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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
  
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/3804573426914027536
1/13/2021
  
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 example 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.
1/5/2021
  
Flows in opaque systems can present a significant challenge to experimental investigators. Understanding flow phenomena in reactor components often relies on the use of simulation, as well as experiments using surrogate materials and fluids to
allow optical access. Positron emission particle tracking (PEPT) is a radiotracer-based technique that uses the same technology as the medical imaging platform PET (positron emission tomography). As such, PEPT can be used to directly study flows in opaque systems. The research focus has been on the development and deployment of new PEPT reconstruction algorithms that allow the simultaneous tracking of multiple tracers, increasing data collection efficiency and enabling new measurements. Herein Dr. Wiggins will discuss the basics of PEPT, as well as its utility for measurements in pipes, heat exchangers, and pebble beds, among other systems. The data gleaned from such experiments can be used for both fundamental understanding of flow phenomena and validation of the computational fluid dynamics models being used for next generation reactor design.
REGISTER HERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8540703269334646799
12/17/2020
  
Planning is currently underway for "What Inspires Us," Event #2. The webinar will be held on December 2, 2020 from 2:30 - 4:00 pm ET and will feature Chris Levesque, president and chief executive officer of TerraPower and Clay Sell, chief executive officer of X-energy.

Please register for NRIC "What Inspires Us" webinar on Dec 2, 2020 at:
 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8693650835377583376
12/2/2020
  
This webinar will be useful for analysts, decision makers, and strategic thinkers in and around the advanced nuclear industry. Information discussed will be of particular interest to those contributing to sales, business and market development, policy, and external affairs efforts aimed at commercial deployment of advanced nuclear technologies.
Registration Information: https://gain.inl.gov/SitePages/GAIN_WebinarSeries_EPL.aspx
12/1/2020
  
Neutrinos were first conceived of in a desperate ploy to save the conservation of energy in nuclear beta decay.  From a nuclear engineering perspective, they are an ever present but ultimately inconsequential by-products of nuclear fission.  But to particle physicists, nuclear reactors are an essential and extraordinarily bright source of neutrinos, which are responsible for some of the most important advancements of the last 70 years, from the discovery of the neutrino at the Savannah River’s P reactor in 1956, through current times when reactors are used as the source for studies of neutrino fundamental properties.  Advances in neutrino detector technology and a recent finding that neutrinos can be used to track the production of plutonium in the core have made it possible for particle physicists to contemplate giving back to the nuclear industry.  As a new type of non-invasive instrumentation, neutrino detectors may, for example, have a role to play in non-proliferation safeguard regimes, particularly for advanced reactors.  Ultimately, the potential of neutrino applications can only be properly assessed in a collaborative effort between particle physicists and nuclear engineers. This webinar reviews the discoveries and other major advances in neutrino physics that have been enabled by nuclear reactors, and explores the ways that neutrino detectors may be used to monitor reactors or as reactor instrumentation.

Regieter Here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6399830984023644687
11/19/2020
  
About the Event
According to the 2019 Gartner IoT Implementation survey, 62% of organizations with IoT capabilities are implementing digital twins. Recent global disruptions have proven that data-driven manufacturing organizations are increasing their competitive edge.

Does your organization have the agility to compete at the speed your customers demand? 

Experience the premier industrial Digital Twin Summit, brought to you by ASME.

Register here: https://digitaltwin.asme.org/?utm_source=MK&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=08252020_MK_GeneralMktg&utm_content=SEG0013162&asmepromo=MER0020729
11/11/2020
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