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Third Way - Nuclear Reimagined

Through GAIN, DOE is making its state-of-the-art and continuously improving RD&D infrastructure available to stakeholders to achieve faster and cost-effective development of innovative nuclear energy technologies toward commercial readiness. The capabilities accessible through GAIN include: 

  • Experimental capabilities with primary emphasis on nuclear and radiological facilities but also including other testing capabilities (e.g., thermal-hydraulic loops, control systems testing, etc.).
  • Computational capabilities along with state-of-the-art modeling and simulation tools.
  • Information and data through a knowledge and validation center.
  • Intellectual capabilities (e.g., project management, economic analysis, technology road mapping, seismic analysis, regulatory planning, etc.).
  • Land use and site information for demonstration facilities.

DOE National Laboratory Capabilities
​Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF)

Through the 
Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) program, DOE launched the Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Database (NEID), which provides a catalog of existing nuclear energy-related infrastructure that can potentially be accessed through GAIN.  NEID currently includes information on 963 research and development instruments in 465 facilities at 132 institutions in the United States and abroad. Nuclear technology developers can access the database to identify resources available to support development and implementation of their technology, as well as contacts, availability, and the process for accessing the capability.

INL Site Conditions and Properties
September 2015

This report provides a high-level review of potential technical commercial, and natural components likely to influence the planning, preparing, and positioning for the future by investing in the build-out of energy systems at Idaho National Laboratory.