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.
Application Deadline for Cycle 2021-1 of the Industry Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to be Extended from April 30, 2021 to May 28, 2021
The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) continues to evaluate its fiscal year (FY) 2021 appropriations to determine impacts on and priorities for its various research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) programs. However, due to shifting priorities within the Department in response to the Congressionally-initiated Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program and the need to support multiple high profile commitments, combined with near-term uncertainties due to the ongoing administration and leadership transition, NE has determined that it is in the best interest of both the advanced reactor technology development community and the Government to extend the application due date for Cycle 2021-1 for the Industry FOA from April 30, 2021 to May 28, 2021.
Official notification of this date extension has been issued via Amendment 011 to U.S. Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Funding Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-0001817. https://www.id.energy.gov/NEWS/FOA/FOAOpportunities/FOA.htm.
At this time, NE anticipates executing two Industry FOA award cycles during FY 2021. As soon as possible following this notification, NE will update its estimate of FY 2021 funds available for Industry FOA awards via a question and answer (Q&A) update posted to the Industry FOA webpage. Such funds will be maximized to the extent practical, while balancing NE requirements for industry, university, national laboratory, and cross-cutting RD&D and support of enabling capabilities.
The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announced today that three nuclear companies will be provided GAIN Nuclear Energy (NE) Vouchers to accelerate the innovation and application of advanced nuclear technologies. NE vouchers provide advanced nuclear technology innovators with access to the extensive nuclear research capabilities and expertise available across the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory complex. This is the first set of awards in FY 2021. The businesses selected to receive GAIN nuclear energy vouchers for Round 2 FY 2021 are: Lightbridge Corp. - Reston, VA, Oklo Inc. - Sunnyvale, CA, Radiant - El Segundo, CA
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