fast Reactor (SFR) environment. The METL facility has the capability to test small to intermediate-scale components and systems in order to develop advanced liquid metal technologies. METL is a flexible facility as multiple configurations are available, enabling the hosting of experimental investigations from a range of disciplines with cross-cutting results. The presentation will provide an overview of METLs entire ecosystem; beginning with the flagship facility’s design methodology, construction and virtual tour. Supporting equipment such as the qualifying stations, test article removal/insertion flexible-cask and alkali metal passivation techniques/hardware will be covered as well. METLs demonstrated capabilities and infrastructure available to facilitate various research initiatives are summarized and the webinar will conclude with a highlight reel of current experimental programs as well as, what future technologies/demonstrations to expect from the METL team.

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Energy systems are often compared on the basis of their economics.  However, these can vary with location as can access to resources, labor, transportation networks and the receptiveness of host communities.  Natural hazards and climate impacts can also vary dramatically from one location to another. This webinar provides an overview of energy related geospatial analytics at the Colorado School of Mines that grew Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) funding.

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An upcoming workshop will focus on the technology challenges, knowledge
gaps and research needs associated with developing, demonstrating and
applying lightweight materials. These materials can be used for successful
deployment and operation of simplied advanced reactor technologies. The
workshop is a collaboration between the Fission Battery Initiative, within Idaho
National Laboratory’s Nuclear Reactor Sustainment and Expanded Deployment
Initiative, and the National University Consortium.
The workshop will include presentations and discussions on topics related to
advanced manufacturing, modeling and simulation, articial intelligence and
testing and qualication capabilities.
Registration link
U.S. citizens, please register by Oct. 25. Non-U.S. citizens, please register by Oct. 12
to allow time for adequate security planning.
The second annual MARVEL Technology Review Webinar will be held on October 19-20, 2022, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm MT (11:00 am to 4:00 pm ET) each day.

The Microreactor Applications Research Validation and Evaluation Project (MARVEL) is a DOE Microreactor Program-sponsored research effort led by Idaho National Laboratory, in collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory, to demonstrate microreactor technology and application integration. It will be the FIRST microreactor connected to and powering a microgrid! The MARVEL team would like to share their experiences and progress with the broader stakeholder community.

The objectives of this event are to:
• Day 1: Provide an update on MARVEL’s technical progress in 2022
• Day 2: Review utilization options and gather initial feedback from the industry on intent to use MARVEL and potential timeframes.

This is an invitation only event. If you have questions or would like an invitation, please email
Registration will open in June 2022
Topics to be presented during the 2022 workshop will include:

* Overviews of US Department of Energy (DOE) and US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) MSR released activities
* Overviews of the US DOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) MSR technology development and advanced modeling and simulation activities
* DOE-NE and NRC sponsored MSR activities overviews
* Safeguards and proliferation resistance
* Salt chemistry
* Salt irradiation
* Modeling and simulation
* Reactor operations and monitoring
* Safety and licensing
* Overviews of the current status from several MSR reactor developers Deployment

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Featured Speakers:
 • Jim Schaefer, Guggenheim Securities
 • Stephen Comello, Energy Futures Initiative

There is no cost to participate in the this event, however advance registration is required. Please click here to register. A Zoom link will be sent prior to the event.
We look forward to a very timely, informative discussion and will offer opportunities for questions and answers. If you have any questions or if ECA can be of any assistance, please contact Sarah Templeton, ECA Program Manager, at or Kara Colton, ECA Director of Nuclear Policy, at

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Join us in learning more about the Converting Coal Plants into Nuclear Plants report with the expert team who conducted the study. We'll take a deep dive into the study and learn more about the impacts the transition from coal to nuclear can make.

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Please join the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Nuclear Energy for a webinar on its consent-based siting funding opportunity announcement (FOA). On Oct. 3, 2022, from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST, hear from DOE Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Dr. Kathryn Huff, and DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition, Sam Brinton.

The purpose of this webinar is to share progress on DOE's consent-based siting efforts and answer questions about the recent funding opportunity announcement. The $16 million FOA was issued to support public engagement and dialogue with DOE regarding a consent-based process to site one or more federal consolidated interim storage facilities for the nation’s spent nuclear fuel.

In this Webinar, development of ISI rules for SFRs using the System Based Code (SBC) concept is introduced. The SBC concept consists of three parts: 1) design to reliability target that must be met throughout the service life, 2) margin exchange among the various technical areas of concern such as design, inspection, fabrication, and fitness for service, and 3) expand technical options by the timely adoption of newly developed technologies that are not in current codes and standards. Such a flexible and consistent concept is suitable to develop ISI rules by taking account of individual features of SFR plants. A unique logic flow to determine ISI requirements by using reliability targets for components is discussed, and the procedure to derive the reliability targets from plant safety requirements and to evaluate corresponding structural reliability is presented.

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The Nuclear Power Institute of China has developed many small and medium (SMR) reactors including those used for nuclear seawater desalination, nuclear district heating, and nuclear-powered commercial ships, multi-purpose small modular pressurized reactors. Developing nuclear energy is a measure of meeting national economic development and satisfying the need for energy conservation and reduction of emissions. Large size nuclear power units are less suitable to regional networks and non-electric fields, highlighting the importance of studying small and medium reactors. Small reactors are also in high demand for developing countries and the vast Midwest of China. Domestic cities and regions are also in urgent need of nuclear energy for heating, desalination, and district heating.

