WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced it has selected two U.S.-based teams to receive $160 million in initial funding under the new Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP). ARDP, announced in May, is designed to help domestic private industry demonstrate advanced nuclear reactors in the United States.
DOE is awarding TerraPower LLC (Bellevue, WA) and X-energy (Rockville, MD) $80 million each in initial funding to build two advanced nuclear reactors that can be operational within seven years. The awards are cost-shared partnerships with industry that will deliver two first-of-a-kind advanced reactors to be licensed for commercial operations. The Department will invest a total of $3.2 billion over seven years, subject to the availability of future appropriations, with our industry partners providing matching funds.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced funding for three domestic projects that will accelerate advanced nuclear technology development. These projects, valued at $26.9 million including industry cost-share contributions, will allow industry-led teams to advance the state of domestic commercial nuclear capability.
Two awards will advance flexible operation of light-water reactors with integrated hydrogen production systems. The third will leverage the modeling and simulation capabilities developed from the DOE Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) program and Energy Innovation Hub for Modeling & Simulation (Hub).
The awards are through the Office of Nuclear Energy’s (NE) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) U.S. Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development, in collaboration with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office for the hydrogen-related selections. Subsequent application reviews and selection processes will be conducted through December 2022, as supported by Congressional appropriations.
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Small and micro-scale modular reactors have received considerable attention for their potential to
reduce costs, load follow and meet electricity needs in places where the size of conventional reactor
technologies is unwarranted. This small scale is particularly relevant in the developing world where
large centralized grids are uncommon and the need for electricity is considerable. More than
1 billion people globally are currently estimated to live without access to any electricity. The
Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for reliable, affordable and clean energy for all people
by 2030, creating an additional imperative for rapid low carbon technological deployment. This talk
will present a novel market analysis of near-term energy demand. We use state-of-the-art satellite
imagery to identify regions with no night-time light as a proxy for electricity poverty, and ambient
population to determine the number of persons in these regions. GIS is used to create
corresponding maps showing the capacity needed to provide this degree of electricity as a function
of location if only micro and mini-grids are available. Additional considerations including resilience
to natural hazards, siting considerations and competitive technologies are discussed.
This Request for Information (RFI) is intended to gather information on the various micro-reactor
technology options available for fixed-site applications only and to survey commercial stakeholders
interested in the potential to finance, construct, install, operate, and own a micro-reactor for the
notional requirements outlined in this RFI. It should be noted that while this RFI is focused on fixedsite applications, there may be cases where micro-reactor technology developed for mobile
applications provides the capabilities required for fixed-site applications. The responses to this request
will provide important information and insights for the Government’s potential pursuit of a microreactor pilot program.
DLA Energy Request for Information – Air Force OEA: Micro Reactor Pilot Program