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New speakers confirmed:
• Dr. Kathryn Huff, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy;
• David Wright, Commissioner, Nuclear Regulatory Commission;
• Todd Shrader, Deputy Director for Project Management, Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations;
• James Schaefer, Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Securities;
• Richard Arnold, Spokesperson, Consolidated Group of Tribes and Organizations;
• Sharon Fain, Vice President, Rocky Mountain Power Wyoming;
• Rita Meyer, Executive Outreach, TerraPower;
• Christine Csizmadia, Senior Manager for State Outreach, Nuclear Energy Institute
• Rick McLeod, President/CEO, Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization;
• Dave McCormack, Executive Director, Clean Energy Supplier Alliance;
• Karl Dye, President/CEO, Tri-City Development Council; and
• Jackie Toth, Deputy Director, Good Energy Collective; addition to representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy and Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, national laboratories, University of Michigan’s Fastest Path to Zero, the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear, the National Reactor Innovation Center, and more!
To better understand how to match potential host community strengths and needs with those of advanced nuclear project developers, ECA’s Energy Communities Forum on Hosting New Nuclear Development will:
• Provide a venue for nuclear technology and project developers to meet and interact with interested potential host communities, with exhibition booth spaces and separate, small meeting room availability.
• Share lessons learned from communities and developers hosting nuclear power facilities or federal nuclear missions and outline what local government needs to understand and should consider as potential hosts for nuclear projects.
• Facilitate discussions to better understand the outlook for new nuclear development and provide realistic timelines for local governments and economic development entities looking at siting, regulation, public-private partnerships and how to build support from the ground-up. 
The agenda features five case studies on new nuclear development in Idaho; Richland, Washington; Kemmerer, Wyoming; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and Portsmouth, Ohio with presentations by the teams – from the developer, utility, local government, and local economic development entities – on progress being made and the challenges that remain.
For questions - including discounts for ECA members and local governments - please contact Sarah Templeton, ECA Program Manager, at

* Discuss a potential new DOE Program on innovative materials research for fuel cladding for advanced reactors.
* Review the results of the GAIN Innovative Materials Research Workshop help on June 15, 2022.
* Inform program objectives and gather supplier, developer, university researcher, and national laboratory input to determine priority research directions.

The scope of the Innovative Cladding Materials Research Program will include the following:

* Innovative cladding materials research, including core materials that provide structure (e.g., grid plates, materials that are removed from the core along with refueling activities)
* Innovative characterization and testing methods
* Innovative new methods of qualifying material "quicker"
* Research needs spanning the next 20 years

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Molten salt reactors (MSRs) are being considered as one of the potential nuclear options to meet future energy demands. While the MSR designs differ from the more traditional light water reactor, many of the waste streams are similar between the concepts. Other streams differ drastically. This presentation outlines strategies for the treatment and processing of MSR-type wastes from concepts of reconditioning and recycle of certain components to partitioning and direct immobilization of other waste components. The primary focus will be on the management of fuel salt related wastes while other streams unique to MSRs are also briefly discussed.

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Austenitic stainless steels are widely used as in-core materials in current nuclear systems, due to a combination of corrosion resistance, ductility, and other mechanical properties. However, in the next generation nuclear systems that will be operated at higher temperature and higher level of neutron irradiation, the use of austenitic stainless steels is largely avoided mostly due to poor void swelling resistance. In this regard, our research group developed an austenitic SS with uniformly distributed nanosized NbC precipitates, named as ARES-6P, by controlling chemical composition and thermo-mechanical processing. To demonstrate the radiation resistance, heavy ion irradiation was performed at high temperatures to the damage level of ~200 displacement per atom (dpa). The measured void swelling of ARES-6P was 2‒3%, which was considerably less compared to commercial 316 stainless steel and comparable to ferritic martensitic steels. In addition, the increment of hardness measured by nano-indentation was much smaller for ARES-6P compared to 316 stainless steel. Though some nanosized NbC precipitates were dissociated under relatively high dose rate (~5.0 × 10-4 dpa s-1), a sufficient number of NbC precipitates remained to act as sink sites for the point defects, resulting in superior radiation resistance. Both significantly less void swelling and less irradiation hardening indicate the superior irradiation resistance of ARES-6P for the application of next generation nuclear systems. Register NOW at:
Please join us for this GIF-IAEA-NEA joint webinar addressing the Role of Nuclear Energy in Reducing CO2 Emissions. The event features 20-minute presentations from each of our guest speakers, followed by a 30- minute panel discussion in responses to audience questions.

Distiguished Guest Speakers: Dr. Shannon Bragg-Sitton, Mr. Wei Huang, Ms. Diane Cameron
Moderators: Dr. Patricia Paviet and Dr. Tatjana Jevremovic

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Purpose: Convene supply chain and procurement leaders from the energy industry sector to explore gaps, opportunities, and solutions in the advanced nuclear supply chain. Discussions will bring awareness and teamwork to ensure sustainable and competitive deployment of advanced reactors. 

Key Topics:
• Perspectives in Supply Chain Gaps and Challenges
• Solutions and Opportunities: When to Team- When to Compete
• Next Steps: Formalizing Action

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Join us for a national workshop exploring strategies for and the many benefits of repurposing legacy fossil fuel infrastructure, including closed coal mines, coal power plants, and orphaned oil and gas wells.

Leveraging and transforming legacy fossil fuel infrastructure creates the opportunity for a skilled workforce to access new sources of high-quality jobs and for states and communities to increase tax revenues. As clean energy, manufacturing, and other innovative companies grow, energy communities are an attractive option for locating new and expanding operations because they often offer:

A skilled workforce with knowledge of industrial operations
Entrenched community relationships
Access to rail lines, ports, highways, and other distribution infrastructure
Electrical interconnect equipment and direct grid connections
Industrial land, facilities, and potentially even site and permitting licenses
Register for this half-day workshop featuring expertise on site remediation and reclamation, worker training and upskilling of dislocated workers, and the broad range of options for capitalizing on existing fossil fuel infrastructure.
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